Trying to save Southmayd's police department

By: Emi FitzGerald Email
By: Emi FitzGerald Email

SOUTHMAYD, Tex. -- A packed house in Southmayd as residents came in droves to express concerns about possibly losing their police force. The city account put it the most bluntly when he said the city must stop the bleeding or bleed to death, financially speaking.

City officials say finances is the main reason the police force is in jeopardy.

Residents filled the S&S Elementary cafeteria to hear about the status of the police department. Several residents expressed their concerns. The city accountant says for the past eight years the city has experienced continued losses, and they're using what he describes as future money to pay current bills.

City leaders have proposed one way to get them back in the black is to eliminate the department. Some residents say no matter the cost, it's not an option.

"My husband is on disability, my good friend is disabled,” says Pat Keffer, a Southmayd resident. “We need our firefighters. We need our police officers."

The council did not make any decisions Tuesday night. The agenda just called to discuss the "status;” to explore any options they may have to save it.


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  • by Sharlot Location: England on Jul 30, 2008 at 09:29 AM
    I will pray x. Please use www.Goodsearch.com an choose to help charity by searching the internet honestly it works Thank you x.
  • by county Location: southmayd on Jan 27, 2008 at 10:35 AM
    Still no one has said how the city spent the 117,000 dollar check from TCOG last year???
  • by citizen Location: Southmayd on Jan 20, 2008 at 09:12 PM
    I can tell you one thing at least with Billy Kerr he did fight to make sure that we had water back when we were having water issues and he babysat that more than one night in his mayor career.I can't see anything at all that Pepe has done there is so much crap implimented into this town that no one can keep up with it.I think we shld all research as much as we can on everything that he knocks on our door about because I think he would come to see who would be right!As for the Police Department well obviously he hasn't seen alot of what we have here on my street.I saw alot from some neighbors really bad things that put alot of fear in us and it was our POLICE FORCE that stood by for countless hours/days did whatever it took and multiple families being held hostage basically in their own homes so obviously he didn't go through that or his family.I say keep the police department however we go about that fight and get PEPE OUT OF HERE maybe that is where the research shld really start.
  • by Mick Location: Sherman on Jan 14, 2008 at 09:24 PM
    Well while there is still a police departmant in Southmayd they should shut the dope selling operation on Beavers Rd. Why can't these losers be stopped? Time after time. Why?
  • by Anonymous Location: Southmayd on Jan 14, 2008 at 06:14 PM
    Does any one know the procedures to properly initiate a petiton for a recall election. I for one would be more than happy to help out with this as it is time to recall the mayor and entire council as they have no viable solutions except to antagonize those who do not agree with them.
  • by citizen Location: Southmayd on Jan 14, 2008 at 01:22 PM
    Ramona P.does not know what she is talking about. 3 attorneys advised the council on what to do in the best interest of the City no one else. The council including Pepe voted on these recommendations. Why can't people let go and move forward? All Ramona wants to do is keep the city in the past and do not forget she is on the planning and zoning board. As for the people that lost thier home due to fire can replace their manufactured home with another one if they lived there before the city ord.was adopted. They would be grandfathered. Call the state and consult an attorney. The board and Pepe inturpet the law the way they want it.
  • by get it straight Location: southmayd on Jan 14, 2008 at 10:06 AM
    regarding "angry" from southmayd down below. Ramona Poppelwell spoke up for those who want the truth to be spoken. its true the problems came from the Kerr administration. ask for the records. there public records. 2 thumbs up for Mrs. Poppelwell
  • by Anonymous Location: Southmayd on Jan 13, 2008 at 03:58 PM
    Tell me, why does the City of Southmayd try to limit the placement of manufactured homes in the city, when over 80% of the homes in the city are manufactured homes. Also, if I was Rod Hench, I would move my business to just outside the city limits and take my tax dollars with me since Mayor Pepe (who lives in a manufactured home) and the other members of the council are so against these types of homes. My God, one family in town lost their home to a fire and all this city council could do it tell them "no you can't place another manufactured home there." Now these poor peoples land is worthless because who wants to build a home on a lot which is surrounded by manufactured homes.
  • by Anonymous Location: Southmayd on Jan 12, 2008 at 02:48 PM
    To the citizens of Southmayd,if the Mayor and City Councel take a walk the State will come in take over the city until the city gets back to were it needs to be, not to mention the police dept. and fire dept. get to stay. NOW THAT IS THE WAY IT NEEDS TO BE!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
  • by citizen Location: souyhmayd on Jan 11, 2008 at 02:10 PM
    I think the city needs to abolish the planning and zoning board as they do not have enough members anyway that show up. With the exception of 2 people who by the way are part of Pepe's yes team. One was indeed the election judge that made a questioable call concerning 2 CITIZENS of Souyhmayd, and the result was their votes were thrown out and they did not vote for Pepe.Imagine that. The county told an individual that she should have gone by the city map instead of the county as the city map would be more recent and updated. According to the city map there was a whole street that should not have been able to vote as these 2 individuals live on the same path. By the way Mr.Conservative you might want to look alittle harder at these comments because going wet in Southmayd would bring in a tremendous amount of revenue with this 289 expansion.Are you one of those people that drink on Sat.and go to church on Sun.then drink while watching ballgames but you do not want it sold in your town?
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