Well Mesquite, this is OUR last chance to begin to FINALLY get it right. OUR current sitting City Council is a farce! This June 12 is the first chance we have to start afresh. One incumbent is up for reelection; let’s start there. Let me remind you of the past seven months and the votes and comments OUR current City Council members have made. #1. They voted 5 to 0 to allow Pulte to remap the Conestoga Golf Course plat prior to its sale to an outside concern. One reason, to eliminate parcels of land which the new owner would not have to be responsible to maintain, monetarily. These parcels were turned over to the HOA, Sun City residents. When John Shippert, from Pulte, stood before OUR City Council in October, 2017, he offered no true reason and he skirted questions from Sun City residents for the reason this remapping was necessary. After an hour plus of back and forth among OUR City Council, Shippert and the inquisitive Sun City residents, OUR City Council voted in favor of Pulte. Not one City Council member would support any type of “ study, ” monetary – wise or any – wise, as to what the impact of this remapping would cause on Sun City residents regarding future HOA dues’ increases. Not just in the coming few months but for many future years to come.
Neither Pulte nor this City Council supports or cares about the well – being of Sun City residents; their concern is just their pocketbooks.
Sun City residents present at that October meeting requested that a fees’ impact study to be conducted prior to the important vote on this matter because we were not given an honest or direct answer for why Pulte was requesting this remapping. No study was deemed necessary as, according to Shippert, this would just delay the sales process of the golf course. By the way, HOA management still has not provided the cost of operating the turned – over water features, even after several requests to do so. Thus a 5 to 0 vote was made to remap ! On behalf of all 2,500 Sun City residents, THANK YOU MESQUITE CITY COUNCIL ! We to will have an opportunity to vote, very soon !
# 2. Now let’s fast forward to the current City Council’s thorn – in – the – side. CLEAN AIR FOR / IN MESQUITE CASINOS. This subject matter has been around the block for several years here in Mesquite. Already continuing, as in years past, OUR City Council has sidestepped addressing this very important and health – related issue for way too long. You ask why? Well the casinos are more important to OUR current sitting City Council members than any and ALL Mesquite residents’ health; and you can take that to the “ bank. ” At one of the latest City Council meetings, when CLEAN AIR FOR MESQUITE was again introduced, a City Council member in his “ infinite wisdom ” just happened to request that an impact study was absolutely necessary before this matter could proceed or even be entertained about being placed on the ballot for the Mesquite city residents to decide and vote regarding OUR health.
WOW ! Where was this City Council member when Sun City residents requested an impact study on our past and present issue regarding remapping ? Silence !
Can you say “ DOUBLE STANDARDS ? ”
I’m sure you have read the newspaper article that OUR City Council members have some grave concerns about loss of tax revenue income and jobs pertaining to CLEAN AIR FOR MESQUITE. Wait a minute ! WHAT ABOUT MESQUITE CITIZENS’ HEALTH ? What about casinos’ employees’ health concerns and rights who do not smoke? Oh, I forgot, they don’t need a job !
I guarantee you the number of gamblers our casinos would lose would be minuscule compared to non – smoking gamblers, locals and out – of – towners, who would now be willing to come into ALL the CLEAN AIR local casinos, citywide, to spend their money. People who REALLY want to gamble will come to Mesquite to gamble along with many more locals. Trust me, true gambling smokers will also continue to come. You just cannot keep them away. It’s in their blood ! Smoking or no, they will come. They may not like to exit the premises to a vapor room or outdoors to take their puffs, but they will, in order to gamble, these avid gamblers will come. Well, there will be those with their oxygen tanks who will be inconvenienced when they have to drag them out with them to take their puffs !
I would think that would already be a dangerous and illegal issue. Just think about this for a moment, high pressured oxygen tanks, around indoor open flames for lighting up, among hundreds of patrons. Do you know what compressed oxygen and open flame have in common ? BOOM ! Disaster waiting to happen ? You decide. WOW ! Our fire department personnel could have a field day with that threat and they should be concerned !
Mesquite citizens, this all comes down to YOUR VOTE against current and future City Council members up for reelection now and in the next few years. We, residents of Mesquite, DEMAND that OUR City Council do their jobs; that is to work for ALL Mesquite residents and start truly caring for our concerns, our problems and OUR HEALTH. Mesquite City Council, you are not “ in office ” to please the casinos or Pulte. YOU, Mesquite City Council members, are supposed to be working for us; remember the ones who placed you into office; not to be friends / buddies, after – hours, to the casinos and Pulte.
As a Federal Judge and friend of mine once told to me, “ No one, business or person, has a right to be in one or the other’s hip pockets; too much room for fraud, graft, manipulation and corruption ! ”
MESQUITE, IT’S TIME TO VOTE , AND NEXT YEAR, AND THE YEAR AFTER THAT.
David A. Harvilak