Concerned residents flood City Hall
POSTED: Friday, March 28, 2014 - 8:57am
UPDATED: Friday, March 28, 2014 - 6:36pm
Longview, Tx (KETK) — Residents lined up for Thursday night's City Council meeting to voice their concerns on two key issues.
First on the agenda: what some are calling "Nugent Gate."
The city paid rockstar Ted Nugent more than $16,0000 to end negotiations for its Independence Day concert.
Mayor Jay Dean addressed the issue before citizen comments were heard.
"Due to inexeperience and lack of communication some of our staff members were very unaware of entertainment contracts."
Some residents were baffled as to why the city thought Nugent would be a good fit for such a family-friendly event, in the first place.
"Whoever made the decision to bring him here..where was the city attorney?"
Others said the decision to cancel Nugent's performance showed the city's devotion to morality.
"You all are doing an exemplary job..you're doin something right..it's easy for people to come and attack when they don't understand."
Next, the council had to decide whether to allow construction of an oil well in the middle of a residential area.
One of Longview's youngest residents, Maggie Mays, showed up to voice her concern.
"They're really noisy and our neighborhood is peaceful..and we don't want that to change."
Despite opposition, council members voted to close Triple Creek Road for 90 days to allow for construction of the oil well.
Resident Hattie Phipps applauded the decision as she ended her citizen comment by saying "drill baby, drill."