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Firestorm erupts over comments

The Ellis County Press

MILFORD - Councilwoman Roseanne Lockhart’s controversial comments about Hispanic residents have outraged taxpayers in the southern Ellis County town of about 700.

During a discussion regarding passing an ordinance prohibiting renting or selling to illegal aliens last year, officials and residents in attendance said Lockhart’s comments were "offensive" and she "needed to watch what she said", according to notes from city council meeting minutes released recently.

Numerous attempts to reach Lockhart, who was re-elected in May, were unsuccessful as of press time.

When asked for confirmation on the statements, Mayor John Knight said he "doesn’t recall the whole discussion" but the debate stemmed from discussions about the ordinance from Farmers Branch, a Dallas suburb that passed ordinances restricting illegal aliens from renting apartments there.

When asked if Knight agreed with Lockhart’s comments about Hispanic residents being "undesirables," the mayor replied, "No, ma’am, not at all."

When Lockhart said "they [Hispanics]" would bring guns and drugs into Milford, the city’s police chief, Carlos Phoenix, replied that guns and drugs "were already here," according to the notes from the Sept. 11, 2007 meeting.

When contacted, Milford city secretary Sandra Smith, who also acts as city manager and supervisor of the municipal court, responded, "Should we be discussing this over the phone?"

"Is this an important matter to you? If Roseanne is the one who said it you should call her. Have you called her?

"You know, all you had to do was look in the phone book," Smith said, in response to requests for Lockhart’s contact information. "It doesn’t take much."

The proposed ordinance was tabled and will not be brought back on the agenda until the council surveys other towns with similar ordinances.


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