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tracy garcia

Dallas, TX

#1 Apr 8, 2007
Has anyone seen the story from Saturday's paper about the Mayor of Weir, Mervin Walker? For anyone that has ever know this man, they will know that HE WILL LOSE this coming election, because NOW is the time for change in Weir, TX. There are many residents in Weir,TX that are fed up with Mervin's lies and unfullfilled promises. So what if he gets snakes out of trees or houses for these women while their husbands are gone!!! Is he trying to tell everyone that he has to seduce women for their support of him in HIS OWN TOWN? Mervin Walker has been against a park in Weir, TX all of his 20 years in office as Mayor. I have many many witnesses that would sign a statement today agreeing with me. He wants developers to come in and do the hard work for him, and then he wants to take the reign over and try and get the apreciation for the work being done, in which he never lifted a finger for. This man is more concerned about changing the speed limit sign on a street in Weir to 20 mph, when the residents on the street that have lived there their whole life have never driven that slow on. He is more concerned about a speed limit sign that is UNCALLED for, rather than finsihing what the Weir Recreation Club started more than 20 years ago, A PARK FOR THE KIDS OF OUR NEW GENERATION. That is what it should be about, not about snakes and tree limbs. Mervin Walker needs to step down if anything, but still know that he can still go around and pick up tree limbs and wrestle with the lady's snakes. Let us help make the change for this town that has been waiting a long time for someone like Dustin Almazan, to come in and make the good work in the town and not the bad. Let us remember the street dances that once went on in Weir, that were put on by the "Outlaws", and not the WVFD or Mervin Walker. Those were the days of good ol' times, when everyone could get along with everyone and there was not talking behind other's backs or siding with others just to make your self look good, or just to make your life livable in a town where you should not have to side with certain people to live happy there. Let us help finish what should have been given to the children of Weir a long long time ago. I was once a kid in Weir,TX myself, and I am 28 years old today, and I can not recall a single good thing Mervin Walker did for my childhood or anyone's elses at that. In the 28 years I have been alive I cannot recall one time when Mervin Walker saw me at the local Weir Country Store and said "Hi" to me. NOT ONCE, and yes, he does know exactally who I am and exactally what I look like. What does that say about a Mayor of a town of 600 people in it? Let us say our "goodbyes" to Mervin Walker and strive for a better future of the children of Weir,TX.
Weir citizen

Austin, TX

#2 Apr 22, 2007
I am suprised at your comments. You value saftey so little in your town, and embrace empty promises from a canidate that doesn't even show up to any Weir functions. Sure he has now attended (2) City Hall meetings, but short of his family, I would be shocked if he received a single vote. You did mention that though your name is Tracy Garcia, but you failed to mention that the Garcia comes from marriage, and your maiden name is ... Wait for it... ALMAZON. Go figure you would bash the runing mayor and lift your own relative. Well your canidate has no plan for how he will be getting this park. He has no land to donate, like Mayor Mervin Walker did. He has no relationships with county and state officials, like Mayor Mervin Walker does. He has no way to produce the funds required for a park. Unless you are thinking he will apply for a grant, but oh wait... The City already did that and was turned down. All he has is a weak promise that he will bring a park to Weir, and no way to actually do it. Might as well say you are going to bring an airport.
This brings me to another issue I have with your canidate, he has no time for Weir. He has a full time job and a family. When will he have time to meet with County and State officials? How will he find time for the needs of Weir, when he can't find his way to a simple city function to meet the people. What will he do in an emergency situation? Who will he contact for help if we got hit by something the likes of Jarrell's tornado? Your canidate (Relative) doesn't have what it takes to hold office, and will not fool anyone on election day.
Tracy Renee ALMAZAN

