The Work Session segment about Housing Finance Corporations was practically worthless. Nobody knew any answers. However, the persons that had the answers were willing to come to Rowlett and provide those answers. Instead, we settled for the blind leading the blind. That seems to happen a lot. Some of this is my fault for not providing information to the entire City Council. I screwed up.
Kudos are due for Debby, Bruce, and Robbert for engaging and doing their own research. They're not grandstanding. They have the community interest at heart. .
To: Members of City Council
January 20, 2017
I made a mistake. I should have copied all of you when I sent the email and attachment to others. At the time I thought I was doing the right thing. I thought the information contained would be circulated and then some basis for asking intelligent questions would be constructed.
You all were horribly uninformed during the Work Session of the January 17 Council Meeting. That meeting was the ideal time to take advantage of an offer, free to the city, to provide intelligent answers to all your questions. Two HFC organizations in Austin had agreed to travel to Rowlett to provide answers to your questions.
You need not take my word for anything. Attached you will find contact information that will lead you to probably any questions you can ask. I just presumed you would have received it. I was wrong.
Any of the contacts listed would be happy to talk to you. I would suggest you contact either of the two HFC organizations for general questions. They are a fountain of information. Just tell them you're a City Council person from Rowlett, Texas. They know about you.
Much of the 37 page attachment are just sample forms.
Sorry for the screw up. I thought I was doing the right thing.
From: ronm145 <firstname.lastname@example.org>
To: bfunderburk <email@example.com>; tgottel <firstname.lastname@example.org>
Sent: Sun, Nov 6, 2016 9:00 pm
Subject: Housing Finance Corporations--- Preliminary Info
Attached is some preliminary information regarding Housing Finance Corporations. I think there's 37 pages. Don't worry. I'm not going to get into anything remotely resembling 37 pages of information. However, I think it is information you will need if we proceed further. I put it in email format so that you can forward to anyone you feel has a need. Much is simply sample forms.
My visit will be relatively brief. I want to visit about what I have found around Texas, and what I feel Rowlett needs. My major thrust is that Rowlett should be looking out after it's own workforce and senior needs, and the Rowlett taxpayers should not have to subsidize it.
The attached info is part of the material that has been supplied to me by various people "in the business." I must say, I was most impressed by the people I talked to. In this email there is all the contact information for any questions that might arise. The email addresses within are "live," therefore all you have to do is click on.
I shouldn't keep you long. Oh, by the way, I will make an early apology for my wearing apparel tomorrow. I have a 4 hour stress test immediately after leaving your office. And, on Monday, too. Yuk!!