I seem to have created somewhat of a storm (you pick type) with a member of City Council. I can't copy you with a text message, but I can certainly transcribe it.
Below is a string of texts from 1/20/17 between Tammy Dana-Bashion and myself. I assure you the transcription is exactly as it appears on my cell phone. There isn't even a period upside down. I would like for you to read it, and the past few blog posts to be sure you understand the issue, and then answer the poll below. I will confess up front that I can get to be a smart ass in a hurry if I detect that someone is being "superior" with me. If I detect much of that, then buy tickets, because the fight is about to begin.
Below is the text string:
"This is Tammy. I am really confused by this whole thing. . I thought I was making the right decision on how to move forward on an HFC. In retrospect, the lack of information is really where I should have been focused. I should have been asking what are the correct steps to form an HFC and how we should get started? Policy is the starting point for most new programs. Please don't view my desire to have a policy in place as lack of support for an HFC on my part. I will read your document that I just now received for the first time. I am frustrated by lack of relevant information."
(Point of information.....the mayor and city manager had 37 pages of information that I had sent to them on November 6, 2016. Apparently, it was decided to not share the information with City Council. Or, they just plain forgot they had it.) Tammy sent a second text.
"After a quick read of your document I feel more informed. However, I still see a need for policy discussions and decisions written all over your document. Not necessarily tied to 2020. But certainly many policy decisions required."
My response to Tammy:
"Terms of Articles of Incorporation, who will be incorporators. Composition of board of directors' Terms of bylaws. The entire section entitled "policy considerations". Insurance decisions. What subsidiaries to establish and why. General Parameters of partnership agreements. How will HFC cash flow? Staffing requirements and resources require. Not every I needs to be dotted nor every t crossed but we sure need a lot more discussion on how to move forward."
Many of those decisions are not yours to make. The HFC is divorced from the city. The city does not manage the HFC.
"Yes but some are and we certainly need a complete understanding before we move forward."
"That's why I sent the contact list. Are you going to inform yourself, or fuss with me via texting?"
Wow. Why are you being nasty? I am not fussing. Just trying to work through the thought process with you. I guess I am done with that now."
You're such an angel.
And that concludes the story. In all fairness to Tammy, the mayor and city manager screwed up. They should have distributed the information I sent them in plenty of time for the Council to read and understand the material that had been sent to them. Furthermore, there were experts willing to come to City Hall, at no charge, and answer all Council's questions. All the contact info was in the 37 pages I sent to them. What a disaster. No one knew what questions to ask, and certainly no one knew the answers.
My point: It doesn't take months of policy discussions to decide if you want to proceed with steps leading to provide a financing vehicle to help Seniors and Workforce populations. Remember, folks. This is just a decision to proceed further. Tammy seems to think she's going to manage the HFC. She isn't. It's against the law. It has been at least hinted that I have a stake in this because I am in the real estate business. Let me be clear.......I do not have a single solitary "deal" in which an HFC is of any benefit to me. However, I suspicion that there are many citizens of Rowlett wish that I did. The real hungry ones are just going to have to wait for policy.
Below is the "Poll." I wish you would click on it and vote. It ain't hard and nobody knows it's you.