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Nobody deserves to get shot and killed because they cheated, which isn't what the article says. Frontier justice...how foolish. Why don't we just go ahead and round up lynching parties in these cases... Or better yet, the next time someone is murdered and you feel it was 'frontier justice' why don't we just give them a slap on the back and congratulate them on keeping the little woman in line. Hey, are you one of those guys that believes that if a woman is wearing a miniskirt and over at Cactus Canyon she is just asking for the little piece of action that she was forced into taking? Wow... I bet you think a guy slapping the little woman around a little here and there to keep her in her place is okay too.
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@ GoliadChica "You know what we like about Goliad? That is stays small and people mind their own darn business."
Maybe that is why you like Goliad....but maybe not why I do. And it IS my business when its my tax dollars going to get thrown out like trash on a fight that we should have never started!!!!!!
You know, this is ridiculous. The Navy offers an obscene amount of money for this place, way more than its worth, and they refused it. They played nice for months and the bottom line is, they were always going to get it. Now these incredibly bright elected officials, after having lost quite a bit of money when they didn't take the 2.3 million, are going to waste more money on trying to fight something that they cannot win. What brilliance...I am blinding by it all the way over here!
"There are no plans to do anything else with the hospital," Puente said. "As far as I am concerned, it's off the table."
Wow, so if someone lets someone else visit a home that was not up to code (probably 60 to 70% of the homes here in Yorktown) then the city can come in and regulate the visitors and purpose of your personal property?
I said it in a comment on the last article, and I will say it again, nothing Mr. Ross does or says, or anyone else, will change or sway the powers that be. Its a shame but there it is. Mr. Puente said so himself.
Were I you, Mr. Ross, I think I would take this is as a violation of my rights as a property owner in this great state and I may have to use my god given skills as an attorney to assist them in seeing the fault in this.
I guess what makes me angrier than anything is that before anyone even spoke at this meeting it is MORE than obvious that Mr. Puente had already made up his mind and there will be no compromise from him or the city.
Thats odd, I was told by the district manager that they had been attempting to get help for months from the owner of the building due to leakage in the stock room area of the store and that when the last storm came through that they had inventory damaged. I was told the store was closed so that their insurance company could get an estimate to the damages and for the safety of their workers. She didn't mention anything about Marcus Puente in the conversation. But of course, you must be in the 'know' around here to have that information. Irregardless, the issue for me is that there is so many better and more important things for them to work on, period.
Okay VicAd...how about some follow up reporting here? Was this issue addressed at city council? Some of us couldn't attend the meeting and I would like to know. And for the record, the city didn't shut down the Dollar General. The rains from recent tropical weather caused the roof to collapse....they closed it themselves.
I see that Yorktown's city leaders biggest defenders have become strangely silent after such vicious and dogged defense of their actions. It will be interesting to see how this plays out and people actually show up at the city council meeting about this. That actually does work. When there was talk of revamping and redoing the outdated animal ordinace and attempting to control livestock within the city limits it was a packed house. All of the sudden the ordinance talk went away. We will see.
It doesn't matter how many of you comment or disagree with the cities actions. Things are never going to change here. Everything depends on who you are and what you own....
If you don't live here, they don't care, and even if you do, they probably won't care then either. So just let it go.
@smalltowngal2.... From reading your posts I deduce that you are somehow connected to Mr. Puente..girlfriend, friend, relative, whatever. I am correct when I state Mr. Puente has no experience as a city manager. He may have experience working in large cities where he was an assistant to a city manager, but not a city manager. And before you go off on me, understand that I think on the whole he has done a good job with what he has had to work with. I am not debating his intelligence or his education. But lets be honest here. Mr. Puente got the job because he is a hometown boy, just like how the city chose its engineering firm, and another local boy as chief of police.
This is Yorktown, not Bryan, not Austin. I would love for us to have animal control and decent police and good streets. I applaud his efforts to get public input on the budget and to actually attempt to things the legal way around here. But really, the hospital??? There wasn't ONE thing that was more important than killing ANOTHER business in town???
And who are you to judge what is respectable mam? You are sitting here insulting another persons belief system, and to be honest, so was Mr. Puente. I personally think that this ghost hunting is about like chucacabra hunting....a lot of fuss with nothing there. But just because I don't feel that it is something that is real doesn't make it less real to the people who DO believe. Personally, I don't care why people come here and spend money as long as it isn't hurting anyone OR breaking the law as long as money is spent. And if you believe that the oil field is going to keep us running forever, you are even younger than you sound on your posts.
Marfa makes a killing of its little lights and I don't see why that should be a bad thing here.
And as far as consulting attorneys, I am sure he did. At taxpayer expense, of course. And if you believe that how this city does its job and conducts is business is completely legal then your wrong, however, I am sure that what he did in this instance was legal and proper, I have no doubt of that. I haven't read anyone imply what he did was illegal. But whether or not it was right, I don't believe so.
I simply don't understand why the property owner wasn't given time to make repairs and clean up before this was done. Someone doing something with the building instead of it sitting there falling down is a good thing to me.
This is such a joke. The wonderful "City of Yorktown" has been neglected and abandoned by its 'city leaders' for years. The prior city manager was horrible and he worked here for YEARS. The chief of police is incompetent and is protected by the city council. The current city administrator is very inexperienced and while well intentioned I think, has missed the mark on this. Yes, the building is an eyesore. And I don't think mowing the yard or putting a more professional sign (i.e. the spray painted sign) would detract too much from the atmosphere of the place. The exterior of the building is really really bad and it is one of the first things that people see when they come into town.
However, the actual importance of the hospital in relation to all the other things that need to be done to this town is ridiculous. There are drug dealers here, there are thieves and people who wander all over town at all hours of the night. We have ZERO animal control, can't keep police officers here, have brown tap water once a month, there is no drainage for our streets if you want to call what we drive on streets. I for one am tired of driving five miles per hour to avoid the massive pot holes.
The hospital by far is not the only eyesore in town and in my opinion certainly not the worst. There are many places in town that need to be cleaned up and worked on and if the administrator is going to do this then it needs to be applied evenly...but why the hospital and why now? I work late at night and I see cars at the hospital all the time. The place is making money. Why not just give them thirty days to clean the exterior and work with them on the code violations? Shutting down a business, any business in these hard times is just plain stupid.
Things will not change in this town until people are elected to the city council for the job that they will do and not who they are. When people realize that its not a popularity contest and that you actually need to put people in there who will do the best job. People who, while it may not get them reelected, make the right decisions for the city, not for themselves.
The hospital closing is a symptom of the disease here. And Mr. Rippamonti, we will have to agree to disagree on this. There are much better things and much better things for Mr. Puente to invest his time and energy into, like cleaning up the mess in the city's backyard first.