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Brady City Manager Dale Brown outlined specific, documented violations by Mudualistic, LLC, of their lease agreement with the City of Brady in a letter to company owner Bennett Siebert. The letter enumerating these violations is dated February 23, 2013. A copy was sent to the Brady City Council.

Mudualistic is the developer of the problem-plagued ATV Park project located next to Simpson Lake Club at Brady Lake. Community opposition to this project has been vocal and persistent since its inception. BBN published the reasons in an article entitled "City of Brady ATV Park Opposition - Three Reasons" in November, 2011. Numerous articles have appeared since that time and a court case to halt development is still pending before the state Court of Appeals. Questions have also been raised about EDC funding of this non-industrial project.

Mr. Brown mentions violation of state law, hunting on city property, extracting water from Brady Lake, harvesting timber, failure to report and remit money due, ADA non-compliance and failure to provide contact information in his four page letter. In closing, Mr. Brown reiterates that previous verbal agreements with the city are not binding and simply do not exist under the law.

Mr. Brown warns that failure to remedy these violations within 30 days may lead to termination of the lease between the City of Brady and Mudualistic.

Tax Payers for Sensible Government (TPSG) spokesman Tom Swearingen announced late Monday the Political Action Committee (PAC) will kick off the May 11 election campaign with two ads that will run weekdays on KNEL radio  March 12 thru March 22.

The May 11 ballot will be lengthy with over 20 candidates and propositions for voters to decide. As the campaign progresses, TPSG and BBN will try to inform voters about everything on the ballot.

Incumbent City Council members Missi Davis (Place 5) and Brendan Weatherman (Place 4) filed for re-election. Both will have opponents, giving Brady citizens an opportunity to change the character of the City Council if they choose.

Running against Brendan Weatherman for Place 4 is long-time Brady resident Jack Turk.

Opposing Missi Davis for Place 5 are Latricia Doyle, Gabe Moreno and Anthony Groves.

The Election is scheduled for May 11, 2013. The last day for new voters to register and vote in this election will be April 11, thirty days before the election.

Mayor Gail Lohn called a special City Council session for 5:30 PM, Monday, January 28 to review recommendations of the Charter Review Commission. The Mayor appeared at the Commission meeting on January 14 and surprised both the commission and observers by her behavior and comments. She angrily told the Commission they were only to work on Charter provisions identified by the Mayor and Council. She stated, “this work is going nowhere”. She also hammered them for presenting recommendations that would clearly establish the City Manager as the chief operating officer for the City; she expects to function as the chief executive officer. The Mayor wants to increase the 20% recall percentage to a super majority of 66.7%; this proposal would limit voters’ ability to recall bad Mayors and Councilmen.

Read more: Charter Review Commission - Mayor Claims Omnipotence

The Tax Payers for Sensible Government (TSPG) Recall Committee collected 297 registered Brady voter signatures on a petition to recall Mayor Gail Lohn and 285 on a second petition to force the City Council to meet after work hours. Working under a short time deadline, TSPG members were able to collect more than the required 250 signatures and deliver them to City Secretary Christy Badilla by 5:00 PM Friday, Jan 25.

Once the signatures are verified as Brady registered voters, the two issue will appear on the May 11 city election ballot along with candidate names for the two open positions on the Brady City Council.

Candidates for the two City Council positions up for election must file before 5:00 PM Friday, March 1, 2013 to have their names on the ballot.

TPSG Candidate Committee Chairman Jim Wright is actively seeking candidates to run for the two City Council positions that are up for re-election. Several possible candidates have indicated an interest.

The TPSG Committee on City Charter, Comprehensive Plan and Ordinances organized and identified two important issues that were being considered by the City Charter Review Commission. The council will consider and act on Charter amendments in Special Session on Monday, January 28.

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