Austin, TX

#3 Apr 25, 2007
REPOST-
Oh, my dear, you know so little about me, but yet you can talk a lot of crap about something you know nothing about. I am not hiding my maiden name, and anyone that sees my name as Tracy Garcia, well, SWEETY, they know what my maiden name is. I am sorry that I am taking up so much space in your head, but then again, maybe that is a good thing. ARE YOU SCARED OF THE TRUTH COMING OUT?????????
What other residents of Weir show up to any of the meetings that do not pertain to the mayoral election or when it pertains to other citizens having to attend meetings to fight for a simple little driveway or a simple little metal pole carport, that the city council will sure drag out for months, ie. "The Domel Case". What the city council put the Domels through was TOTALLY UNCALLED FOR AND VERY IMMATURE.
If you take away the amount of people that have either showed up to support Dustin Almazan's ideas or just to be nosy about them, then I think you would probably only see maybe 10 people at a city council meeting on an average basis, and that is a maybe. I was over requesting documents from the city secretary yesterday, and she her self said she had not seen that many people at a city council meeting(April 21) since before she became the secretary(about 1998. HMMMMM...What does that tell you??? So, why in the hell are you making a BIG FUSS over the fact that my BROTHER, Dustin Almazan, has only gone to a couple of meetings. What makes him so different than the other 550 citizens of Weir that do not go to meetings????? Answer that question for me, PLEASE!!!!!***This response is continued on next post.******
Tracy Renee ALMAZAN

Austin, TX

#4 Apr 25, 2007
***Continued from previous post****

For yourself, it looks pretty funny that you know me or you have done your research, but yet, you can't quite get my last name correct(ALMAZAN), so that either means you are an ignorant individual that has nothing better to do than to assume things about people or you know nothing about Weir or the citizens of Weir, because if you did, you would know how to spell my last name. Us, ALMAZAN's have been in Weir forever, and will always be there, and there is no one or nothing that will change that.
I am not bashing anyone, but rarely expressing my opinions and emotions of what Mervin Walker was quoted saying in the Austin American Statesman. Has he supported a park? NO. Has he requested a park? If he did it was in conjunction with a city hall, police station, etc. If he would have requested a park ALL BY ITS SELF, then I can bet you that we would have a park today. Why don't you go look back in the county records and show me where he requested a park for Weir, but it has to be a request for a park only, nothing else being requested with it. Get me that answer, would ya???? Also, Mervin Walker could have donated his 2 acres for a park, and the county would have matched the donation amount in park improvements and maintained the park. CORRECTION- I AM ASSUMING
As for my BROTHER, Dustin Almazan, he already has park equipment ready to be donated to the city of Weir!! That is pretty good, considering he is not even on the city council. All it took was a little effort towards something you REALLY want, and you would be amazed by how many people would donate stuff for a GOOD CAUSE-(CHILDREN)!!!
I really do not care who knows what county and state officials. That says nothing about who an individual really is. All that is saying is, "Look, I am important!", which is very arrogant and conceited. Those county and state officials are not who make you Mayor, it is citizens that vote, or did you not know that????
My last words to you....If anyone is trying to fool anyone, it is you. Do not try and tell me lies, because I lived in Weir for 22 years and I know ALMOST everything that went on in Weir, and did not happen in Weir. If in 20 years as Mayor, you cannot produce a single park for the kids, then there is a problem, what kind, I really do not know.
I spoke out and expressed my opinion for the SOLE PURPOSE of MYSELF, and for there to be no benefit for my BROTHER, Dustin Almazan. Mervin Walker did some pretty nasty things to my mother and the organization they once had, and it had a great affect on my life. All I did was express my feelings on an article and all that was is a little bit of FREEDOM OF SPEECH, but some would know nothing about that, especially trying to make people pay fees and get permits to go door to door to campaign.
Like I said at the city council meeting on April 21, 2007, "I am Weir, my brother is Weir, my mother is Weir, some of the city council is Weir, and anyone else that resides in that town is Weir." So, DO NOT TELL ME I DO NOT KNOW WHAT I AM TALKING ABOUT. I have been there and done that and I go to Weir at least once every 4 days, and I will attend many more city council meetings if I wish to.
I am not guarantying that my brother will win, but I would put a bet that he would get more than your one vote you are stating that he'd be lucky to get.
You are the basher, and my BROTHER, Dustin Almazan, who I AM VERY PROUD OF, has NO EMPTY PROMISES, I can guarantee that. Why don't you tell Mervin Walker to come and talk to me next time he has a concern about what I wrote, and not my relatives. He will know what I am talking about. Until next time!!! Oh, yea, what is your name??????
Weir Devolution - Part 1

