“You Can’t Please Everyone”

Community Forum

Take Back Enterprise held a community forum on Monday night, 8/24/15, attended by over 100 folks where the vision and purpose of the organization was shared and questions were asked and answered. Since the meeting was pretty well covered by local news media from Dothan and Enterprise I had not planned on writing about it. Continue reading “You Can’t Please Everyone”

My Community Perspective – August 2015

I wrote about the first Take Back Enterprise community forum a couple of months ago in Wake Up Enterprise. I just received notification a couple of days ago about the follow-up to that meeting which is now scheduled for Monday, August 24, 2015 at 6:00 PM at the Econo Lodge on Glover Avenue in Enterprise.

366 days from this date, 8/23/16, is Election Day in Enterprise.

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Add this to your calendar and get out and learn what Take Back Enterprise is all about. If you were at the first meeting come back and see the progress made in the last couple of months and bring a friend or two or three so they can learn too.

Meeting Format

If you were not at the first meeting there will be a presentation by Turner and Michael explaining exactly what Take Back Enterprise is and what it isn’t with updates since the first meeting. They will want to hear from you as well. YOUR questions and input are welcome. It will probably last about an hour, maybe an hour and a half.


UPDATE – August 2016 – Since the publication of this post Take Back Enterprise has now become Everyone’s Enterprise. Since this meeting is now in the past you can see the entire meeting at this link – Take Back Enterprise Community Forum – 8/24/2015


Letter to the Editor

I posted the letter to the editor below a couple of weeks ago in the Southeast Sun but could not share the actual links there. Links don’t work in the hard copy of a newspaper, so I wanted to share them here so you can click on the link and go take a look at some of the new information now available at the City of Enterprise web site.


More City Information Now Available Online

This letter is to commend and thank the Enterprise City Council, City Clerk, website administrator and technicians and any others who had a hand in the improvements and additional information now available at the city website. If you have not visited the website lately go to http://www.enterpriseal.gov and take a look. You can now see both the formal city council meeting as well as work session minutes as far back as 2008. The 2014 City Audit is also available.

In reading the work session minutes for 5/13/15 Councilman Rhett Marques had indicated his constituents had requested the city provide more information including these minutes on their web site and it appears that request has been granted. Anyone who has read any of my blog posts know this is one of the things I have long thought would be beneficial for all. This is one positive step in that direction. I believe the information has always been available at City Hall but being able to access this online makes it much more freely accessible to anyone who wants to see it. With the negligible cost of hardware needed to make this available online there is no reason not to make all public city information available here.

I encourage all to browse, download, read and learn and become a more informed citizen.


Providing information and making it easily available is a huge part of transparency in government so any improvement in this area is welcome.

Some City Web Site Navigation Tips

Once you click on http://www.enterpriseal.gov you will see the home page as shown below (Keep in mind web sites are always changing so this is how it looks as of this date.)

Warning: The video is set to automatically start playing and does so every time you go to the home page. You may want to watch it the first time you visit the site but, if you are like me, and find this annoying, you will just have to pause it manually for subsequent visits.

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If you click on the Departments tab you will see the page below.

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You can click on the City Clerk/Treasurer Department from the page above or from the City Leadership tab as shown below. Here is where you will find the 2014 City Audit you can download and review at your convenience.

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Clicking on the City Leadership tab and then City Council from the home page will take you to the page shown below where you can see the buttons for Council Minutes, Work Session Minutes and Ordinances.

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Check it out for yourself if you want to see what is now available. It is much improved, although that Auto Play Video being turned off would be another improvement in my opinion.

My Hope, Your Choice

I hope you will choose to get involved and learn more about what is going on in our community. It is a choice and it is up to you, no one else. Checking out this information online and getting out to the Community Forum and learning more are two steps you can take now to accept your individual responsibility to become a more informed and involved citizen. Attending City Council Meetings is another way to learn. A large number of informed and involved citizens can collectively hold leaders accountable, and, if needed, make changes. You really will not know if any changes need to be made unless you are informed. My hope is you will make a choice you will not regret.

After my original publishing of this post I saw this quote in my news feed and it fits here so here it is.

Citizens Quote

Until next time…

Originally posted on Peculiar Perspective on 8/14/2015

Wake Up Enterprise!

Take Back Enterprise – Informational Meeting

A couple of weeks ago I attended an informational meeting for a new group in town. I have written about Take Back Enterprise before but at this meeting I learned more details about their vision, purpose and goals and the progress they have made so far working toward their official media launch later this summer. This post is an attempt to share some of the highlights of that meeting and how YOU can participate and help. There was far too much information shared for me to try to cover it all here. Continue reading Wake Up Enterprise!

An Eventful Year In Enterprise

350px-boll_weevil_monumentThree of my four most recent blogs began as one but I decided it would be best if I split them up to be able to cover the subjects as I really wanted to cover them. It would have been one really long blog if I hadn’t and probably wouldn’t have made much sense. I hope you think that was a good idea too.

Since I really don’t have anything new to say on this subject at the moment (subject to change at any time) I thought I would just summarize and include references to them all here for convenience in case anyone did not get a chance to see all of them or wanted to see any of them again or share them with someone else.

An Eventful Year

This post chronicles the major events as I saw them that occurred from late 2013 until early 2015, beginning with the Capital Plan created by Goodwyn, Mills & Cawood during the term of the interim superintendent, the hiring of the new superintendent, to the addendum to her contract in March this year. You can read more here An Eventful Year.

35 Days? Not Necessarily

This post focused on the 1/2 cent sales tax increase and when I believe it originated, which was well before the date it was announced to the public as an option and the best solution in June of 2014. You can read more here 35 Days? Not Necessarily.

The Silenced Majority

This post talks about the elephant in the room in Enterprise that no one seems to want to or feels they can talk about, the suppression of freedom of expression regarding issues that affect them or the gag order in place in Enterprise, however you want to characterize it. You can read more here The Silenced Majority.

Take Back Enterprise

This post was not part of that initial post but when I heard about this group I felt it fit in well with the other posts as it gives citizens a way to take action and make changes if they choose to do so. You can read more here Take Back Enterprise.

Until next time…

Originally posted on Peculiar Perspective on 4/04/2015