"A Moment of Truth for the City": Mayor Demands Council OK Flow Control. It Did.

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Former WFAA reporter turned lobbyist David Margulies, who reps the association opposed to flow control
Brantley's been at Dallas City Hall for this morning's flow control vote, which began with that promised pre-game protest by the students of Paul Quinn College, who stood throughout the entire discussion that ran close to two hours. (Save for one protester, who fainted during the discussion, prompting a five-minute recess.) Later today, he'll be up with his recap of a riveting day's worth of speechifying, proselytizing and protesting.

But first, a spoiler alert: What a mess.

Tennell Atkins, a born-again supporter of directing all solid waste to the McCommas Bluff Landfill, gave a rambling "tale of two cities" speech in which he mentioned the convention center hotel and how sometimes the city needs to do what private business won't in order to "grow the tax base." Carolyn Davis tried to take the council into executive session, which the council voted not to do. (To much applause.)

Sheffie Kadane made a motion to delay the vote to form a task force consisting of "community leaders, industry experts, elected officials and city staff" that would take a look at the proposal, which Scott Griggs (and Ann Margolin, who had her own task force proposal) seconded and Delia Jasso supported. Monica Alonzo also wanted a task force, with the caveat it comes back with its recommendations in 90 days.

She could find no takers, at least until Vonciel Jones Hill asked: "Would you be satisfied with an interim report in 90 days?" You bet. So: Seconded! Hill then offered an eloquent objection to the proposed ordinance, which she called "an environmental injustice" (to much applause) that "does not promote economic development" (applause).

Later, Mayor Mike Rawlings tried to make it real easy for everyone.

He acknowledged: This is one "confusing" issue that "has been obfuscated so much" that he needs to clear the air. So he did:

"Let me simply it: There are 700,000 to 900,000 tons of commercial waste leaving the city of Dallas, and people are making money off of that. Corporations outside of Dallas are making money off of that. That could mean $15 to $18 million in revenue for the city coffers."

He said put aside all that trash-to-treasure talk.

"This is a business revenue issue," he acknowledged. "Who deserves that revenue? Should it be the owners of the landfills outside the city of Dallas or the taxpayers? That's the fundamental issue. I am going to vote for the taxpayers. I believe everyone, if you live in Dallas or have a business in Dallas, deserves that money and not a private enterprise, and I hope we're aligned on that."

He began raising his voice; it sounded like a campaign speech. He said he would approve a task force, sure, but only after the council OK'd the flow control ordinance and the stimulus fund for southwest Oak Cliff, which promises about $1 million a year but no more.

"I am not going to support a mañana approach to it," he said. "Mount Tabor Church and those citizens have waited long enough for us to get them money. We've got real money here -- $1 million! We could clean up that land and have a grocery store quickly, and for me, as a mayor, to say we need to study something longer, I'm telling ya, I just don't buy it. I've searched my heart. It's a moment of truth of the city of Dallas ... time to put up or shut up."

The vote on the amendment for the task force failed, by an 8-7 vote.

Flow control then passed with Angela Hunt, Carolyn Davis, Dwaine Caraway, Linda Koop, Monica Alonzo, Pauline Medrano, Tennell Atkins and Jerry Allen voting in favor of both ordinances.

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18 comments
bbetzen
bbetzen

Dallas continues to mess with the southern sector with the redistricting plans.  Look at the comparsion of the plan they are now considering!  http://dallasredistricting2011...  Just another way so they can ignore voters on the south side. The good news is that Rawlings is trying to fix this problem. It appears the council does not want to empower the voters with compact districts that, thereby, also provide maximum minority voting potential. In this one the Mayor is on our side. Now we need to get the council to study this comparsion, linked above and handed out to them on a color 17x11 copy today, and join with him.

Disgusted123
Disgusted123

Pizza Mike only won by one vote. This shows he is a weak mayor who won't get much done during his penure at city hall. His talking up the DISD is a joke. Mike, it takes much more than a smooth talking salesman to get things done in government. I see a lot of  hat and not many cattle.

Commiesaroundeverycorner
Commiesaroundeverycorner

Private enterprise doesn't deserve any money. Where did you make your money Mike? Did we elect Fidel Castro or Mike Rawlings?