Georgetown, TX

#9 Apr 26, 2007
Response to "Weir Citizen": Wake Up and quit living in a false sense of security! Let's get some facts straight... First of all with regard to your remark to safety: I'm assuming that you are referring to the proposed change in speed limits from 30 mph to 20 mph that will affect portions of "old town" Weir. If you were at the council meeting where this was brought up you would have known that this proposal was put on the council agenda because Mayor Walker had a perceived notion a vehicle that was approaching him at a intersection had been moving too fast. Did he have a speed measuring devise to determine the rate of speed that the vehicle was moving at (doubtful at best)?
At the April council meeting, citizens voiced their opposition to the decrease in the speed limits around "old town". They pointed out to the rest of the council that the costs of making modifications to the speed limits were unfounded and causes more of an inconvenience to the community than protects, asked who would uphold the laws, and stated that the greatest offender of our posted traffic signs was the Mayor himself! Alber Walther (mayor-pro-tem) made a remark that given light of the opposition that maybe the speed limits should be raised in and around Weir. Another council member, Mr. Chad Van Blokland stated that the Williamson County Sheriff’s Department would be more enticed to uphold the laws and write tickets for moving violations because of the monetary value from a violation of 35 mph in a 30 mph zone vs. 35 mph in a 20 mph zone is greater. As far as I know, the City of Weir does not gain any revenue from traffic citations written by WILCO. Based on Mr. Van Blokland’s statement, we're to believe that law enforcement is in it only for the money and not public safety?!
No one on the council has given an actual cost of what it would take to make the changes/modifications to traffic control signs in Weir other than the signs cost about $8-$9 each with no quantity mentioned. There’s additional costs involve other than the purchase of speed limit signs: posts for the signs, concrete for holding the posts in place, labor for digging/placement of posts and/or signs, civil engineering cost for proper placement of signs on Right-Of-Ways. How can anyone sitting up there on the council board just blindly vote favorably for this without obtaining all the facts and costs first, so that an informed, educated decision can be made?
Weir Devolution - Part 2

Georgetown, TX

#10 Apr 26, 2007
Why doesn’t the City Council address these safety concerns? I can count on several occasions where there have been accidents and near-misses at the Shamrock store and at the corners of N. Main Street/F.M. 971 because of a large sign on a trailer and commercial vehicles parked on the FM971 Right-Of-Ways. As well, there are traffic problems at the corners of S. Main St./Burris St./CR120 because of heavy equipment/semi trucks and trailers parked too close to the intersections, and large commercial vehicles blocking the roadway. I guess council member Ken Neans thinks he is entitled to use Burris St. as his private drive and maintenance bay for his business. Let me give you the answer as to why the city refuses to do anything about these atrocities… Wait for it…here it comes...It’s the good ol’ boy network.
If the City Council is so concerned with the safety of the community, why don’t they take the time and have a traffic study done by an independent firm? Furthermore, why don’t they perform a check of historical data from the Sheriff’s department and Texas DPS to find out how many citations have been written or accidents have been logged within the city limits of Weir? They may find that some of the speed limits may need to be raised on certain streets, maybe some of the yield signs need to be converted to stop signs, and that some of the intersections need to be four way stops.
The local, county, and state laws and rules that govern our town should be adhered to by everyone with regard to safety. Our Mayor and council member should be setting examples instead of violating the laws and ignoring the real traffic problem areas. Maybe we, the citizens of the community should have the council explain to our children why it’s okay for some select few to break the rules, but not others.
For all personnel that are reading this: The May agenda will probably have the issue of changing the speed limit in parts of old town Weir. This will be the third time in a row that this topic will be discussed. It has become apparent that if the City Council doesn’t get its way on matters that are deemed important to them, they postpone any up/down vote and moves it to the next month’s agenda with hopes of beating down any opposition. Get involved; let your voice be heard!
Weir Devolution - Part 1

Georgetown, TX

#11 Apr 26, 2007
Response to "Weir Citizen": Wake Up and quit living in a false sense of security! Let's get some facts straight... First of all with regard to your remark to safety: I'm assuming that you are referring to the proposed change in speed limits from 30 mph to 20 mph that will affect portions of "old town" Weir. If you were at the council meeting where this was brought up you would have known that this proposal was put on the council agenda because Mayor Walker had a perceived notion a vehicle that was approaching him at a intersection had been moving too fast. Did he have a speed measuring devise to determine the rate of speed that the vehicle was moving at (doubtful at best)?

