At the Private Property Awareness Public Meeting Monday night (11/07/2011), Oscar Fogle gave the audience a long-winded review of his history in Caldwell County, Texas. His implication was that unless a person was born in Caldwell County, there is no reason to trust that person. He also implied that only born and bred Caldwell County residents have a right to an opinion about what happens in the county government.
Mr. Fogle, at the same time, seems to support Judge Tom Bonn, Commissioner John Cyrier, and Commissioner Fred Buchholtz in turning over the administrative duties to an outsider. Recently these three commissioners, over loud public objection, hired Ron Heggemeier to perform the administrative duties of the County Judge as the County Administrator.
Let’s look at Mr. Heggemeier’s history -
- Licensed to practice law in the State of Texas on December 10, 2009 as a Government Lawyer practicing in the area of Government/Administration (State of Texas Bar Association Profile).
- Admitted to the Colorado Bar Association in May 1990 as a Real Estate attorney (Colorado Bar Association – you will be asked to put in an anti-spam code which is given).
- In 2006, attempted to build a 5,000 home development in Elbert County, Colorado (Denver Post, October, 2006 and December, 2006 -scroll to the bottom of the screen).
- In 2006, proposed changes to Elbert County Regulations and Master Plan to accommodate his development Elbert County Commissioner Minutes 11-08-2006 (Download Word doc). Proposal withdrawn at November 15 meeting <Read local residents thoughts on this development October 2006 and November 2006).
It looks to me like Judge Bonn, Commissioners Cyrier and Buchholtz, along with supportive Caldwell County native Mr. Fogle have no problem turning over the administrating of Caldwell County’s government to this outsider. Furthermore Mr. Heggemeier does not even live in Caldwell County. How much more can one be an outsider?
I must say that in the eighteen months that I’ve lived in Caldwell County I have found that most people are very welcoming of us “outsiders” who moved here for the rural Caldwell life style. Those of us who will stand with native county citizens to maintain the long-standing way of life. My husband and I moved here because of the rural, freedom-loving lifestyle that most Caldwell citizens enjoy and want to keep. We’re not out to change it.
What do you think? Are outsiders a problem for Caldwell County?