Saturday, January 7, 2017

Message to Aubrey, TX City Staff

During the Aubrey City Council Meeting on December 20, 2016, my patience was worn thin by our mayor and some of Aubrey's senior city staff. There has been a continued problem of the mayor's agenda being pushed by city staff; truthfulness and accuracy doesn't appear to be part of the discussion. In this particular instance, we were discussing a potential swap of CCN or areas to serve water with Mustang Water.

A couple of years ago the city forced a developer to de-certify from the Mustang CCN. Since then the situation has changed, which will not allow this to happen in the future. Therefore, under the new scenario this development would be the only land in this area that would be served by Aubrey City Water. Thus, all of the infrastructure needed to provide water for this development would be an island 8 miles or so from Aubrey, never connected to legacy Aubrey. However, much of the area next to Aubrey's corporate limits currently cannot be served with Aubrey Water. Literally there are areas a mile from city hall that are not and will never been in our CCN without some sort of agreement. Therefore, it now makes sense for both parties to enter into some sort of CCN swap between Aubrey and Mustang.

However, our current mayor has been resistant to any sort of arrangement with Mustang, and would rather abuse the power of government to force developers into costly and lengthy lawsuits. Unfortunately, the Aubrey city staff on in many respects are caught in the middle. They technically work for the mayor, who has yet to show any common sense, or leadership abilities for that matter. So you have a situation where I believe that there are some on city council who would like to move forward with some sort of swap if it is beneficial for the city or the taxpayers.

Unfortunately, it appears that not only does our mayor oppose anything to do with this, but she is using our staff to run interference and mislead the public on her behalf. This really puts staff in an awkward position, and I am sympathetic for the position they are being put in. With as self-serving and incompetent as our mayor is, she would no doubt make their lives difficult if they did not comply with her unreasonable requests, and support her failing agenda. However, technically they should be working for the taxpayers, and trying to do what's best for Aubrey citizens.

There are however, a few on staff that are taking their jobs of defending the mayor's agenda to the point of being misleading to the public. This was the case at the meeting on December 20, 2016. It was this that pushed me to the breaking point on this matter. I personally believe that someone who would mislead the public on something of this magnitude should not simply lose their job, but should be charged with a criminal offense. Many of these issues could pose significant harm to the taxpayers, and these are multi-million dollar mistakes. We have already had one member of staff resign over this matter. I think the city would be better off if there were a few more that joined this official in resigning.

When I attended this meeting, I was not convinced that this CCN swap would be best for the taxpayers. I tried to have an open mind on the subject and take in all points of view. However, shortly after the mayor and city staff began their presentation, I knew this was yet another dog and pony show. This was a smoke and mirrors presentation, which was nothing more than lies or half-truths. It was at this point that staff began intentionally distorting the facts. You can hear at the point, when I begin get agitated here-



There are many hardworking Aubrey city employees who are caught in this mess that undeserving on the grief that they are going through. I realize that this is a career for them and this is definitely a stressful situation for them and their families. There are only a couple of senior staff that are becoming obstacles and misleading the public and therefore should probably move on, the rest of the city employees are some of the best at their positions, and should have no concern over losing their positions. These hardworking employees work for lower wages and less benefits than their peers in similar sized cities. However, they continue to come to work and do a stellar job throughout this situation, and I appreciate their hard work and dedication to the people of Aubrey. For those hardworking Aubrey employees, they do not need to worry about their jobs or positions. I will defend you and what you've meant to this city till my dying breath.

3 comments:

  1. If the people of the city of Aubrey, were truly aware of the financial outgo that supplying water to this subdivision, 9 miles away from the city, was going to actually take, and then look at the limited income it will bring back to the city, I do not believe many of them would think this was a good idea. But, as like other elected officials, it appears that our mayor is fixated on making the water issue her "legacy", even if it ends up being disastrous financially for Aubrey. A bit like our Obamacare issue. Although that did NOT work, it is Obama's "legacy". Actually, it doesn't even appear that the people of this city are aware of what is happening or that their city's financial balance could be in a precarious position if the city decides to go forward with supplying water to this subdivision. Thank you for your dedicated time Mr Tillman.

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  2. Mayor Meyers wrote and published several articles this past year in Aubrey Magazine about how profitable selling water was going to be to the 42 sq.miles of the Aubrey ETJ, (since it has been renamed ultimate boundary growth area). Mistakenly, Mayor Meyers and the Staff built a financial model about selling water and sewer to the entire 42 sq. mile area, outside of Aubrey City Limits but rightfully placed in the CCN of Mustang by Texas TCEQ. Well TCEQ decides what area will be served by which entity, so that all property owners can be assured of water and sewer service. The Subdivision Regulations Aubrey adopted in Dec. 2015 require every property owner who divides into two or more lots, to go get the Aubrey Water and sewer main lines and bring them to their property at the property owners expense, and if that property is in the Mustang CCN, those regulations require the land owner to buy out the water rights and give the service to Aubrey at no charge to Aubrey. Well no wonder the financial model is so profitable. Aubrey requires every land owner to take on the cost of installing several miles of main lines, and buying the easements at their sole expense in the service area of Mustang CCN. No wonder the profit model is so great. Aubrey takes what belongs to a Special Utility District and forces all the land owners to install the Aubrey lines and buy water from Aubrey. With Aubrey not paying for any of the infrastructure, and hijacking the service area rightfully belonging to Mustang, shouldn't the model be profitable? (That is a new twist on Robin Hood). Too bad no Aubrey staff or Mayor asked what could go wrong with that plan. The Staff and consultants let ignorance and greed drive the Aubrey policies to take what belongs to others. If anyone had done just a little research, Aubrey would have known that the Federal Government has mechanisms in place to prevent the punching of holes in the water service areas. After all the land owners are to be assured of reasonable expectations for adequate service, and the loans from the Federal Government are to be protected for repayment by the water sales in the CCN service area - If greedy Cities like Aubrey, were allowed to have a free-for-all, chaos would result. This was NOT new news; those laws were in place for years. Sadly, no one running the models for Aubrey knew enough to identify those Federal Regulations as pitfalls to block the Aubrey plan for profit. Now that the oversight has come to light, Aubrey will go broke trying to service only a little spot of houses in Jackson Ridge. Maybe when Calvin was asking Mayor Meyers to have discussions with MSUD, he could see the Greedy Model developed by Aubrey had too much risk to Aubrey. Meyers did not want to take the discussions with MSUD seriously because her vision for profits was clouded by greed.

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  3. Aubrey is just inexperienced at City Administration. Too bad that experience is gong to be gained at the taxpayers expense.

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