Mayor Laforce refuses to let citizen address city council

Emails regarding Mr. Greg Niblock addressing the Searcy city council:
From: “Belinda Laforce” <blaforce@cityofsearcy.org>
Date: Wed, 7 Oct 2009 10:20:05 -0500
Cc: Buck Gibson<bgibson@millargibson.com>; Peggy Meads<pmeads@cityofsearcy.org>
Subject: Council Agenda

Dear Mr. Niblock,

I am confirming by this email that I am in receipt of your request to be placed on the upcoming City Council Agenda to address the Council regarding the Advertising & Promotion Tax.

However, I do not believe it would be appropriate for you to address the City Council at this time since you represent the Plaintiffs of pending litigation with the City of Searcy concerning this very issue.

Therefore, I am denying your request.

Should you have any questions or comments, please do not hesitate to contact our Attorney Buck Gibson at 501.268.8220.

Sincerely,

Mayor Belinda LaForce

401 West Arch Avenue

Searcy, AR 72143

PH: 501-268-2483

Fax: 501-279-1050

blaforce@cityofsearcy.org

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To: blaforce@cityofsearcy.org; gniblock@niblocklaw.com
CC: pmeads@cityofsearcy.org
Subject: Re: Council Agenda
From: bgibson@millargibson.com
Date: Wed, 7 Oct 2009 15:22:30 +0000

Greg:

I am in court in Wash. Co. This AM. What is the best way to contact you on this?
Buck C. Gibson — This message was sent from a BlackBerry handheld wireless device

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From: oz_in_searcy@hotmail.com
To: bgibson@millargibson.com
Subject: RE: Council Agenda
Date: Wed, 7 Oct 2009 16:39:01 +0000

Buck:

Well…..  you can call the office at 501-368-9800 or my cell at 870-830-2473.

I do not intend to attack the Honorable Mayor or the Council…  just would like the opportunity to give some insight as to a good number of citizens’ view of what action the council should consider taking on the Advertising and Promotion legislation and the rational behind their view.

The Mayor’s stance would prohibit any political speech, expression or discussion of citizens and the Council relative to the A & P measure to only political speech, expression or discussion supportive of the A & P Measure, which seems violative of the 1st Amendment and any ideal of fair dealing.

All I would like to do is address the Council and articulate the views (in a very respectfully way) of a large number of Searcy Citizens and the Rational behind these views and then make a simple plea that the Council consider calling an election.

I give you my word that I will not scream, I will not use demeaning words against the Mayor or any Council Member, I will not question the council (other than pose rhetorical questions when making the plea to the council) I will merely articulate the Citizens views, rational, make a plea…. then sit down.

I would respectfully request the Mayor re-consider her position on this important matter and place me on the Agenda for the purposes indicated above.

Thanks
Greg Niblock


Buck….   Sorry, I think I left out a word in the 3rd paragraph of the e-mail.  It should read as follows:

The Mayor’s stance would prohibit any political speech, expression or discussion of citizens and the Council contrary to the A & P measure and only allow supportive political speech, expression or discussion of the A & P Measure, which seems violative of the 1st Amendment and any ideal of fair dealing.

Additionally, (I know you know how to find it, but for your convenience), here is the First Amendment of the United States Constitution

Congress shall make no law respecting an establishment of religion, or prohibiting the free exercise thereof; or abridging the freedom of speech, or of the press; or the right of the people peaceably to assemble, and to petition the government for a redress of grievances.

This request is merely to peaceably petition the City Council for redress of a grievance.

City Clerk/Treasurer, Peggy Meads, advises that I am on the Agenda.

I will see you Tuesday at the City Council Meeting.

Thanks

Greg Niblock


From The Patriot:

Friends, this is a call to action!  These establishment politicians will stop at nothing to force their agenda down the throats of Searcy citizens.  Have you had enough yet?

The Arkansas Patriot is a conservative organization dedicated to equipping citizens with the truth, insuring transparent government, and encouraging citizens to question their government boldly.  The editor can be reached at arkansaspatriot@gmail.com.  Readers can also follow The Patriot on Twitter and Facebook.

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