Southmayd police stay for now

By: Emi FitzGerald Email
By: Emi FitzGerald Email

SOUTHMAYD, TX – The city council voted to keep the police force for at least six more months. City leaders plan to explore ways to pay for the force.

The council met for hours, and ultimately decided to cut back on the court clerk’s phone line, a data line, and copier maintenance, and looked for other cost-cutting measures.

Citizens gave their input as well; with some saying they would be willing to give private donations to continue the force. One resident suggested a benefit dinner or silent auction. The city accountant gave figures, projecting the city will have $50-$70,000 in losses if they keep the force.

Monthly the city loses about $5600 with the force as it is.

One suggestion was to increase the sales tax. Council members must decide what to do by February 12th.


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  • by s s Location: grayson on Feb 10, 2008 at 02:23 PM
    what about all the papers PePe sherdded???
  • by Anonymous Location: Grayson on Feb 5, 2008 at 08:15 PM
    It would be interesting to know what Mayor Pepe and 3 other unidentafiable individuals were doing just inside city hall doors with all the other lights out monday night February 5th at about 7:15 PM. The next council meeting is not until the 12th.
  • by kristi Location: southmayd on Feb 2, 2008 at 09:52 AM
    You have to know who the one where that caused this mess and take care of them. The city will never be the same now. I for one am ready to get out of this city. I am ashamed to say I live in Southmayd. The Fd and Mayor and council had ruined this city. Ihope that they get whats coming to them and from what I hear its coming and its not good! 6 lawsuits against the mayor wow the city is going to he##!
  • by citizen Location: Southmayd on Feb 1, 2008 at 02:26 PM
    The issues are real blame or not. Old Timer if you think this council will listen to the citizens your wrong.They have their agenda and we as citizens matter nothing to them and they do not care. I for one see that the citizens have tried to talk and help with ideas and have investigated different avenues that the city council will not aknowledge.The beer and wine sales has been investigated and discussed with the council. Three of the members said they would not vote for it even though it would mean no tax increase or water increase.When we get these people out and install fresh people with fresh ideas that is when this city will be turned around.
  • by Old Timer Location: Southmayd on Feb 1, 2008 at 09:47 AM
    It looks like most people posting comments here believe that the "bottom line" is who to blame for the present challenges facing the City of Southmayd. I for one, believe the "bottom line" is how we respond to these challenges. We can continue to look to place blame (which I want no part in) or we can stand in unity to work toward real, possitive and effective change. I still believe that the majority of Southmayd citizens care for their city and want it to prosper. If you do not agree with current leadership, then run for the office yourselves or find someone you can support to run. In the mean time work with those in place to provide the best future for all the citizens of Southmayd. The future of Southmayd is what the Citizens make it! Hate and discord are products of people who are the problem, not answers to a problem. We must work together to face the challenges before us. Every time we fail to work together in unity; we fail ourselves, our city and our children.
  • by citizen Location: Southmayd on Feb 1, 2008 at 07:42 AM
    We can do alot more than fund raisers. We can think about buying a tank of gas for the police dept. or help with copy paper or something that the dept.needs as maint.items. Imagine the ones that can afford it to donate a tank of gas that will help on a big expense problem the police have and we can be sure the donation will go directly to the police instead of the general fund to pay items Pepe takes on himself to purchase and then get reimbursed for it such as the burritos he got for the school after their disaster. He did that without consulting the council. If he wanted to do that as a private citizen that would have been ok but he was campaigning for mayor so therefore used the city budget for his own agenda.The only thing a city can donate to is their VFD.What about his property tax issue. If he was getting out of taxes because his home was not considered a permanent struct. than he was violating a city ord.that you cannot occupy a temp.struc.for more than 2 weeks.
  • by Anonymous Location: grayson on Jan 31, 2008 at 04:04 PM
    Ultimate responsibility for the mess Southmayd is in rest with the Mayor and City Council. Having bake sales and yard sales are not going to solve this problem and neither will raising taxes. The only solution is for a recall election of all elected officials in the city and vote in some new people with fresh ideas. I would also fire the cities Accountant Mr. Madden as he should have long ago had safe gaurds in place to prevent any kind of fraudulent or illegal use of city funds. I have worked as an accountant for over 11 years and any alledged acts by either Carol Rhodes or Mr. Skaggs would not have happened if Mr. Madden had advised the city to institute proper financial accounting procedures. Bottom line, fault rest with the mayor, council, and Mr. Madden. They are the ones who need to be gone.
  • by Citizen Location: Southmayd on Jan 31, 2008 at 12:09 PM
    Pepe is not trying to fix anything except what he wants on his personal agenda. If you have not learned that by now maybe you and Pepe need to pack up and move out of our city. We are tired of Pepe and his henchmen. Why don't you make an intellegent statement or stay off line. Bubba got tired of Pepe ruling the council instead the other way around. You will find out soon when your tax dollars(if you even pay taxes)go to pay for lawsuit settlements that are coming our way.By the way B.Kerr did not start the road to destruction.Bubba is an outstanding young man in this community and we need more men like him that are willing to call Pepe out to get the truth which Pepe does not know how to tell the truth and most of his henchmen do not either including Tom Byler and Martha Baze.We need to get rid of the Pepe Mafia. I understand the former sect.had alot to do with this destruction.She was rude and not too smart.She resigned and there are books missing that could answer alot of questions.
  • by citizen Location: southmayd on Jan 31, 2008 at 10:19 AM
    Kerr was not the one that put the city on the path of destruction. It was CHARLIE SKAGGS AND CAROL RHODES!You have no clue what you are talking about! This city is clueless and will believe whatever CHARLIE SKAGGS and his little followers on the FD would say!I am ashamed to even live here.People of southmayd make me sick when I hear stuff like this about Mr Kerr. Pepe is the one to blame for the city going into the red. Getting rid of the PD is not going to fix this problem. So get your facts straight b/4 you go running your mouth about Mr Kerr!
  • by citizen Location: Southmayd on Jan 31, 2008 at 08:43 AM
    Kerr is what stared the city on road to destruction. pepe is trying to fix it but it takes hard choices. buba should shut his mouth at the meetings. he should have stayed on the council if he had so many bright ideas on how to save the city. i can not repsect buba for resigning when the going got tough.
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