Seenitallbefore
Seenitallbefore

Rawling just told a bunch of major corporations that want to partner in Southern Dallas to take a hike. Instead they will be seeing him at the courthouse. Meanwhile, Southern Dallas loses its first real chance to have companies with real resources investing in the area.  His complaints about corporations making money will go over real well in boardrooms where he is trying to recruit new businesses to Dallas. Worse yet video of the  Southern sector council members Atkins and Carroway rambling commentaries will be used by economic development directors throughout the U.S. to sell people on any city but Dallas. Atlanta did that for years and these gems will be used for years to come in the future. Memo to Mike. You blew this one big time by trying to hurry up a complex deal. 

Wylie H.
Wylie H.

This was interesting.  Sounds like Rawlings called B.S. on all this stuff Mary Nix and Mary Suhm were promoting, called it for what it is-- a money grab, and said let's do it.

Not sure I agree (he didn't address the cost impact to commercial users), but at least he was straightforward.

RTR
RTR

Remember people, "all things in the Southern Sector go through Willis Johnson" 

So it begs the question: How much is Wai-Wize making off this flow control deal???Watchu talkin' bout Willis?

Chris Danger
Chris Danger

Look, noone likes a garbage dump near their place of residence, home, ect. They're having a similar fight up in C-FB as well. The easy answer for all of this would be to force the hands of all the mutants in this city to properly recycle their consumables (paper, plastic, aluminium) not to mention properly recycle their biowaste via composting. Why hasnt the city stepped up to rezone many of these areas around the dump as industrial and banned residental in those areas?? Its the same argurment I make for the idiots who live near the trinity river levees and refuse to move even after being flooded out time and time again..No common sense on the southside of this city...

Trash1
Trash1

Another lie from the Director of Sanitation, Mary Nix... promising to create jobs with flow control by approving flow control ordinance when, in agenda item to approve the city's budget moments earlier, she eliminated two positions in her department's budget which has left 2 people without a job. That's part of her ongoing plan to eliminate anyone who reflects the diversity of the city.

Borborygmus
Borborygmus

Screws all the businesses who now have to pay higher rates, too. Restaurants, offices, grocers all pay to have their garbage removed in the most economical means possible.

Who "owns" my trash, REALLY? City of Dallas, you may have my garbage, but you may lose my business.

Watchnu
Watchnu

The Mayor does need to stay true to his promise to keep his eye on Mary Nix. Last night's report on Channel proved she IS A LIAR! The City is going to use the flow control revenue to balance the FY 12 budget. Without that revenue, the city would be projecting a deficit (again just like in past years) by Dec. 2011 for FY 12. Think about it..... neither Mary Nix nor Mary Suhm have said how the additional revenue from flow control will be used. Watch Ramon Miguez, former Asst City Manager over Sanitation Services and former City Manager Richard Knight make more money off this deal. Watch what happens! Note to Mary Nix: take that nasty smug look off your face. People are watching you!

Sharon Boyd
Sharon Boyd

Can't argue with Ed D, but at least this Mayor makes a decision and moves on.   We could 2 years of task force meetings, and the outcome would be the same.  Beginning to like Rawlings more each week.

copywrite
copywrite

...and if you believe Mayor Rawlings that the southern sector (also known as southern Dallas and South Dallas) will benefit, I have property in Bastrop I'd like to sell you...without delay.

Ed D.
Ed D.

Dallas: screwing the southern sector (but always remembering to leave a few bucks on the nightstand before it leaves)

Oak Cliff Res
Oak Cliff Res

Most all controversial votes are 8-7.  That is the game that they play.  And the people always switch sides that way when its re-election time, everyone has enough controversial votes that they win and that pan out well that they can say they are the reason why it got done or that they were the swing vote...

Ray
Ray

I saw that too. Is it my imagination or did Shipp make Nix look like a liar?

RTR
RTR

Yeah, thanks for last night, bitch!!!! Here's a few bucks!!!! 

Petel
Petel

No, he didn't. He caught her by surprise when he asked her if a private corporation funded any of her department's trips to see other resource recovery facilities. She said "No," they did not and even Shipp admitted at the end of his non-focused report that the city had pay their own way to inspect these facilities. I've known Mary Nix for more than 10 years and I can assure you she is a professional of the highest caliber and, if anything, is often too honest.As for Brett Shipp's report, I was reminded of the words of a CBS News executive I heard making a speech in Washington many years ago who said "The media are always 100 per cent accurate ... except in those cases where you have some personal knowledge." Think about it.

Wylie H.
Wylie H.

I don't think Nix needed any help from Shipp--- she seems to be a pretty shady character.

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