At the April council meeting, citizens voiced their opposition to the decrease in the speed limits around "old town". They pointed out to the rest of the council that the costs of making modifications to the speed limits were unfounded and causes more of an inconvenience to the community than protects, asked who would uphold the laws, and stated that the greatest offender of our posted traffic signs was the Mayor himself! Alber Walther (mayor-pro-tem) made a remark that given light of the opposition that maybe the speed limits should be raised in and around Weir. Another council member, Mr. Chad Van Blokland stated that the Williamson County Sheriff’s Department would be more enticed to uphold the laws and write tickets for moving violations because of the monetary value from a violation of 35 mph in a 30 mph zone vs. 35 mph in a 20 mph zone is greater. As far as I know, the City of Weir does not gain any revenue from traffic citations written by WILCO. Based on Mr. Van Blokland’s statement, we're to believe that law enforcement is in it only for the money and not public safety?!

No one on the council has given an actual cost of what it would take to make the changes/modifications to traffic control signs in Weir other than the signs cost about $8-$9 each with no quantity mentioned. There’s additional costs involve other than the purchase of speed limit signs: posts for the signs, concrete for holding the posts in place, labor for digging/placement of posts and/or signs, civil engineering cost for proper placement of signs on Right-Of-Ways. How can anyone sitting up there on the council board just blindly vote favorably for this without obtaining all the facts and costs first, so that an informed, educated decision can be made?
Weir Devolution - Part 3

Ashburn, VA

#12 Apr 26, 2007
Be prepared to be shocked… the mayoral candidate race will be a real barn burner!

We’ve heard what the challenging mayoral candidate (Dustin Almazan) wants to do for the citizens of Weir. He wants to help facilitate the planning and implementation of a park for all ages, young and old, to enjoy. By him publicly speaking about what he wants, individuals and organizations are listening and some have approached him to ask what they can do to help or what items they can donate to make this a goal a reality.

I’ve not seen one document where the city of Weir has asked county and state agencies for monies to create a park, land or no land. Of all documentation that I’ve seen thus far, the city has asked for help with a community center, city hall, police station, and a senior citizens center, but no park. Hmmm, so when did the city ask for assistance with a park?

Has anyone heard what the incumbent (Mervin Walker) has promised or intends to do in his re-election bid? I would like to hear, as well as many others, what he has planned for this community as a “leader”. Can anyone elaborate?

Sadly, I’ve asked Mr. Walker and received the most pitiful response. The mayor thinks that he’s entitled to this position because his grand-father settled in the area back in the 1880’s and he’s third generation in the area. He also goes along to state that he has no say in what goes on at the council meetings and has never voted on anything, but one time on an agenda item (due to someone being absent). I guess the rest of time as acting Mayor he’s the council’s puppet and they’re the puppeteers pulling the strings. His handbill states nothing about what he’s championed for the citizens or the city over the last 19-20 years as the Mayor. His document just name drops various organizations that he’s had an association with. Guess what, other members of the community have been involved with these same associations at one time or another.

There was comment made that Dustin Almazan won’t have time for Weir. I think the person meant that if Dustin is elected Mayor, he won’t have time to go around patrolling the city and make everyone feel like there being kept under the thumb of our local government. I wonder do the Mayors of Georgetown, Jarrell, Hutto, Pflugerville, Cedar Park, Leander, etc. go around wearing a badge patrolling their cities?

The “Weir Citizen” states that Dustin has a full-time job and a family to occupy his time and can’t possibly make the time to meet with county and state officials, or meet the needs of Weir (going around pulling snakes out of houses), or attend simple city functions. If this person will look at each person on the council, they will see that each and every one of them have extracurricular act ivies, work, and family that occupy the better part of their lives. I would like for “Weir Citizen” to expand upon what they deem as a city function that requires a meet and greet. As far as anyone knows the city doesn’t conduct simple functions. It’s the organizations within the community (in and outside the confines of the city limits) that conduct these functions.

Finally, there’s mention of relationships with other county and state officials that Mr. Walker has. What have those relationships done for Weir? Seriously, we would like to know. If Mr. Walker were to become incapacitated, does that leave Weir hanging out in the wind with no contingency plan for keeping the lines of communication open with other officials? I would hope that the city does have a back up plan to communicate with the appropriate officials during a time of crisis if Mr. Walker were to ever get swallowed up by a tornado.

