Council selects a multitude of new volunteers for water crisis committee
by Gary Kent
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BEEVILLE — City Council members appointed three members each to their committee to study the development of alternative water supplies when they met Tuesday night.

George P. “Trace” Morrill appointed John Galloway, Roy Galvan and Yvonne Dunn.

Councilman John Fulghum named Gilbert Herrera, Gary Cude and Teresa Holland.

Mayor Pro Tem Libby Spires appointed Richard Beasley, Adam Perez and Tonja Rice.

Councilman Santiago “Jimbo” Martinez named Mike Scotten, Tom Healey and Jessy T. Garza.

Mayor David Carabajal appointed Kenneth Elsbury, Tom Beasley and Orlando Vasquez.

Carabajal then said he wanted to appoint John Galloway as chairperson for the committee but Martinez argued that there was no formal action taken that would allow the mayor to appoint the chairperson.

Martinez said he would prefer to allow the committee members to make that decision.

City Attorney Frank Warner asked City Secretary Barbara Treviño to check the minutes of the meeting and see if there had been a motion passed that would allow Carabajal to appoint the chairperson.

Treviño read the minutes and reported that no such motion had been made.

Council members then discussed whether or not having a three-member quorum from the Beeville Water Supply District board would create problems.

The water board had appointed Jim Crumrine and Ronald “Buddy” Hardy to the committee and Carabajal had appointed the water board’s newest member, Kenneth Elsbury.

Warner said he would recommend that the council avoid having a quorum of any one board on the committee and the council decided it would ask the water board to replace either Crumrine or Hardy with someone not serving on the BWSD board.

Council members also were concerned about the time limit the committee would have. Some were worried that 45 days of deliberation would not be enough.

If the committee recommends another bond election to finance a groundwater project, that election would have to be called by Aug. 26, said City Manager Deborah Ballí.

Gary Kent is a reporter at the Bee-Picayune and can be reached at 358-2550, ext. 120, or at

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