Council does not rescind law firm decision
by Coy Slavik, Advance-Guard Editor
Jul 15, 2014 | 887 views | 0 0 comments | 1143 1143 recommendations | email to a friend | print
GOLIAD – City Council voted 3-2 to not rescind its June 17 decision to hire the services of an Austin law firm to mentor City Attorney Ashford Taylor.

Councilman Buddy Zavesky placed an item on the July 1 agenda for council to reconsider and possibly rescind the June 27 decision to hire Knight & Partners. Mayor Anna Lopez Machacek had to cast the deciding vote on June 27 when councilwomen Cheryl Worley abstained.

Before council made its decision on July 1, Goliad resident Christy Paulsgrove criticized new council members during public comment and claimed the newly elected Machacek and councilman Joey Thompson may have been swayed by one of the top contributors to the local Goliad Citizens For Effective Government PAC, Austin attorney Tim Von Dohlen.

“You don’t just pick out one firm from out of the blue because they were recommended by a person who contributed the largest amount to the campaign of that group that got elected,” Paulsgrove said. “They took his one recommendation and brought it to the meeting with a prepared written motion. You don’t talk about items outside of the meeting. You don’t come with a prepared written motion. That’s why you need training on the Open Meetings Act.”

Paulsgrove’s statement drew a round of applause from several in the audience.

Zavesky made a motion to rescind the approved item. Councilman Lionel Garcia seconded the motion, which died after the 3-2 vote.

By another 3-2 vote, council tabled action on the selection of Goliad Municipal Development District candidates to fill three vacancies. Thompson, Worley and councilwoman Liz Holsey voted to table the selection.

Council briefly discussed options for the city pool. Goliad State Park has indicated it may opt out of its interlocal agreement with the city to fund repairs and maintenance for the pool.

“I am currently working on something with the state,” Mayor Anna Lopez Machacek said. “I was gathering some figures and got the information we had from the state park. I have made a couple of phone calls and contacts.”

The state park indicated the facility is in need of approximately $600,000 of repairs.

Council unanimously approved the city’s entity share of $8,542.44 in the Goliad County Appraisal District FY15 proposed budget.

Council unanimously adopted a resolution to make Machacek the authorized representative with Texpool Investment Services and approved the salvage of 1995 and 1991 Chevrolet trucks.

Council also voted to seek bids for repairs at the Market Street Museum.
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