Author name: Dan McJunkin

Among other things, Dan McJunkin is a former Simonton Mayor and City Council Member, and has served as Secretary on the Valley Lodge Property Owners' Association. His experience across a myriad of local political matters has earned him a unique perspective on how local government works. His viewpoint is that government is of, by, and for the benefit of the governed. That being the case, Dan McJunkin believes the voters have a right to determine their destiny through the ballot box as well as through a thorough understanding of the activities at City Hall - all while understanding their individual rights and responsibilities. and can provide the best of services for the most effecient use of

No City Council Meeting for November 15th, 2022

City Fails to Call a “Regular” November City Council Meeting The City of Simonton did not post their “regular” monthly meeting agenda for the meeting that had been expected to be held on Tuesday, November 15, 2022. Consequently, it appears that they will not hold a regular business meeting this month. No cancellation notice was …

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Animal Control Begins with Enforcement of our Existing Animal Control Ordinance

Animal Control Begins with Enforcement of Our Existing Animal Control Ordinance For too long, I’ve heard stories about my neighbors losing livestock and pets to “stray” dogs or animals that are “off premise” – not contained on the owner’s property.  This has got to stop. Just weeks ago, one neighbor’s goat was killed by their …

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What I learned about Simonton’s GIS Commitment – Some is good and some is not so good.

“GIS” – What is it, and what it does. Will the benefit outweigh the “Big Brother” risk? The City Council has refused to discuss the “GIS Mapping” issue publicly and there’s no reason for it. “GIS” is short for “Geographical Information System” and it is used every day by governments and businesses to visualize and …

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Detailed GIS Maps Available Through the Fort Bend County Website

Detailed GIS Maps Available Through the Fort Bend County Website The City of Simonton has approved spending $5000 + $1200/year on Simonton’s own GIS mapping tool. It could take a while to get it online. According to the City, having GIS mapping on its website is a legal requirement. From what the City Secretary says, …

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What’s “Buried” in the Consent Agenda? Information Revealed

What’s “Buried” in the Consent Agenda? Information Revealed On the “Consent Agenda” again for the City Council Meeting 11-01-2022 At the City Council Meeting held improperly on October 18, 2022, the City Council had been provided the documentation about three of the four items that had effectively been “buried” in the “Consent Agenda”. The public …

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Redux: City Council Meeting, Tuesday November 1, 2022 at 6:30 pm, All Over Again

Redux: City Council Meeting to be “Re-Held” Tuesday November 1, 2022 at 6:30 pm. Correction: The City Attorney was listed on the agenda and anticipated to be present in the meeting. But, since the Mayor did not poll the virtual attendees, it is unclear as to whether the City Attorney was actually present at the …

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Increasing Tropical Activity Reminds Us to Be Prepared. Start Today!

Increasing Tropical Activity Reminds Us to Be Prepared. Start Today! Thankfully, there is presently no threat, but with a recent increase in tropical activity, we are reminded that not so long ago, we found ourselves in the path of some very significant storm events. We all know how vulnerable Simonton can be. That being the …

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City Council Votes to Approve Massive Property Tax Increase, Denies Improprieties

City Council Votes to Approve Massive Property Tax Increase, Denies Improprieties At their August 20, 2022 City Council Meeting, the City Council voted to approve the largest single increase in property tax in the city’s history. Weighing in at 136%, the city will raise a total of $499,999. This amount includes an additional $290,235 over …

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City Council Meeting and Budget Hearing, Tuesday September 20, 2022 at 6:30 pm.

City Council Meeting and Budget Hearing, Tuesday September 20, 2022 at 6:30 pm. Click HERE for the City Council Meeting Agenda Click HERE for the Proposed City Budget The City Council for the City of Simonton will hold a two-part City Council meeting on September 20, 2022.  The first portion of the meeting will be …

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