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County Commissioners’ Court

In the County Courthouse Building, second floor (metal detector, security). Curved, raised seating for the 5 commissioners, with two lower desks attached to the side for assistants of some kind (taking minutes, I believe). Podium at front for people presenting information. Other seating is flip-down, padded chairs. Attended: April 9, 2013 Okay so these types … Continue reading

City University – Live {here} & Learn

A 9-month program, run by the City of Abilene in order to introduce citizens to how the city works behind-the-scenes. City University meets for one five-hour period each month in the afternoon/evening from September through May. “Students” commit to attend at least 7 of the “classes” in order to “graduate.” About twenty-five of us met for … Continue reading

Civic Center Goings-On

The Civic Abilene board meeting on April 9th was very short, lasting only about 15 minutes. I was greeted and several times offered beverages and a piece of pound cake from a table of refreshments to the side of a rectangle of long tables set up for board members, in the middle of what is … Continue reading

What County Commissioners Do

What do County Commissioners do? Good question. I didn’t have a clue, and neither did some others I talked to. Many thanks to head commissioner or Judge, Downing Bolls for taking time to help provide the following information: To start with, county government is an extension of the State Legislature, established in the mid-1800’s to … Continue reading

Parks & Recreation Board Meeting

Attended:  Tuesday, April 9th, 2013. Board members greeted one another with a lot of warmth when entering the room, there were bottles of water and personalized nameplates at each place around the basic-style conference table. Meets in an unassuming room in the Community Service Department building, 633 Walnut Street. Leroy, the representative from the Senior Center … Continue reading

Kirby Park – To Sell or Not To Sell

As you can see, the park appears neglected maintenance-wise, and is surrounded by industrial businesses. I’m always looking for some pretty nature to sit and look at while I enjoy some lunch in my car occasionally, and this little tucked-away park seems nice for that. Too bad it’s developed a bad reputation, and is perhaps … Continue reading

Teen Court

Attended:  April 8, 2013. When I arrived most young people and guardians were already there waiting, as instructions say to arrive early at 4:45. The chairs and standing room around the walls of a small waiting area, and down a hallway inside a second waiting area were full. Immediately inside the door of the building, … Continue reading

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