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5.12.2007

Hey, We Made The Paper


In a story about the downfall of the Rhome Traffic Cam, this blog got mentioned and one of the posted comments was even quoted. That's a first. Good job.

Edit: I completely overlooked this sentence in the story: "[T]he tickets start at $179, with Nestor [the company providing the camera] receiving about $25 for each one issued." Incredible. Completely incredible.

27 comments:

Anonymous said...

"It was safer for the officers," Lorance said. "And it freed officers to patrol neighborhoods."

Who is this jerk trying to fool? Didn't he fire the old Police Chief because he was spending too much time working in schools instead of writing tickets?

WTG Barry! Striking another blow for Truth, Justice and the American way!

Anonymous said...

The article never mentioned the old chief. Get a life and move on.

Anonymous said...

Our little feel good "blog" just won a grammy, when was Wise County ever published in the STAR for having good news about Rhome???

Anonymous said...

A good thing!? Nestor not being allowed to be here is the worse thing that could happen. They were there for a safety issue. They were making an impact and then the sorry Legislature shut them down.
If you would not speed, you would not have to worry about it. I think the current Council did a great thing by bringing them in.
We can only hope that the new Council will carry on the inovative thinking. Of course it seems that a couple of them are coming in promoting their own bone head agenda. The past is the past, let it go.

Anonymous said...

Nestor did nothing to slow you down... VISIBLE PATROL CARS ON THE HIGHWAY WILL DETER PEOPLE FROM SPEEDING.

Simply hiding beside the road so the speeder finds out two weeks later he was speeding does not deter speeding.

In other professions its called a scam.

Anonymous said...

5:43p/m….Nestor not being allowed to operate in Rhome is not the worst thing that could happen; the worst thing to happen is to have a lame duck council that cannot make a decision to move on!

The Highway Department has said don’t use it, the citizens of Rhome have expressed concern over the negative press over the system and now the state house and senate have said no to camera enforcement.

The mayor and council sat in meeting last Thursday, with this item on the agenda, and passed discontinuing it stating “the legislature will take care of it”. What a bunch of crap! This allows the city to retain the camera (and the revenue) if for some odd ball reason it doesn’t pass into law.

This type approach has been the downfall of this council, the inability to make a decision and is why a number of them are no longer councilmember’s. I will agree with you on one thing, there are about to be issues addressed and changes made (and that some have been a long time coming).

Anonymous said...

Sounds like 5:43 is a council member, are you the one who was running and voted to have the parade the same day as the election so you could serve sandwiches to all the voters? Good Job.

Anonymous said...

9:18 I was thinking the same thing about 5:43 lol, too funny, don't forget the fact that the council member who served sandwiches also had a sign within 100 feet of the polling place and was up there multiple times during the day. FYI that's illegal. Oh ya by the way it's already been reported to the state, wonder he will be disqualified, fined, or sent to jail?

Anonymous said...

There was a distance sign posted on the pole just outside the stone wall, and his sign was out past that, and that is legal.

Anonymous said...

I saw Brandon Davis Standing just outside that distance marker and he was handing out cards.

Anonymous said...

A safety issue? WOW! I must have missed it. I don't remember hearing about police officers in Rhome being killed or injured in traffic accidents on any nearby highways.

Anonymous said...

Re: 5:43 PM

If it was truly a safety issue, place a cop in a car in that location.

In reality, the camera was a hazard. The camera caused rock trucks, cars, and vans to slam on their brakes, slowing down to 40 in a 55 mph zone. When the speed limit changed to a 70 mph zone on 114, people still slammed on their brakes, cruising by the camera at 45 mph.

Whenever a vehicle is stopped on the side of the road, the chances of an accident increase. That set-up was causing havoc.

Anonymous said...

No I am not, nor was I, a Council candidate. I am just a concerned citizen that saw the true value in slowing people down.

If Nestor was not successful then why did people all of a sudden hit their brakes when they hit the City limits? People were learning that they had to slow down when they came through Rhome. Is that not the objective of speed enforcement?

True some through travel received tickets and were not aware of them for a week or so. However, if you are not speeding then logic dictates you will not receive a ticket. Maybe you're just sore because you got one? Then there is a solution, SLOW DOWN.

Anonymous said...

I guess DPS will have to stop using the weigh station down the road on 114. I am sure if the camera was a hazard, an RV and all of the scales are a hazard as well.

Anonymous said...

No wonder when I called city hall this morning nobody answered, at 8:22 and 8:25 they were posting!

mzchief said...

WOW!
IF the Rhome City Council is chock full of CRETINS what does that say about the intelligence of the citizens of Rhome who elected nothing but CRETINS?

The Devil said...

This would not be an issue if all roads did not lead to Rhome!

Anonymous said...

Interesting that the city paid these guys $25 per ticket issued. Why don't they take someone (anyone for that matter) to just stop cars and issue tickets!
Wait.... that would mean they need a police officer. Dang!
:-/

Anonymous said...