It’s time to turn the reins over to someone else that has a vision and not poo-poo on forward thinking. Get involved; Let your voice be heard!
Tracy ALMAZAN

Austin, TX

#13 Apr 28, 2007
I wonder where the "Weir Citizen" went? I am still waiting for their response about their name. Maybe they checked the facts and now they are emabarrassed. Does anyone know where the "Weir Citizen" is???????? I guess I'll find out on May 10th. Anyone want to give me just a little hint?
John Q Citizen

Belton, TX

#14 Apr 28, 2007
Dear Tracy,
Do you even know where you live??? In your first post you indicate "Austin"...in subsequent posts it says "Georgetown". Well, which is it?
You are doing loads of good for Dusty Almazan's credibility. If you are so concerned for the "progress" of Weir, TX, why don't you step up to the plate and run for office yourself? Oh wait, I almost forgot. YOU DON'T EVEN LIVE IN WEIR!!!
Tracy ALMAZAN

United States

#15 Apr 28, 2007
"John Q", that's a good one. Do you assume that I am that slow. Try something else C***V. Bet you cannot figure that one out. If you had any knowledge of the internet or computers at that, you would know that I did not INPUT the town that it displays on the postings, DDDDUUUUUHHHHHH!!!!!!! I must really get under your skin. Also, how would you know to call my brother "Dusty"? You gave your self away once more. "Oh wait", also gives you away, so do not think I do not know who you are. I am sorry that you resent me so much, but for what reason? YOU DO NOT EVEN KNOW ME, so why all the HATE? There is no need for me to step up to any plate, and it is not about credidbility here. It was about what the current Mayor HAS NOT DONE for the last 20 years. Get your facts and your story straight. If you are so concerned about Weir, then why hide your real identity? Wouldn't you want people to know how much you care and what good, if any, you are trying to do for Weir? I will post no more here, only because I have no time for your GAMES. I have a full-time job and a family to take care of, so that really leaves no time for POLITICS!!!! RIGHT???????? Also, I hope you know that you made it sound like only the retired or unemployed are the only people that can run for Mayor, and that anyone that works hard all day long for their family should not give it a thought to run for Mayor. Makes you sound like such a great person to meet. See ya on the 10th of May.
John Q Citizen

Belton, TX

#16 Apr 29, 2007
All of these unkind words are so unnecessary. Our family doesn't post very often on these boards so, No, we didn't know that the town would automatically pop up. But that's OK, becuase it's not the point of my reply.
Please know that the words I am about to write are to anyone and everyone reading on this site and not directed back at Tracy.
Like I said earlier..All of this backstabbing really saddens me. Let me give you a little background on my husband, my children, and myself. We have strong Christian beliefs and we believe that you should do unto others as you would want them to do unto you. I don't think anyone enjoys being run into the ground by others. In Proverbs 10:19 it says, "When words are many, sin is not absent, but he who holds his tongue is wise". I think that many unkind words have been spoken that are not pleasing to the Lord. We are all sinners (myself included) because we do, say, and think things that are evil. Please know that I am not trying to say that any one person is more sinful than another.(continued on next post)
John Q Citizen

Belton, TX

#17 Apr 29, 2007
(continued)
One thing is for certain, God wants us to have integrity so we can be trusted with responsibility. Holding a political office is a big responsibility. I am pleading that if Mayor Walker, Mr. Almazon, or any of the other candidates read this, they would take to heart "integrity". This isn't about who works full time or who is retired. It's about electing people with integrity. A mayor or a council member should be a person the community can trust; someone who cares deeply for the town and it's future.
I know that this election is taking a toll on many citizens of Weir. Only God knows what the outcome of the election will be. Those of us here on earth must wait to find out. It is my prayer that during the next few weeks all of those involved will conduct themselves in a way that gives honor and glory to God. It is comforting to know that God has a special plan for each of our lives and He will use us for His greatness.(continued on next post)
John Q Citizen

Belton, TX

#18 Apr 29, 2007
(continued)
My family will pray for the candidates up until the day of the election and in the days following the election. It is our prayer that the man who wins will not be boastful or proud, but will be humble, gracious, and thankful. I must also admit that after reading the posts written by others, I felt angry and that is when my heart became heavy with guilt and I knew I had to ask for forgiveness from my Heavenly Father. I cannot be at peace if I know that I am not right in the eyes of my Heavenly Father. I also strive to do what is pleasing in the eyes of my earthly father who also loves me very much. He happens to be Mayor Mervin Walker.
To the candidates: May God bless your life abundantly and may you be at peace with the decisions made by the voters on election day.
In Christ,
The Davis Family
Christopher Griffin

