On Oct. 13, two residents took a moment to share separate concerns to the Blythe City Council during the officials’ regular monthly meeting.
“I’ve brought five copies of some things I’d like to pass to you guys. I should have brought another one since you have a fireman here; he wouldn’t like this,” stated David Good, of Cathedral City – who stated he also has a place in Blythe. “It’s concerning your city not inspecting projects that people pull permits on and leaving widowed ladies with fire hazards.”
After being told by Blythe Mayor Dale Reynolds the respective portion of the meeting he was trying to speak on was open for public comment on items specific to the consent calendar – and that he could wait towards later in the meetings’ public comment to speak on what he had – Good stated:
“I’ll pass because the cities that do that are always trying to hide things; they figure people get tired if they’re not going to listen to what you folks are doing to their city. I left this city nearly 50 years ago – and this is bad. I’ll just take it up with the state and attorney generals’ office.”
Reynolds thanked Good, who left the meeting directly after.
Additionally, Blythe local Debra Powels offered comment during the according close of the meetings’ call to the public.
“Allow me to start off by saying: the city of Blythe does not belong to a panel of five men. But it does belong to the people. Everybody in the city is important; from the haves to the have nots. The people of this city are important; and their opinions do matter. Now, as I proceed in saying, I should not be standing here before you this evening with this conversation. When I asked to be put on the agenda, I should have been treated like everyone else. And I should have been put on the agenda,” stated Powels. “I am a citizen of Blythe, California, for over 50 years. I am a taxpayer; I am a business owner – and I would hope that I suffer no repercussions after leaving this evening. On June the 11th, at 8:22 a.m., I submitted a request to the mayor – Mayor Dale Reynolds – with pictures of a multi-million dollar idea that the city would facilitate with minimal costs, but a harvest of wealth. I also wrote it up, described it in details of the project – (a) multi-million dollar item – for the casino, the best location, benefits, (benefits for) other businesses without losing one dime of revenue; but the city could gain hundreds of thousands, or millions, without coming out of their pocket with one dime. Our streets, our small businesses, and our Fairgrounds should be assets not liabilities. Without putting a hardship on the taxpayers for more tax money that would tax the citizens. Thank you; and at this time I would like to be put on the next agenda.”
In response to a Times follow-up inquiry on the comments made by Good and Powels, the City of Blythe stated:
“During City Council meetings there is ample opportunity for members of the public to provide comment. As limited discussion may be held on items not appearing on the publicly noticed agenda, time is provided for citizens to make those comments after all business items have been discussed and public comment provided.”