A city council that takes one step forward and four steps backward, deserves little respect

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Tuesday, the city council met in another stringent city council session to limit the rights and options of residents and citizens.
In addition to having previously banning legal herbal medication; spending money it does not have; allowing blight to spread throughout the city; raising taxes, fees and assessment without remorse;  pandering to crony organizations, shutting down the Drive-In Outdoor swap meet;  going in debt $33 million for Project Phoenix with not enough money left for Project Phoenix; a Council-funded telemarketing scheme working against the city , and for stonewalling a city councilwomen — the council took a “decisive” step Tuesday calling for the  planning commission to prohibited street vendors.
Does this send a message to “Mustards Last Stand” and others that a dysfunctional council doesn’t want mom and pop street vendors in the city?
The county imposes realistic safeguards regarding regulating and licensing street vendors. The council is wrong to ban licensed vendors in the city.
Once again, the city is disrespecting free enterprise and restricting commerce in the city.
Councilman Joel Klink just couldn’t get enough of rambling and slighting vendors. The outdated councilman said, “I get tired of seeing bonsai trees out there…and firewood all for sale…. It’s wrong for us.”
In other council business, Jim Krushat and Leslie May were appointed planning commissioners.
The only way the city will move forward is when three redundant councilmen get out of the way of meaningful progress and allow the city and its residents to move into the new millennium with grace and intelligence.
We should be maximizing liberties, not minimizing or restricting the rights and choices and of residents and citizens.


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17 Responses to A city council that takes one step forward and four steps backward, deserves little respect

  1. Dan OBrien March 2, 2017 at 2:45 pm

    I check in on my Peddlers License… Turns out I am fine….. I would be grandfathered in. Have the Insurance a current Health Permit and the Background check is doing fine.

    Now I can understand the problem…. we have a pant load of people who’ve just set up shop with out Jumping the hoops. Those hoops are pretty strenuous and expensive, but if I can do it, everyone who wants to Peddle or vend better do the same.

  2. Mark Clemons March 2, 2017 at 2:55 pm

    well that is refreshing to know, been looking to the day we would criminalize selling a miniature bonsai trees, I just hate the seeing that type of dung in my town.

    • Dan OBrien March 2, 2017 at 4:16 pm

      Movies in the park piss me off. If you can’t hump the Old lady in the back seat of the car , what good is going to see the movies?

  3. Mark Clemons March 3, 2017 at 7:00 am

    showing free movies in the park is what make 29 a great place to live, those free movies save the citizens from having to spend five bucks for two first run movies at the drive in. I would say saving the citizens from having to pay for entertainment is a pretty big deal for many. probably would complain about the drive in concession prices anyway.

    but dan your post was cute, now that you are a legal 29 street vendor you can sell dogs out of the front and hump in the rear of your concession trailer,

  4. Branson Hunter
    Branson Hunter March 3, 2017 at 1:42 pm

    Sounds kind of like I got mine and to heck with everyone else. Non-food vendors and food vendors should have their city license reduced. Food vendors — especially veteran vendors just like you — should have a place in the marketplace.

    • Dan OBrien March 3, 2017 at 6:26 pm

      No it’s more like I pay about $900.00 a year insurance alone. I have to have a complete background check, written permissions.

      This is the rule in town License, insurance, written permissions.I have to do it. I do not see why others can not.

      Yeah I got mine.. I continue to follow the rules. I think it is more fair that others do to.

  5. Branson Hunter
    Branson Hunter March 4, 2017 at 4:52 am

    There is no mentioned of waiving license or insurance. Equal opportunity for others who meet the requirements.

  6. Dan OBrien March 4, 2017 at 7:27 am

    Equal Opportunity?? Follow the ordinance and you have all the Equal Opportunity you could ever want.

    I am at a loss to see what the problem is other than, you want everyone other than me to have free reign to sell their wares with out license…..

    Here is a simple and Plain leveling suggestion: I would advise those wishing to be vendors in town to go down to the Finance Department and Apply for a Hawkers/Peddlers License. Have the insurance, Pay for the Background Check and get compliant. A simple Equal Opportunity for all.

  7. Mark Clemons March 4, 2017 at 7:50 am

    Never thought I would see the day that Dan embraced bureaucracy, No child shale clean yards, no child shale sell lemon aid, no mom to hem or sow for an extra couple of bucks, no chance for the father to sell his lifelong creations Bosnia trees, but my friend Dan kissed ass and embraced the bureaucrats to sell his hot dogs.

    Thats as bad as I in the transportation industry, for every new restrictive law maters not it could do with CARB or hours of service or my favorite additional insurance requirement every one of those is determinate to the small owner operator but good for me when he no longer can compete. I guess similarly that why they say the EPA is is big oils best friend.

    I love my profit but at the same time i see the evils of full blown capitalism

  8. Dan OBrien March 4, 2017 at 8:27 am

    So Mark you support Jitney Truck Drivers not following the rules, at the expense of your Firm as an example, who follows all rules and pays all license fees, carries insurance who’s drivers are also licensed. Or as I suspect its alright to try to belittle me but god forbid your business is protected protected with Federal contracts, and exclusive routes. Got It.

    You need to put your money where your mouth is and start letting Pirate Trucking take over your Contracts and postal routes……. They deserve an Equal Opportunity, Who cares that you had to jump the hoops. F**k your Exclusive Contracts!

    • Dan OBrien March 4, 2017 at 8:29 am

      Oh yeah if you think my Peddlers license is a form of Full Blown Capitalism you have a screw loose…. You know how hard it was to get permission to have one and the hoops my wife and I had to jump through to get it..

  9. Branson Hunter
    Branson Hunter March 5, 2017 at 7:28 am

    There should be nothing wrong with someone wanting the same opportunities — follows all rules and pays all license fees, carry insurance and licensed to operate a food truck or concession trailer.

  10. Mark Clemons March 6, 2017 at 6:24 am

    Dan READ my statement “I love my profit but at the same time i see the evils of full blown capitalism”

    Its capitalism in high gear when business seeks protective code through government regulators .

    • Dan OBrien March 6, 2017 at 6:32 am

      Kind of like exclusive postal routes?

  11. Mark Clemons March 10, 2017 at 6:32 am

    your perception of postal routes is just a little off, Its highly competitive our advantage is navigating the volumes of regulations.


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