There had been considerable speculation concerning one item to be discussed behind closed doors.
That was to deliberate the appointment, employment, evaluation, assignment, duties, discipline or dismissal of a public officer or employee.
The item then designated that the discussion was to involve the city manager.
Rumblings in the community were serious enough to pack the audience seats in the council chamber at City Hall.
Although some of those who waited through the long executive session in the parking lot in front of the council chamber were city department heads who were there for a budget workshop to be held after the meeting, others apparently waited to hear if any action would be taken following the executive session.
The two other subjects to be discussed in execution session included the already approved purchase of a building at 602 N. Washington St.
That structure is intended to house the offices of the city’s building department, code compliance office and the Beeville Main Street office.
The second discussion was to involve a discussion with City Attorney Frank Warner concerning a legal matter connected with a contract with Alpha Reclaim.
City Manager Deborah Ballí left the council chamber during that portion of the closed session. But she had no public comment to make concerning the possible topic of discussion.
Council members convened the executive session shortly after 8 p.m., and the meeting reopened a little more than two hours later.
When everyone who had waited re-entered the room, Mayor David Carabajal announced that there would be no action on any of the three items discussed.
The council then adjourned and went into the budget workshop.
Before closing the meeting at 8 p.m., council members voted to:
— Schedule a public hearing for Aug. 27 at City Hall to hear public comment on a proposed property tax rate for the upcoming fiscal year. That proposed rate is expected to be $0.47653 per $100 of evaluation.
— Appoint County Tax Assessor-Collector Linda Bridge to compute the city’s effective tax rate and rollback rate.
Ballí said the city’s effective rate, the rate necessary to collect the same income as it collected in the previous fiscal year, would be lower because of increased assessed values of property within the city. But state law requires that the city collect at least enough money in taxes to pay its debt service.
— Schedule a future workshop session to consider a four-pronged recommendation from the citizens committee studying alternative water supplies.
— Appoint a committee to study compensatory time guidelines for city employees.
— Approve a zone change request from property owners Luz Raquel Olivarez and David Cano. The owners wanted to rezone their property for R-3, duplex and apartment units.
— Approve street closings for a 5K run and parade for the Sept. 13 Diez y Seis de Septembre celebration in downtown Beeville.
— Authorize a $2,454.10 payment for fencing around a new city radio tower.
— Allow the city to have separate air conditioning systems installed in the offices at the Events Center at a cost of $9,500.
— Adopt an ordinance establishing rules and regulations for the operation of a taxicab service in and around the city.
Gary Kent is a reporter at the Bee-Picayune and can be reached at 358-2550, ext. 120, or at reporter@mySouTex.com.