Mayor Laforce DENIES Citizen’s Request to Speak to Council

Mr. Myhan, a contributor to The Patriot, sent a request to the City Clerk to be on the agenda for the next Searcy City Council meeting.  The following includes his email and the Mayor’s response–think it would hold up in court?

In September, Judge Tom Hughes ruled that the City of Searcy illegally denied the Searcy Friends of Voters’ petitions to have the A&P Tax placed on the ballot.   Nonetheless, the city is still refusing to set the election date.

Friends, the battle for liberty is here and now.  We have laws for a reason.  It is time we demanded that our elected officials stop stomping on the state constitution and the city code.

It is time to call your Alderman and tell them to set the election date–find their contact information by clicking here. Not sure what Ward you live in?  Click here for a map of Searcy.

Also, show up to the City Council meeting, this Tuesday night, November 10th, at 7 p.m.  The meeting will be held at City Hall on Arch Street.



Sent: Thursday, November 05, 2009 11:49 AM
To: Peggy Meads
Subject: Re: City Council meeting 11/10/09Mrs. Meads,

The topic is a private citizen’s perspective on the A&P Tax.  Also, I
was under the impression that the Council had the final say on approval
of the agenda, but perhaps I was mistaken.  Would you mind referring me
to the city ordinance that specifies that the Mayor has final say on the
agenda? Thank you very much.
Garret Myhan


From: “Belinda Laforce” <>
Date: Thu, 5 Nov 2009 12:55:51
To: <>
Cc: Peggy Meads<>; aldermen<>; Buck Gibson<>

Subject: FW: City Council meeting 11/10/09Mr. Myhan,
Thank you for your interest in City Government.  Your request to be
included on our City Council agenda is denied.  The subject matter for
which you wish to speak is regarding the Advertising and Promotion Tax
issue which the City is currently involved in litigation concerning.
Our attorney has advised that this subject matter is not appropriate for
discussion during regular Council sessions.  The City Council has the
authority to add an item to the agenda if approved by vote of the
Council during the meeting.  City Council meetings are not public
hearings and they are for the purpose of attending to items of business.
The City held a public hearing on this issue earlier.  However, if you
wish to make known your opinions or concerns you may do so by contacting
the aldermen via email, regular mail, or telephone.  Their contact
information may be found on the City’s website

Mayor Belinda LaForce
401 West Arch Avenue
Searcy, AR  72143
PH: 501-268-2483
Fax: 501-279-1050

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