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Council to name committee to find alternate water supply
by Gary Kent
Jun 03, 2013 | 1433 views | 0 0 comments | 20 20 recommendations | email to a friend | print
BEEVILLE – City Council members are expected to appoint up to 15 members to a blue ribbon committee which will study a possible alternative water supply for the city and ways to finance its development.

Council members voted unanimously to make those appointments at their June 11 meeting.

They also asked that members of the Beeville Water Supply District board of directors appoint two persons to sit on the committee.

The action came following extensive discussion on how many members to appoint to the committee and to see if other entities in the county have the right to make appointments.

Mayor David Carabajal at first proposed that each of the five council members be allowed to appoint five persons to the committee. He also suggested that five more members be named to the body with appointments being made by governing bodies of the Bee County Chamber of Commerce, the BWSD, Beeville Independent School District, Bee Development Authority and Bee County.

Newly elected Councilman George P. “Trace” Morrill said he also had recommended that the council be allowed to “strike” one of the five committee members named by each council member.

That way, he said, the council members would have the power to remove any nominees they thought might have a conflict of interest in choosing an alternate water supply for the city.

But Carabajal said he was opposed to the idea of striking any of the nominees. He suggested that the number of appointees be limited to four for each council member.

That prompted concern from Councilwoman Libby Spires. “How big do you want the committee?” Spires asked. She said she was concerned that a large committee might not be able to have a quorum of members at each meeting and that could delay the committee’s ability to make a recommendation.

Councilman Santiago “Jimbo” Martinez agreed with Spires and asked City Attorney Frank Warner if he thought the committee would be subject to the Texas Open Meetings Act.

Warner said the committee would need to have a quorum to meet and would have to post an agenda and meet all other requirements of the TOMA.

After Spires suggested that each council member be allowed to appoint three members to the committee, Councilman John Fulghum agreed.

“Time is working against us,” Spires said, stressing the fact that the committee will need to have a recommendation for the council by sometime in July. City Manager Deborah Ballí had told the council that if another bond issue is proposed, the council would have to take action in August to get that on a November ballot for city voters.
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