Council honors former Mayor Martinez
by Gary Kent
Jun 08, 2013 | 2347 views | 0 0 comments | 26 26 recommendations | email to a friend | print
BEEVILLE – Former Beeville Mayor Santiago “Jimbo” Martinez was singled out Tuesday, May 28, at the regular meeting of the City Council.

Martinez was presented with a proclamation thanking him for his leadership and his work ethic during his four-year term as the city’s mayor.

“He has a love for this community that I’ve not seen in a lifetime,” said the new mayor, David Carabajal.

Carabajal said Beeville residents saw many improvements in facilities, services and in its economy between 2009 and 2013, while Martinez was presiding over the City Council.

“His legacy is firmly cemented in this community,” Carabajal said.

The new mayor was joined by other council members including new Mayor Pro Tem Libby Spires, new Councilman George P. “Trace” Morrill, III and Councilman John Fulghum in congratulating Martinez for his service to the community.

Martinez thanked the voters of Ward 2 for giving him the privilege to serve them on the City Council.

He also thanked his family for tolerating his absences during his tenure as the head of the City Council.

“Just last week, I was able to take my kids to a movie on a weekday,” Martinez said.

Council members then witnessed the swearing in of Emily Espinoza as the new deputy city secretary.

Espinoza is replacing Kristine Horton as the deputy to City Secretary Barbara Treviño. Horton, transferred to the city’s finance department.

In other business, the council voted to:

— Take no action a street closing request in the 400 block of West Carter Street for a “2012 Mini Youth Spectacular” on June 15. The council will entertain that request again at its June 11 meeting.

— Table a request from the city staff to consider entering a contract with Hudson Energy to keep electricity costs down before electric providers begin increasing rates this year.

— Appoint Fulghum and Morrill to establish an application form for citizens interested in serving on city boards and commissions.

— Authorize the use of city street maintenance funds for the purchase of paving material and tack oil for this summer’s seal coating program. The material, including transportation expenses, is expected to cost $15,300.

Council members were also informed that the city’s wastewater treatment facilities at Moore Street and at the Chase Field Industrial and Airport Complex are nearing capacity.

Ballí said the city must have a plan in place for expansion of the facilities by the time they reach 75 percent of capacity. She told the council that the city’s engineering firm of record, Urban Engineering of Corpus Christi, already has prepared a preliminary plan for that expansion.
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