City sets times, dates, places for council, bond issue voting
by Gary Kent
Apr 08, 2013 | 1314 views | 0 0 comments | 5 5 recommendations | email to a friend | print
BEEVILLE — With April’s arrival, city residents who want to vote in the May 11 election need to begin making plans.

Anyone living in the city’s five wards must be registered to vote by April 11, at least 30 days before the election is held.

Also, anyone wishing to cast a ballot by mail may already send requests for the mail ballots.

The final day for requesting a mail ballot in person will be April 26. But the ballots must be sent to the voter’s address by mail. The mail ballots cannot be picked up in person.

City Secretary Barbara Treviño said mail ballots must be returned to City Hall, by mail, on May 11.

Voters who wish to vote early by personal appearance at City Hall may begin casting ballots on April 29. Treviño’s office will accept voters from 8 a.m. until 5 p.m. Monday, April 29, through Friday, May 3.

Then on the following Monday and Tuesday, May 6 and 7, the city secretary’s office will accept early voters by personal appearance from 8 a.m. until 8 p.m.

That will give voters who have jobs a chance to cast ballots after they leave work.

On election day, the five polling places will be open from 7 a.m. until 7 p.m.

Voters have some important decisions to make this year. Four candidates are vying for two council seats.

In Ward 1, incumbent Mike Scotten is not running for re-election. Two local men will be seeking that seat.

George P. “Trace” Morrill, III will be at the top of the ballot in that ward. The candidate is a 36-year-old attorney.

He is being challenged by former council member Randy Gale Forbes. He is a 47-year-old accountant.

In Ward 5, incumbent Libby Hitchcock Spires, 47, is running for re-election. She is a certified public accountant.

Spires is being challenged by a newcomer to city politics. Christopher Lynn Payne is a sergeant correctional officer with the Texas Department of Criminal Justice. He is 33 years old.

Every registered voter in the city will have an opportunity to vote for or against a bond issue the City Council wants to sell to develop an alternative water supply system for the city.

The majority of the $15.3 million bond issue, more than $12 million, would be spent to drill a well at the city’s water storage facility on West Cleveland Street.

The well would be located in the Jasper aquifer at a depth of between 1,500 and 1,700 feet.

About $7.4 million of that bond issue would be used to build a reverse osmosis plant at the same facility to remove most of the anticipated 1,500 parts per million of suspended solids and chlorides found in Jasper Aquifer water.

However, engineers anticipate that the city could supplement Beeville’s surface water, which is pumped from the Nueces River at the headwaters of Lake Corpus Christi, by an amount between 2 million and 3.5 million gallons a day.

The City Council has scheduled its next town hall meeting on the proposed bond sale for 6 p.m. Tuesday, April 16, at the city’s event center, 111 E. Corpus Christi St.
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