What Goodyear Officials Are Saying (Stipp)

This one is from Stipp to his sister (I am told) Jewel White (disingenuous, yes, especially when they address each other as “Bill Stipp, City Councilman” and “Mrs. White” but here it is anyway).  I’ve asked the city attorney what laws Stipp is referring to that do not allow him to comment but have not received a reply;

— In pebblecreek@yahoogroups.com, “The White House” <laruewhite2@…> wrote:
> To All Pebblecreek
> I sent an email to Bill Stipp,City Councilman, and this is the response I
> received regarding the prison discussion.
> Jewel White
> From: “Bill Stipp” <bill.stipp@…>
> To: “The White House” <laruewhite2@…>
> Cc: “John F. Fischbach” <John.Fischbach@…>; “Georgia Lord”
> <Georgia.Lord@…>
> Sent: Thursday, August 11, 2011 8:24 PM
> Subject: Perryville Prison
> Mrs. White,
> Thank you for contacting me about the Perryville Prison expansion proposal.
> I understand that it is frustrating to you that no one from the City of
> Goodyear was present. I know that the council being on break can appear as
> though we are not engaged in the situation or that there is some level of
> apathy on our behalf. I can assure you that is not the case. I had a
> previous commitment to speak on behalf of the city at the Community
> Development Advisory Committee at the County regarding a request for a
> federal HUD grant, which was approved during that meeting.
> Although several council members are out of the area while council is
> officially on break, city staff has been working diligently on details,
> proposals and concerns regarding the Perryville Prison matter. They have
> reached out to our legislators, the Governor’s office, the Department of
> Corrections, the GEO group, and others. The city attorney has had
> discussions with the state attorney general about concerns, details and
> objections regarding the selection of the site for the proposed expansion.
> The city manager has also had discussions about the location with the
> Department of Corrections and is aware of the situation, as well. Staff is
> looking into all aspects and objections raised by the city’s residents about
> the proposed expansion. They are actively working every angle to better
> understand the proposal to expand Perryville.
> It’s important to understand that the law prohibits council members from
> expressing opinions on the matter until after the public hearings have taken
> place. The public hearings were the beginning of the process, which will
> allow council to reach a consensus. The Perryville Prison expansion
> proposal will be on the agenda of the Council’s August 22 meeting as a
> business item for discussion and possible action. At that time, city staff’s
> recommendations will be presented to council.
> I truly appreciate the fact that you’ve made a point to contact me about
> your concerns, objections and expectations regarding the prison. Rest
> assured, I share your concerns. Goodyear is a wonderful city with great
> promise for the future. I will convey your concerns to all of the people
> involved in the decision-making process. Although I was not able to attend
> the Wednesday night meeting, I understand the frustrations and worries that
> were voiced there.
> The city is working hard and putting every effort into representing the
> citizens’ best interests and serious concerns. The process is not fast, and
> it can be a difficult road. I assure you, your voices are being heard and
> your objections are being taken to heart.
> I encourage you to contact the Department of Corrections and our state
> legislators and share your worries, your objections, and your concerns.
> Although it may take time, I will do my very best to keep you posted and let
> you know more details as they develop.
> Bill Stipp, Councilmember
> Office of the Mayor and Council
> 190 N Litchfield Rd
> Goodyear, AZ 85338
> 623-606-7389
> bill.stipp@…
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