"The Texas Department of Transportation ordered Rhome to remove the camera"....did Rhome ever have permission to put the camera in the right-of-way in the first place??? And there is not a statute in the Texas Criminal and Traffic Law allowing Rhome to use the camera...they should be handled as civil matters not criminal but Rhome screwed that up too. And yes, Rhome is racking in the money on this illegal scam: Rhome reported to the Office of Court Administration (Austin) total revenue for December $10,659.00, January $ 11,663.00, February $24,608.00, March $118,863.00, and April $103,720.00
That's a huge jump in revenue...the State Comptroller's Office should be knocking on Rhome's door. And Rhome is paying very good tax money to pay the salary of Attorney Walt Leonard to direct the city to make decisions??!!?? And Mayor Mark Lorance says that Nestor receives $25 for each citation issued...hello..you can not charge that as State Court Cost! I'm sure that the Rhome Mayor and Council is relieved that their contract with Nestor allows them to opt out after 180 days...so is Rhome going to refund all the money made to the defendants or is the Texas State Comptrollers Office going to take it all but $1.00... Attn: Mayor Mark Lorance, looks like you have egg on your face now.

Anonymous said...

What I am amazed about is that since they fired the former chief, the income has sure come up! When you look at the city web site you can see their budget. In the 2005-06 budget they collected 220,500 in fines with 215,000 estimated for the 2006-07 budget.

But when you run a monthly activity report for December (when they got rid of the chief) until April, Rhome has collected 269,513 in revenue!

They collected in four months what they projected to collect in twelve. Another interesting point, and good salesmanship on their attorney, is the fact that 1,128 cases were “Deferred Disposition”, meaning that the monies collected were not fines, but fees for being placed on probation, so those monies do not count towards the total amount allowed by the state ( before they only get to keep $1 as previously posted).

I cannot believe that anyone could believe that that camera was about traffic safety!

Anonymous said...

to the moral majority of rhome: (which covers nearly the entire community)..why did so many of you vote for a 21 yr old girl who is unmarried AND pregnant???? that says a lot about the morals of your community! As i understand it, the father is a police officer from sansom park.(don't know this for a fact), it is just gossip like everything else that you read on here. so why is so much credence put into this page? do you even know who brought nestor to Rhome? why don't you spend some time and research this? it wasn't your mayor. i assure you

Anonymous said...

10:53....You're right I am 21 and soon to be a single mother, yes the father is a police officer but no not from Sansom Park. And even if he were it's not really any of your business what his profession is or where he works at. Oh, and by the way lots of women CHOOSE not to get married and raise families on their own. To be perfectly honest I don't care to marry. I am quite happy as is. Your comments just show how narrow-minded and unprogressive you are. Also it shows that you have nothing better to do then attack someone anonymously and not have enough balls about yourself to identify or go to that person and say it to your face.
McKenzie

Anonymous said...

Because she's hot!

Anonymous said...

8:25 am, My husband simply stated that he would not dignify this statement with a response because each person is entitled to what they want to think. However, I am appauled that anyone would try to deface him by saying he was outside the distance marker passing out cards. He was reading some cards that were given to him while I was inside voting. Next time, instead of cowardly making a statement based on your own perception, you should simply approach him and ask him yourself what he is doing. Brandon Davis is forthright and honest, which will be a good change for the Rhome City Council.

Anonymous said...

Dear sir
I recently received a citation from your city for a speeding violation. What a surprise. I guess if you can’t seem to be able to employ peace officers in sufficient numbers to protect and serve in the American tradition of law enforcement it’s probably okay in your mind to simply contract with some corporation in Rhode Island to do your job for you, via New Jersey?? Are you really proud of that? How on earth did this idea ever seem appropriate to ANYONE who wasn’t KGB in a past life. Did it ever occur to any of you that the Bush administration’s illegal wiretaps were somehow a direct assault on essential freedom oriented ideals? Do you fail to see parallels? Is whoring for corporate America what you would like to be known for? And giving them a cut of the take? Tacky, really tacky!!
Enough of my rant. I would hope you have noted the TX DOT posture on the subject, as well as that of the legislature. And the potential for abuse in this practice itself seems enough to have prompted all involved to rethink a bad idea. So after consultation with an attorney in my area who has been active in combating this abuse, I respectfully request prompt dismissal of this nefarious interstate citation, and would like to apologize to all shareholders at Nestor Corp for their imminent and well-deserved financial setback. Your pretty little city with all its beauty and charm will probably be okay in the end even without ill-gotten booty and we will all be very happy to have you remain an American asset, as opposed to the alternative (dropping the “ et “).

Sincerely,

Anonymous said...

If you drive 100 mph in the woods, and a police officer is not there to see it...

Are you still breaking the law?

Anonymous said...

A few comments about what everyone is talking about:
1) For those who do not understand the difference in TRAFFIC SAFETY and POLICE OFFICER SAFETY, if you re-read the reasons for the camera, one will see that it is for POLICE OFFICER SAFETY.
2) Now for the dope who said we should only have Police Officer Safety once one of our 'finest' has been injured or killed on the job while writing tickets, What the devil are you thinking? Do we always have to react to something rather than be Proactive? Officers do not have to be injured or killed in any particular jurisdiction to understand that it is a dangerous job. Is anyone even aware that when an emergency vehicle is on the shoulder of the road the law says the driver in the lane closest to the shoulder in question is required to either A) Slow down to 20 miles per hour Under the posted speed limit or B legally switch lanes to the inside lane?
3) For those who think that Rhome is morally bancrupt - you've not spent any significant time in this town, meeting its people.
4) Our current mayor, who will now (regretably) be starting his 7th year as Mayor seems to be leading many persons in this town as though they are blindfolded and do not see what is really happening. 6) To the Current Rhome Council Members: It is still not to late to depose him. Just as one member was deposed over the firing of the Chief Casey, a no confidence vote could be obtained against any council member not doing their job legally....all one needs to do is gather PROOF of the misdeads.