By Michael G. Maness
CHESTER – Chester Mayor Floyd Petri led the passing of their “Second Amendment Education Ordinance” at their regular meeting Monday evening, March 2 that had been deferred from the previous council meeting for the members to review.
The ordinance was a “defensive measure” said Petri, to protect citizens should any be sued or otherwise burdened. As written, it is “intended to educate anyone” on the amendment’s true meaning of “right of the people to keep and bear Arms” that “shall not be infringed.” Including definitions, it clarified that the Second Amendment of the Constitution was not merely about “hunting and self-defense” but to “keep the Federal Government under control by the people” and if necessary, a well-regulated militia for the “security of a free state.” It stressed that any lawmaker, senator, or representative that submits any legislation on “gun control” or “illegal seizure” of a gun “not used in a crime” will be considered a “violation” of the lawmaker’s “oath of office,” and it therefore asks that that lawmaker “be impeached and removed from office.” If that cannot be done, the ordinance asks for a recall election.
A motion was made, seconded, and all present voted to pass the ordinance.
New Chester resident Robert Poynter was present and voiced his support for the ordinance yet spoke to how it was regrettable to have such conversations. Poynter was also present as chaplain for the organization Oath Keepers, a group of former and current law officers, military and first responders, that supports the Bill of Rights as “inalienable,” even “from God,” he said.
Poynter brought a concern about the holes in the side streets. Petri canvased the council members, City Secretary Annette Hickman, and Director of Public Works Dale Clamon on granting citizens material to fill street holes on their own. Given that the city has no employed street crew, and with the affirmation of the council and employees, Petri granted Poynter access to the material for him to fill holes in the street himself, and Petri further granted other citizens the same access “if they ask first” Hickman or Clamon, that is, if they ask the city “first.”
Petri asked Kimberly Glawson to come forward, and he awarded her a certificate of appreciation from the city for her contributions to the city’s and county’s citizens. She is president of IServe365 that helps people in several counties with all kinds of material aid. Poynter even reflected upon her recent help to his home. And she gave the city that evening a large box of Duracell batteries.
Petri asked Clamon to come forward, and he gave Clamon an Employee of the Month Award.
Petri informed the council on a gathering called by Tyler County Judge Jacques Blanchette for all mayors, hospital administrators, and school administrators on Mar. 4 at the Nutrition Center to help pass the word on the county’s readiness and plans should the Coronavirus become a threat here. Petri plans to go and will keep the city informed.
In regular business, the council passed the minutes of the previous meeting and the current financials. Councilman Doug Hughes, as designee for past due accounts, supported the lock-out of meters of past-due accounts, and Petri requested that the order of lock-out should start with those with the greatest delinquency.