"This is your city council." Open Access Petition Group Heading For 3000 Signatures.
The city council meeting was packed Tuesday evening and, sadly, five people were not even allowed into the public meeting and not allowed to participate because the room reached capacity. Four members of the Open Access Petition group spoke including the group’s attorney, Paul Kidwell.
Before the fifth member of the audience was allowed to move to the podium, the Mayor called the Citizen Input to a close and then read a prepared statement which repeatedly mentioned SEMO.net. I asked to address the council and was refused. Robert Smith asked for me to be removed from the meeting. I shook the hand of Officer Hicks and respectfully informed him that I would leave on my own. I turned to those gathered and said “Poplar Bluff this is your town. This is your city council. I don’t believe it.”
What would I have said if the city council would have allowed? Check out www.OpenAccessPetition.org
The Open Access Group met today and is ready to start a new petition to gather the 3000 signatures necessary to pass an ordinance. Though two attorneys have concurred that the group only need gather 264 to place a ballot question on an upcoming election, it is clear after Wallace Duncan’s snide and condescending remarks that the city would expend taxpayers money to fight against their own citizens. Rather than being a burden on the city, the group has decided to secure 3000 signatures necessary to pass an Ordinance.
The group plans on their first petition drive to be Sunday, July 10 from 2pm to 6pm.
One more note on the City Council meeting: At the end of the City Manager’s report, Mr. Bagby indicated they should check Facebook for new cartoons.
I’m glad you are enjoying the videos Mr. Manager.