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CANCELLED!!!! Chip Harrison AT IT AGAIN! Another Somervell County Open Meeting HELD IN GATED COMMUNITY PECAN PLANTATION
 


9 October 2015 at 9:38:52 AM
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Update: The meeting that was supposed to be for today at 1:00 pm has been CANCELLED.

Wow, this is simply amazing. Chip Harrison, board president of the Somervell County Hospital District apparently does not care that he is violating the Texas Open Meetings Act. 

Was putting up video from a previous meeting this morning and saw that the Somervell County Hospital District dba Glen Rose Medical Center, after CANCELLING the meeting they had yesterday, has called for an emergency meeting of the Building and Planning Committee. The time and date is STILL 1:00 pm within the borders of Pecan Plantation, which is NOT THIS HOSPITAL DISTRICT and for  which you have to get PERMISSION to go through a gated community. WHY is Chip Harrison doing this? Amazing that he believes that being able to spend OUR tax money in another hospital district rises to the occasion of an emergency meeting. I suppose it would be Just Too Much Work to expect that John Anthony should have to come to Somervell County with his hands out for that good ole tax money. WHY are ANY meetings being held in HOOD COUNTY's HOSPITAL DISTRICT boundaries instead of within SOMERVELL COUNTY???????? I'ts VERY clear that he is VIOLATING the Texas Open Meetings Act.

Because clearly it is, for whatever reason, more important for Chip Harrison to kowtow to John Anthony and the architects in order to spend Somervell County tax money for the benefit of rich residents who live in a private gated community that want a private, non-public clinic that YOU CANNOT FREELY ENTER. THANK YOU CHIP HARRISON FOR RAISING OUR TAXES SO THAT PECAN FAMILY MEDICAL CLINIC can enjoy using our taxes while the residents there pay NONE. Gee, doesn't even matter that these Hood County residents can't even vote about OUR tax money since they don't live in OUR district when they've got pals on the board to act as their proxy. 

Agenda

Adding: from a board member who is contesting that these meetings should be held because they violate the Texas Open Meetings Act 

From: Paul Harper
Sent: ‎10/‎9/‎2015 10:25 AM
To: Paul Harper; Ray Reynolds (rreynolds@grmf.org); Chip Harrison; Dr. Karen Burroughs; John Parker
Subject: RE: Emergency meeting called for today is violation of Open Meetings Act

I did not mention the fact that you have to present ID to attend this meeting which is also a violation of the open meetings act. You can't require people to show ID to attend a public meeting.

Sent from my Windows Phone

From: Paul Harper
Sent: ‎10/‎9/‎2015 9:36 AM
To: Ray Reynolds (rreynolds@grmf.org); Chip Harrison; Dr. Karen Burroughs; John Parker
Subject: Emergency meeting called for today is violation of Open Meetings Act

Couple of issues with your emergency meeting notice...

1. The meeting called does not meet the qualifications for 'emergency' as defined by Texas Code. To meet with someone is not an emergency or urgent public necessity.

2. The 'emergency' or 'urgent public necessity' has not been included in the notice.

Please cancel this meeting since it violates the Open Meetings Act.


Below are two excerpts from the Government Code.


Sec. 551.045.  EXCEPTION TO GENERAL RULE:  NOTICE OF EMERGENCY MEETING OR EMERGENCY ADDITION TO AGENDA.  (a)  In an emergency or when there is an urgent public necessity, the notice of a meeting or the supplemental notice of a subject added as an item to the agenda for a meeting for which notice has been posted in accordance with this subchapter is sufficient if it is posted for at least two hours before the meeting is convened.

(b)  An emergency or an urgent public necessity exists only if immediate action is required of a governmental body because of:

(1)  an imminent threat to public health and safety;  or

(2)  a reasonably unforeseeable situation.

(c)  The governmental body shall clearly identify the emergency or urgent public necessity in the notice or supplemental notice under this section.

(d)  A person who is designated or authorized to post notice of a meeting by a governmental body under this subchapter shall post the notice taking at face value the governmental body's stated reason for the emergency or urgent public necessity.

(e)  For purposes of Subsection (b)(2), the sudden relocation of a large number of residents from the area of a declared disaster to a governmental body's jurisdiction is considered a reasonably unforeseeable situation for a reasonable period immediately following the relocation.  Notice of an emergency meeting or supplemental notice of an emergency item added to the agenda of a meeting to address a situation described by this subsection must be given to members of the news media as provided by Section 551.047 not later than one hour before the meeting.

Added by Acts 1993, 73rd Leg., ch. 268, Sec. 1, eff. Sept. 1, 1993.

Amended by:

Acts 2007, 80th Leg., R.S., Ch. 258 (S.B. 11), Sec. 3.06, eff. September 1, 2007.

Acts 2007, 80th Leg., R.S., Ch. 1325 (S.B. 1499), Sec. 1, eff. June 15, 2007.


...


Sec. 551.047.  SPECIAL NOTICE TO NEWS MEDIA OF EMERGENCY MEETING OR EMERGENCY ADDITION TO AGENDA.  (a)  The presiding officer of a governmental body, or the member of a governmental body who calls an emergency meeting of the governmental body or adds an emergency item to the agenda of a meeting of the governmental body, shall notify the news media of the emergency meeting or emergency item as required by this section.

(b)  The presiding officer or member is required to notify only those members of the news media that have previously:

(1)  filed at the headquarters of the governmental body a request containing all pertinent information for the special notice;  and

(2)  agreed to reimburse the governmental body for the cost of providing the special notice.

(c)  The presiding officer or member shall give the notice by telephone, facsimile transmission, or electronic mail.

Added by Acts 1993, 73rd Leg., ch. 268, Sec. 1, eff. Sept. 1, 1993.

Amended by:

Acts 2007, 80th Leg., R.S., Ch. 380 (S.B. 592), Sec. 1, eff. June 15, 2007.

and

 

From: Paul Harper
Sent: ‎10/‎9/‎2015 10:25 AM
To: Paul Harper; Ray Reynolds (rreynolds@grmf.org); Chip Harrison; Dr. Karen Burroughs; John Parker
Subject: RE: Emergency meeting called for today is violation of Open Meetings Act

I did not mention the fact that you have to present ID to attend this meeting which is also a violation of the open meetings act. You can't require people to show ID to attend a public meeting.
 

I drove up there to ask about the meeting before I heard it was cancelled. It took me about 25 minutes just to get there. The guard didn't know of any meetings at all. I told him I shouldn't have to give my name, id, or get permission to go into Pecan Plantation for a Texas Open Meeting.  


 


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