Austin, TX

#19 Apr 29, 2007
The first thing I am going to do in this post is introduce my self to get it out of the way and squash any possible identity hiding. My name is Christopher Griffin. I am 28 years old and have been in the Weir area for approximately 14 years now. I have been following the posts in this forum since the beginning of the childish name calling and finger pointing but have kept my opinions to my self. Now I have to put my two cents in. The first post that I observed that got my attention was Tracy Garcia stating that “There are many residents in Weir,TX that are fed up with Mervin's lies and unfulfilled promises.” I would like to know how Garcia gathers her information. Every one that I know and speak to in Weir actually like Walker. That is except for those who stand some sort of political gain to not. I am not so sure that these are attacks on Walker do not stem from a certain group being upset at the fact that they (Outlaws) are no longer at the front of the Weir Street Dance. Attacking Walker in an open forum stating “he gets snakes out of trees or houses for these women while their husbands are gone!!! Is he trying to tell everyone that he has to seduce women for their support of him in HIS OWN TOWN?” is very slanderous and childish. I have had Walker help me in the past. I did not even have to ask for his help. Walker popped up and volunteered to lend a hand out of his own time. Does this lead you to believe that Walker is attempting to seduce me for support as well? I am leaning towards the probably not side of the spectrum. Garcia also stated “In the 28 years I have been alive I cannot recall one time when Mervin Walker saw me at the local Weir Country Store and say "Hi" to me. NOT ONCE, and yes, he does know exactly who I am and exactly what I look like.” I am not attempting to sound rude so don’t take it that way, but maybe Walker just does not like her. Personally, I know lots of people that I don’t speak to. It goes with if you don’t have anything nice to say just don’t say it at all. Maybe Walker was just attempting to avoid any type of conflict because he knows you have ill feeling toward him and feels it better to leave laying dogs lay. I know that if I were to see her in our local store I would have nothing to say to her due to her showing what kind of person she really is on these forums alone.
Now on to the complaints about the City Counsel. I understand that small town politics can be very frustrating and often not make any sense but that is the “politics” of it. I work in a place were politics effect every aspect of every thing I do and am often upset about how things work but I also understand that its just “politics”. If politics were a simple game full of only yes or no answers our country would not be billions of dollars in debt. We would not have protesters at most of our military recruiting bases; all of our hungry and homeless would be warm and have a full belly. It seems that many people want to look at things through a distorted vision because the outcomes of things are not the way they wanted them to turn out. Welcome to politics. I do not know your brother and have not observed him at any city function or been greeted by him at our local store I am at every day before work and sometimes after. I refuse to bash his existence or lift him because as I stated I do not know him. I can say that if you think that placing him into a political office will make all the political problems go away, you are dead wrong and you may need to do a bit more research on politics.
Contimued
Christopher Griffin

Austin, TX

#20 Apr 29, 2007
I agree with you in the aspect of a park being a good idea. It would be great to have a park for the little ones however you must look a bit deeper into it than just placing it somewhere. First you must look at the cost of having it installed. Even if you get the land and equipment donated you must look at the cost of having it installed or setup. Then comes the cost of maintaining the park. You must have someone cut the grass, pick up the litter and check for any damaged equipment that may become dangerous for the little ones playing on it. Georgetown can do so because they actually have a “parks department “to do all of this. Unless you are going to volunteer your personal time for this it may be a bit of a financial problem as the jobs do not come cheap. Next comes the cost of lighting the park. You must have some sort of lighting for the park to maintain safety. Someone must pay for the electricity for the lighting and the cost of placing lighting equipment in the park. Another aspect that some have failed to mention is that if you intend to fully insure the park for any injuries that a child may suffer while at the park you must have brand new equipment installed by the manufacture. Without the park being insured the City of Weir will be opening itself up for massive lawsuits. This is another cost the community will have to produce money for. I am not on City Council but I am thinking that the city does not have a ton of revenue coming in. All of these costs combined are sure to become very expensive. You and your brother know as well as I do that this is not going to be cheap. Is this money going to come out of tax money? What about those who do not feel that we do not need a park due to there being a nice park only a few miles west on 971.
Continued
Christopher Griffin

