April 28, 2014 the Collin County Commissioner Court took up business from the prior week’s meeting to hear citizen comments and discuss the proposed Memorandum of Understanding (MOU)* from the Bureau of Land Management (BLM) working in conjunction with the Bureau of Indian Affairs (BIA), both of whom operate within the U.S. Department of the Interior. The proposed MOU addressed to Collin County Judge Keith Self specifically addresses 40,000 acres of land, minerals, and other “cultural resources” to be “analyzed” at Lake Lavon which are reportedly claimed to be under the jurisdiction of the BLM and the BIA. This Collin resident disagrees. Water, next to oxygen, being the most precious natural resource to the human body, renders Lake Lavon Reservoir as the most precious land resource of Collin County residents, and those residents’ needs precede any Environmental Impact Statement or U.N. agreement.
The County Judge and Commissioners pleased the constituents in attendance to Monday’s Court with strong attitudes and statements that the People and the Court have a lack of trust at the federal level, giving hope that our Commissioners will draw that line in the sand like many great American leaders and other individuals have in the past. But the hope waned as the meeting proceeded.
The good news is, the Corps of Engineers (COE) owns the 40K acres in question at the lake, and is the majority stakeholder at the table, not the BLM and BIA. The bad news is, the COE is also a federally funded branch of the U.S. Dept. of Defense just as the BLM and BIA are under the U.S. Dept. of Interior. What are the chances that a minority stakeholder such as the Collin County Commissioner Court will make a strong impression against the products of our modern day Washington D.C.? Answer; very little, as was openly admitted by the Court. If approved by the Court as the agreement is worded, the Court would appoint one representative to the table with the BLM, BIA, and COE, with the Court having the smallest stakeholder interest, and the COE having the largest. The Court would have a seat, but no vote.
Did the Court sign the agreement as a “Cooperating Agency?
Acknowledging the validity of the BLM and BIA’s proposal, the Court voted to sign the agreement: 4-1 (Mark Reid dissenting), with an amendment omitting the description of the County as “Cooperating Agency” and inserting the descriptive words as “participating agency”, and return it to the BLM. The Court acknowledged that this will not change their status in this un-constitutional process but they want to know what the government is doing in these non-public, closed door meetings, while it is in process – not after the fact. Collin’s one seat at the table would allow them to offer input and be able to attend “six Cooperating Agency meetings over the first twelve to fifteen months of the planning process, with an additional three to four meetings over the following year”. Essentially this is a two year process.
North Texas Municipal Water District is not invited.
The Court was also advised that the Corps of Engineers (COE) was invited and will participate in the plan update, but the North Texas Municipal Water District (NTMWD) was not invited. The Court with good reason found this odd. The NTMWD provides regional water treatment and delivery from Lake Lavon, wastewater treatment, and solid waste disposal services to more than 1.6 million residents in the North Texas service area including all of Collin County. A press release dated March 28, 2014 announced Brigadier General Thomas W. Kula to be replacing Jim Parks as Executive Director of the NTMWD. Mr. Parks served very well for 32 years on the NTMWD board. The timing of this changing of the guard at the NTMWD is curious to those watching this play out… http://texaswateroperators.com/brig-gen-thomas-w-kula-to-lead-north-texas-municipal-water-district-as-new-executive-director/ – or this link…
Also of interest is the policy change by the COE relative to North Texas parks in 2013…
→North Texas Parks at Risk After Army Corps of Engineers Policy Change
Who gains in a closed door meeting?
When the federal government meets behind closed doors, someone at the table stands to gain personally and/or it means trouble for those governed. Look at the Harry Reid family interests connected with the Nevada Bundy ranch raid in March.
Texas Government Code – Open Meetings, 551.077.
AGENCY FINANCED BY FEDERAL GOVERNMENT.
This chapter does not require an agency financed entirely by federal money to conduct an open meeting.
Since the planning BLM/BIA/COE meetings are NOT open to the public, there will be no public daylight on the 2 years of proceedings.
What is this really all about?
This Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) is all about complying with the dictates in the June 1992 document titled “- United Nations Conference on Environment and Development, Sustainable Development – AGENDA 21”. It is not a coincidence that the last Texas Resource Management Plan is dated 1996, 4 years after the UN’s 1992 Agenda 21 conference.
The 1996 Texas Resource Management Plan states:
“This plan effects the management of Federal resources within the planning area for the next 20 years”.
So, here it is 18 years later. This is really about the 1996 Plan Update, and not the “annual EIS update” as the letter from the BLM to Judge Self claims. The proceedings concerning the 40K acres at Lake Lavon will take 2 years, putting this “updated” plan right on target with the 1996 proposed 20 year update.
The Commissioner Court should note that the Texas 1996 Resource Management Plan does NOT include the Bureau of Indian Affairs – not even once in its 144 pages. This is worth noting because the Bureau of Indian Affairs (BIA) is operating in conjunction with the federal BLM in the current proposed agreement before the County Commissioner Court. Their signature is found below the BLM’s. This agreement is with the BLM and the BIA and the 4 page MOU mentions the BIA 20+ times. As of this posting, the only BIA land that was readily identifiable in Texas is 4,600 acres of timberland near Livingston, Texas in Polk County, not Collin County. Do Texans not already provide food, clothing, shelter, education, and medical care to non-U.S. citizens and illegal aliens in this state? We’re currently losing a property rights battle on our Mexican border. Are we now to recognize descendants of the Native American Indians and invite their casinos into Texas along with their toll roads owned by the Indian Nation?
The BLM newsletter dated November of last year, lists six (6) public “Open Houses” that have already occurred in Texas relative to this “Plan update”. These included within one week, in December of last year:
1. Wichita Falls (Dec 11)
2. Fort Worth (Dec 12)
3. Houston (Dec 17)
4. Livingston (Dec 18)
5. Lufkin (Dec 19)
And Amarillo in January (Jan 9)
Referring to the BLM letter to Judge Self, the 3rd paragraph states:
“Local and tribal governments, other agencies, and the public have participation opportunities such as attending public meetings, and reviewing and commenting on plan documents.”
As Commissioner Hill stated at the April 21st Court meeting, “unless we sign the agreement we [the commissioners] are not allowed into the secret meetings [that prepare the plan]”.
Therefore, the public meetings are scheduled after the plan has been drawn, thereby rendering any public input to be of minimal influence
This Collin resident does not understand, and therefore does not trust this federal body that disregards the right of the taxpayer and stakeholders (being the Collin Commissioner Court, and private property owners), and meets in secret away from stakeholder oversight without honoring the posting of public meetings 72 hours in advance, as do legislative and advisory bodies in Texas. The BLM Newsletter states:
“Public input on issues related to these decisions is essential and encouraged.”
..and yet, in order to attend the “private meetings” of the BLM, BIA, & COE a signed agreement must precede any significant participation by Collin County. Where’s the transparency on this BLM and BIA?
There were roughly 2 dozen citizens present at Monday’s Commissioner Court meeting with an eye on this proposed MOU. That’s roughly 24 times the number of citizens that attended the Court’s discussion of the MOU the previous week. Ten residents spoke Monday before the Court and the Judge read aloud the statement of another citizen.
If Satan pulled up next to you at a stop light and offered to give you a glimpse of how he planned to exploit the second arrival of Christ on earth, would you take that ride so you could warn your loved ones? North Texans are gambling with the devil.