Request Sent To Governor Perry
For Special Election
LION PITCHER AARON MITCHELL is somewhere at the bottom of this pile of bodies after throwing a no-hitter Friday night at Lion Field against the Riesel Indians. Mitchell faced the minimum 21 batters in the seven-inning game, which the Lions won by a 6-0 margin. Pick up a hard copy of The Teague Chronicle and read the related story on page 2B. (Photo courtesy of Melissa Johnson Photography)
A resolution authorizing a request to be sent to Governor Rick Perry to order a special election on a nonuniform election date to fill two vacancies on the Teague City Council was approved by a 3-0 vote during the Teague City Council?s regularly scheduled meeting held Tuesday evening, April 16th.
The resolution included, if needed, the authority for the Mayor to circulate a petition and submit the same to the Freestone County Commissioners Court to order a special election on a nonuniform date to fill the two vacancies, created by the resignations of David Huffman and Garlan Steed.
The council tried to avoid the need for the special election but could not get a four council member quorum together before the April 10th cut-off date to add the vacant seats to the upcoming May 11th uniform election. With just three council members serving on the five-member board, a quorum cannot be established at any special meetings, which require a super majority (four out of five council members be present). The Austin Law Firm of Allen Bojorquz and Associates is handling the request to the Governor on behalf of the City of Teague. Texas Local government code requires an election be held if two or more vacancies on the governing body exist at the same time.
With the recent resignation of City Administrator Vince DiMaggio, council members went into executive session to discuss the possible appointment of City Secretary Judy Keally as Interim City Administrator and the search for a new City Administrator. Upon opening the meeting back to the public, a unanimous vote approved Keally for an indefinite period of time as Interim City Administrator, along with a $10 per hour pay increase.
In action prior to the executive session, Council members Marie Hertenberger, Chris Nickleberry and Terry Gibson approved a motion authorizing mayor Earnest Pack to conduct all city business necessary for the daily operation of the city in the event a quorum of the board of Aldermen can not be established.
Council member also appointed Hertenberger as Mayor Pro-Tem, and as a member of the EDC Board of Directors.
An ordinance rescinding an ordinance giving the City Administrator authority to carry out routine personnel and employment functions, including appointment and removal of employees was approved by a 3-0 vote.
Council members took action to rescind a motion from December 4th of last year to place the supervision of the Teague EDC under the City Administrator and also adopted a resolution to remove all names from all bank account except for Mayor Park, Interim City Administrator Keally, and Mayor Pro-Tem Hertenburger.
The Council approved an interlocal agreement with the City of Fairfield for spraying for mosquitoes and heard reports from the Pubic Works, Public Utilities, and Police Department prior ot the meeting adjourning.