Citizens comments go awry

by | Apr 1, 2021 | Latest

The Farmersville City Coun­cil routinely begins its meetings by allowing residents a chance to comment on matters not list­ed on the current agenda.

At its March 23 regular meeting at City Hall, Mayor Bryon Wiebold asked for com­ments from the floor on non-agenda items – and then he and the council got an earful from one resident and from a man she was defending against what she said was unfair treatment from the city council.

Alison Mathers, who is mar­ried to Councilman Dwain Mathers – who is not seeking re-election to a new term in the upcoming municipal elec­tion – called for a “public apol­ogy” from the council to Benny Mondy, who wants to operate a food truck in Farmersville. Mathers said councilmembers had told Mondy they were “helping him break the law” by waiving requirements he needs to operate a food stand.

Wiebold said the city cur­rently does not allow Mondy to operate a food truck, but said the city is trying to work with him to find a solution. Wiebold mentioned a meeting he had with him that he described as “cordial.” The mayor said he had nothing personal against Mondy but the city is sim­ply seeking to clarify where it stands with regard to the food truck issue.

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By John Kanelis • [email protected]

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