Mayor Caraway to Push Back Vote on Gas Drilling Task Force Till Griggs Is Sworn In

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Patrick's heading down to City Hall shortly -- not just for the noon-thirty all-star press conference on the plaza, during which the mayor and police chief and council members will fill in every last blank concerning Thursday's 10 a.m. Mavs parade, but for today's meeting of the ad hoc gas drilling task force nominating committee. One event is likely to be more exciting than the other.

About that gas drilling task force, though: Last week, as you no doubt recall, Scott Griggs asked Mayor Dwaine Caraway and the council to hold off on voting on the members of the task force till he's sworn in on June 27. Right now it's on June 22 agenda.

We've had a hard time getting an answer to Griggs's request till this morning: Caraway tells Unfair Park he will indeed push the vote till June 27.

"On Inauguration Day, it's customary for us to only deal with one item -- the selection after the swearing-in of the officers of the city council," he says. "It is not traditional to have an item posted on the agenda. Now, I say that because in talking with Scott and the knowledge I have and the respect I have for this particular situation, I did choose to adhere to his request. That means we're doing something unprecedented, and I think it's fair. I am not doing it under pressure. That's what a mayor does -- makes the tough calls."

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9 comments
Bettyculbreath
Bettyculbreath

Well,well you people finally see what Mayor Caraway is about.Maybe you will stop using Mayor for Now,this man has made decision to impact this City in a meaningful way since becoming Mayor.I know he solved a big problem at DFW Airport.Thanks Mayor Caraway.

Darryl Baker
Darryl Baker

I am DELIGHTED with Mayor Caraway's decision to have the gas drilling issue come in at the same time as the new Council.  He actually "gets it" when it comes to being in tune with what neighborhoods and citizens want and need!

THANK YOU!

Wes Scott
Wes Scott

I am happy that the vote will come AFTER the new city government is sworn in. Hopefully, Sandy Greyson will also be up to speed on the candidates so that she, too, can be prepared to vote on this critical issue if she wins her run-off election this Saturday.

Vote for David Kunkle for Mayor. If you live in Disctrict 12, then vote for Sandy Greyson for Councilwoman. Dallas desperately needs ears that hear the people over corporations, and voices that represent the people rather than polluters.

Darrd2010
Darrd2010

See what happens when you put a little 'pressure in the right places"? so to speak?Congrats to Scott, smart move Mayor.Vote Kunkle.

OED_Denizen
OED_Denizen

Our dearly beloved soon to be Not-Mayor has made a "tough" call! Why is the right thing to do a tough call?

ScottsMerkin
ScottsMerkin

"On Inauguration Day, it's customary for us to only deal with one item -- the selection after the sweating-in of the officers of the city council,"

No wonder our mayor and council members can lie without consequences, They are not sworn after all, they are sweated in!!!! LOL

Andrea
Andrea

unprecedented changes are what our city needs right about now. Here here!

Robert Wilonsky
Robert Wilonsky

Yes, yes. The unintentional hilarity of blogging without copy editors.

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