Austin, TX

#21 Apr 29, 2007
These “citizens” may feel that using their tax money on a park they do not agree with or support to be an unfair use of their tax money. There is another problem with a park in our little town that I can see. When is the last time anyone has actually driven through Georgetown’s park late at night? I have been through it very recently. Actually I drove through it last night on my way home from a job. Do you know what I saw? I observed several older kids approximately 18 years old and several young adults just sitting in the back of the vehicles drinking and who knows what else. I know for a fact there is a ton of drug activity in Georgetown Park late at night. A lot of this is curbed due to having proactive Georgetown Police Officers doing everything they can to stop it. Where you find drinking and drugs you find higher crime rates. This is proven fact. If you do not believe me all you have to do is file open records act with Williamson County and see the link between the two. We do not have a local police department and Williamson County Sheriffs Deputies are spread out very thin. They often run from call to call all night long meaning it may take them a while to get back to our city. The question I pose to you. Is this a problem you are willing to bring to Weir with open arms? As I stated earlier I agree that it would be great to have a park for the children but we must first overcome the problems associated with it first.
The subject of the speed limit signs is getting ridiculously out of control. First if you do manage to get a park set up you will have to change the speed limit to 20 mph. 20 mph is the prima facie speed for any park in the state of Texas so this will be a must. To the part where law enforcement is only in it for the money not the public safety. First off officers make no money on the amount of citations they write. Despite what most believe there is not quota or written citations. Second, most officers will allow a 5mph buffer in the speed due to most radar units being plus or minus 3mph. At 15mph above the posted speed limit offers more probable cause to conduct a traffic stop. Traffic stops provide perfect probable cause to make contact with motorists. If you do a bit more research you will find the majority of felony warrant and felony drug arrests come from traffic stops. In conclusion one may assume that lowering the speed limits will offer better odds of bringing more horrible people to justice that otherwise would still be preying on our children and family members. Sounds like a fair trade to me.
Continued
Christopher Griffin

Austin, TX

#22 Apr 29, 2007
Weir Devolution also stated “Why doesn’t the City Council address these safety concerns? I can count on several occasions where there have been accidents and near-misses at the Shamrock store and at the corners of N. Main Street/F.M. 971 because of a truck-trailer and/or commercial vehicles parked on the FM971 Right-Of-Ways”. Again you have to remember that we have no local law enforcement. You have to have local law enforcement to attend to these problems. Is there even a city ordinance pertaining to the parking of truck-tractor semi trailers next to the Weir Country Store? Again I am not on City Council so I am unsure of the answer. Without one there is nothing that can be done about it. If there is one you will be hard pressed to have a Deputy write a citation for the offence due to the Deputy upholding county and state laws and not local municipalities’ city ordinances. I have observed that Neans does park his vehicles on the side of Burris St. I personally have never had any problem with his vehicles obstruction my view and I live in this area. Maybe it’s because I pay attention to my driving and where I am going. I feel this is a “grasping at straws” attempt to make a City Council Official look bad so I did not look at this to deeply. Did anyone actually look at the property his vehicles are on? First I would like to say that he did a good job making it look nice and prevent any damage to the ground he is parked on. This is a rare action for someone to do considering he does not own the property. Does the property belong to the City of Weir or the State of Texas. I am not to sure but I personally believe that the property he is on is actually owned by the rail road. I have also witnessed Neans spending his own money on our city streets. Most of the citizens do not know that the moving costs of equipment to have our streets repaved were not in the city budget. Neans provided the cost of having all necessary equipment transported to the City of Weir to have our street repaved. This money did not come out of the air or a money tree. The thousands of dollars required to move this equipment came directly out of Neans’ own personal budget/ pocket. Sounds like a horrible guy to me.

In conclusion to my “opinions” I would like to say that politics are politics. I feel as if Garcia is doing nothing more than “mudslinging”. It is plainly obvious that she is just initiating an immature and uneducated bashing game on the Mayor and the City Council. If you are not I apologize for my statement ahead of time as I am sure I will be the next on your list to bash. I personally feel that you are hindering your brothers possible progress as a political figure with your high school antics more than you are helping him. As a citizen of Weir I am asking you to pull out and let your brother fight his own fight as I am sure that he knew ahead of time that it was going to be an uphill fight. As I state already,“if you have nothing nice to say don’t say it at all”.
Christopher Griffin

