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Wilmer City Council meetings take on new look in more ways than one

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JIM WILLIAMS
Ellis County Press
WILMER - City council meetings at Wilmer have taken on a new look - more than just a couple of the faces on the dais - since the May 6 elections.

Along with Jesse Petton and Tiny Lange being elected to the council, there have been other changes made for the regular twice-monthly sessions at the community center, located behind the police station on Belt Line Road.

Re-elected Mayor Eugene Lowe laid down the law, enforcing state statutes regarding citizens' requests, whereas all persons desiring to be heard on any subject must notify the council in advance so as to be placed on the agenda for meetings.

Agendas are to be posted 72 hours prior to meetings. Therefor, anyone wanting to make a citizen's request would have to have their name placed on the agenda before the 72 hours prior.

Lowe said each citizen would be limited to speak three minutes.

His demands may be new to Wilmer, but not for most any other city council where such has been standard procedure for years. However, length of time to speak may vary from city to city.

Lowe said he personally didn't like the law concerning citizens' request, but still he didn't feel he was making any outrages demands to city folks in his supporting the regulation.

'I have a few citizens who would like for the council to go by the rules,' he said. 'I don't like all these rules, but if you want rules I've got them. You can't bring up items here without prior notification. I don't like this rule, but several put pressure on me to do it. It will not be an action item. It will be only a discussion item.'

Council member Billy Wickliffe agreed with the mayor in his enforcement of state law regarding citizens' requests.

Wickliffe said it only fair to know requests, and by whom, were going to be coming from citizens as so council members could obtain information to best answer their questions.

In the weeks before the June 15 council meeting, the city had interior walls of the community center painted white. The floor was shined. New floor tiles were placed in the restroom area.

Those helping with the work included John Carmehl, Johnny Moseley and Crystol Birdwell.

Marilyn Petton, wife of new council member Jesse Petton, was recognized for providing refreshments for the two meetings held since the city elections.

The regular scheduled June 1 session was canceled due to lack of agenda items.

Marilyn Petton said she felt coffee and snacks should be available to those attending city council meetings.

Before the recent elections, she said if her husband was elected she was going to bring refreshments to meetings.

She said she was going to continue to provide soft drinks and desserts at her own expense for each meeting.

For the June 15 session, she set up a back table next to the kitchen with cakes, Danishes, iced tea and coffee.

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