2014 local elections’ polling schedules

On Saturday, May 10, 2014 Italy will have the elections for school board seats as well as city council seats. Milford will have a city council election as well as mayoral election. Early voting will begin on Monday, April 28. For our readers convenience we have compiled a list of locations, dates and times for early voting as well as election day voting.

Steven Farmer and Paul Cockerham solicit input from Italy citizens

If you have been concerned about the tone of the current political atmosphere in Italy, Steven Farmer and Paul Cockerham would like to invite you to voice your concerns this Saturday (April 26) from 11am to 1pm at the Italy Pavilion Downtown. Free hot dogs and drinks will be provided. Steven and Paul are both running for City Council and need your input and support to help make Italy a better place to live and raise our kids.

Letter to the Editor: Valid Italy City Council issues

I would encourage everyone that is interested to watch the video from the last council meeting. You will see that the City Council stated that Department Heads have operational control of their departments. In the case of the Police Department, the Chief has operational control which includes determining who is on the wrecker rotation. The only business discussed was wrecker service for the Police Department when they needed a vehicle towed.

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Italy City Council 2014 Candidate Questionnaire: John Droll

Kate and I have lived in Italy since 1992 when I retired from the U.S. Army. We have 3 sons; Harvey and his wife Jenny reside in Pearland; Joshua and Amber reside in Italy with Reagan, Tatum and Mia; Jordon and Jennifer reside in Waxahachie with Maddox and Liam. I have been a Special Education teacher since 1996 in the Desoto and Itasca school districts. I am currently the DAEP teacher for Itasca ISD.

City Council candidates answer questions from citizens

On Monday night approximately 30 citizens of the Italy community met at the Italy Community Center to ask questions of council candidates. Paul Cockerham, John Droll, Steven Farmer and Pete Hinohosa were given an opportunity to let the citizens know why they were running for the council and give their views on city issues. Incumbents Frank Jackson and Dennis Perkins, Jr. are running for reelection but did not attend.

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Italy City Council 2014 Candidate Questionnaire: Steven Farmer

Our community has been hurting for some time now and I think we need new leadership to help bring this town back to what it once was. I personally am running because I want to be a voice for the community. If elected I promise there will be no personal agendas and there will be more transparency.

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Letter to the Editor

Before I filed to seek a seat on the Italy City Council, I had prayed about it, thought about it and talked to several people I respect and trust including my husband, Brian.

Agenda: Italy City Council Special Called Meeting-Monday, March 17, 2014

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The Italy City Council will have a special called meeting on Monday, March 17, 2014 in the Council Chambers at 105 West Main Street, Italy. Meeting time is slated for 6:00pm. The agenda includes three agenda items requested by the mayor to readdress the two resolutions and one ordinance that was voted on at last week’s meeting along with two other agenda items.

City Council walks out on Mayor Hobbs

Drama continues at city hall as the mayor and the council continue to resist each other. After the mayor declared that some of the “motions were not proper” the council disagreed and actually voted to go into executive session while the mayor continued on with the next items. Once the council had moved out of the chambers the city attorney had to stop the mayor by telling him that there was no quorum. After a long closed session, the council quickly approved all of the remaining items, including the ones restoring Dean Carrell and Teri Murdock.

Agenda: Italy City Council Meeting and Hearing-Monday, November 11, 2013

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The Italy City Council will have their regular monthly meeting on Monday, November 11, 2013. Meeting time is slated for 6:00pm. In conjunction with this meeting, there will also be a public hearing regarding a financing by the Italy Higher Education Facilities Corporation. The meeting and hearing will be held in the Italy City Council Chambers at 105 West Main Street, Italy, Texas.

City Council adopts budget

The Italy City Council approved an ordinance (#13-0926-01) adopting and approving the fiscal year 2012-2013 operating budget to ratify final expenditures made from Oct. 1, 2012 through Sept. 30, 2013.

From the publisher: What is really going on at Italy City Hall?

Image: City Council Meeting Agenda for Thursday, September 5, 2013

As publisher of the Italy Neotribune I have watched, generally from afar, the operation of the City Government of Italy. It has been a wonder to behold. We have a new mayor that would like to make some changes. Changes are always tough and he is getting a lot of push back. Obviously being Mayor is new to him and he is making many people in the administration upset. There is often two sides to most questions and here are some of my observations.

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