Austin, TX

#23 Apr 29, 2007
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The first thing I am going to do in this post is introduce my self to get it out of the way and squash any possible identity hiding. My name is Christopher Griffin. I am 28 years old and have been in the Weir area for approximately 14 years now. I have been following the posts in this forum since the beginning of the childish name calling and finger pointing but have kept my opinions to my self. Now I have to put my two cents in. The first post that I observed that got my attention was Tracy Garcia stating that “There are many residents in Weir,TX that are fed up with Mervin's lies and unfulfilled promises.” I would like to know how Garcia gathers her information. Every one that I know and speak to in Weir actually like Walker. That is except for those who stand some sort of political gain to not. I am not so sure that these are attacks on Walker do not stem from a certain group being upset at the fact that they (Outlaws) are no longer at the front of the Weir Street Dance. Attacking Walker in an open forum stating “he gets snakes out of trees or houses for these women while their husbands are gone!!! Is he trying to tell everyone that he has to seduce women for their support of him in HIS OWN TOWN?” is very slanderous and childish. I have had Walker help me in the past. I did not even have to ask for his help. Walker popped up and volunteered to lend a hand out of his own time. Does this lead you to believe that Walker is attempting to seduce me for support as well? I am leaning towards the probably not side of the spectrum. Garcia also stated “In the 28 years I have been alive I cannot recall one time when Mervin Walker saw me at the local Weir Country Store and say "Hi" to me. NOT ONCE, and yes, he does know exactly who I am and exactly what I look like.” I am not attempting to sound rude so don’t take it that way, but maybe Walker just does not like her. Personally, I know lots of people that I don’t speak to. It goes with if you don’t have anything nice to say just don’t say it at all. Maybe Walker was just attempting to avoid any type of conflict because he knows you have ill feeling toward him and feels it better to leave laying dogs lay. I know that if I were to see her in our local store I would have nothing to say to her due to her showing what kind of person she really is on these forums alone.

Now on to the complaints about the City Counsel. I understand that small town politics can be very frustrating and often not make any sense but that is the “politics” of it. I work in a place were politics effect every aspect of every thing I do and am often upset about how things work but I also understand that its just “politics”. If politics were a simple game full of only yes or no answers our country would not be billions of dollars in debt. We would not have protesters at most of our military recruiting bases; all of our hungry and homeless would be warm and have a full belly. It seems that many people want to look at things through a distorted vision because the outcomes of things are not the way they wanted them to turn out. Welcome to politics. I do not know your brother and have not observed him at any city function or been greeted by him at our local store I am at every day before work and sometimes after. I refuse to bash his existence or lift him because as I stated I do not know him. I can say that if you think that placing him into a political office will make all the political problems go away, you are dead wrong and you may need to do a bit more research on politics.

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Christopher Griffin

Austin, TX

#24 Apr 29, 2007
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I agree with you in the aspect of a park being a good idea. It would be great to have a park for the little ones however you must look a bit deeper into it than just placing it somewhere. First you must look at the cost of having it installed. Even if you get the land and equipment donated you must look at the cost of having it installed or setup. Then comes the cost of maintaining the park. You must have someone cut the grass, pick up the litter and check for any damaged equipment that may become dangerous for the little ones playing on it. Georgetown can do so because they actually have a “parks department “to do all of this. Unless you are going to volunteer your personal time for this it may be a bit of a financial problem as the jobs do not come cheap. Next comes the cost of lighting the park. You must have some sort of lighting for the park to maintain safety. Someone must pay for the electricity for the lighting and the cost of placing lighting equipment in the park. Another aspect that some have failed to mention is that if you intend to fully insure the park for any injuries that a child may suffer while at the park you must have brand new equipment installed by the manufacture. Without the park being insured the City of Weir will be opening itself up for massive lawsuits. This is another cost the community will have to produce money for. I am not on City Council but I am thinking that the city does not have a ton of revenue coming in. All of these costs combined are sure to become very expensive. You and your brother know as well as I do that this is not going to be cheap. Is this money going to come out of tax money? What about those who do not feel that we do not need a park due to there being a nice park only a few miles west on 971. These “citizens” may feel that using their tax money on a park they do not agree with or support to be an unfair use of their tax money. There is another problem with a park in our little town that I can see. When is the last time anyone has actually driven through Georgetown’s park late at night? I have been through it very recently. Actually I drove through it last night on my way home from a job. Do you know what I saw? I observed several older kids approximately 18 years old and several young adults just sitting in the back of the vehicles drinking and who knows what else. I know for a fact there is a ton of drug activity in Georgetown Park late at night. A lot of this is curbed due to having proactive Georgetown Police Officers doing everything they can to stop it. Where you find drinking and drugs you find higher crime rates. This is proven fact. If you do not believe me all you have to do is file open records act with Williamson County and see the link between the two. We do not have a local police department and Williamson County Sheriffs Deputies are spread out very thin. They often run from call to call all night long meaning it may take them a while to get back to our city.
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