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TML meeting follows ‘safari’ theme
by Tim Delaney
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Sally Crofutt receives a monogrammed gift from Refugio County Chamber of Commerce President Lenny Anzaldua on Friday, June 21, during the quarterly meeting of the Texas Municipal League. Crofutt was the guest speaker at the event.
Tim Delaney photo Sally Crofutt receives a monogrammed gift from Refugio County Chamber of Commerce President Lenny Anzaldua on Friday, June 21, during the quarterly meeting of the Texas Municipal League. Crofutt was the guest speaker at the event.
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REFUGIO – Executive Manager of the Fennessey Ranch Sally Crofutt outlined the “safari” she and ranch owner Brien Dunn experienced as they built up a successful eco-ranch.

Crofutt was the guest speaker at the quarterly meeting of the Texas Municipal League on Friday, June 21.

Crofutt revealed “real things that happened” such as Dunn getting on his knees to persuade visitors to buy tickets.

Crofutt had built up birding at the ranch and had developed hummingbird tours.

She said Montana folks heard Dunn and Crofutt knew what they were doing and wanted the information. So flights were arranged.

Also, she described staying in a little bunk house with Dunn. The quarters were tight, but they managed through it.

All in all, the efforts paid off, and the result is a successful ranch that attracts eco-tourism from all over.

Also, TML board member C.J. Wax, mayor of Rockport, urged members to be aware of Senate Bill 656, which requires additional duties when preparing budgets, including a record vote.

Two workshop sessions prior to the quarterly meeting involved what the Coastal Bend Council of Government offers and basic information on annexation.

John Buckner, Coastal Bend COG director, said the organization is looking for ways to help veterans.

Planned is to coordinated a lot of services and provide that information to veterans. The idea is to make veterans aware of what is available.

Buckner added that the CBCOG continues its successful and popular old American programs.

Also, Scott Houston, deputy director and TML general counsel, gave a basic overview of annexation processes.

He said annexation is not a property rights issue.

He said that annexation is a money and intergovernmental relations issue.

Two types of cities – general law and home rule – have the ability to annex.

General law cities, usually those under 5,000 population, must follow the state’s standards for annexation.

And general law cities cannot annex unless the property owner wants to be annexed.

Home rule cities – those that have made their own laws under a city charter – are usually 5,000 and more population.

Home rule cities have the authority to annex.

Houston said it isn’t that hard. A city has to prepare a service plan for the area wanted for annexation (can’t reduce services provided in the city) and conduct two public hearings.

More information can be found at www.tml.org.

TML President John Monaco, mayor of the city of Mesquite, thanked Refugio for hosting the meeting.

“Small cities are the backbone of the TML,” he said.

He said more than 70 percent of the membership has fewer than 5,000 population.

He said the TML affords a voice for those small rural towns to maintain control over their cities.

“None of us is as good as all of us,” he said.

Monaco reiterated Refugio’s motto.

“Truly, you have a small town with a big heart,” he said.

The next quarterly TML meeting will be held in Aransas Pass on Sept. 12.

Also, numerous door prizes were given to those in attendance thanks to many donors in the community. Just about everybody in attendance won a prize.

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