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OVILLA - In the latest in a series of complaints by Councilman James Wade the council heard any requests or comments regarding “Abuse of Power for Political Gain” against Mayor Pro-Tem Tom Leverentz Monday, July 11. 

Wade alleged Leverentz was on the board for the Capital Improvement Plan to get his own road fixed. 

Leverentz said , while on the list for improvements, his street is not at the top and one of several needing repairs.

According to Mayor Bill Vansyckle, the CIP committee is an ad hoc committee appointed by himself in front of the full council to assist in digesting information provided by the public works director.

Vansyckle has previously stated the CIP is made up of three council members and each meeting is posted according to the Texas Open Meetings Law.

“Prior to its formation the PW director and I drove every street in Ovilla, 92 of them,” stated Vansyckle. 

“During council meetings I requested that the councilmember’s drive around the city and make their own notes regarding streets and drainage. 

I setup the CIP committee to take the information and put together a plan to address the streets.  They put a plan together and presented to the council in whole.”

Wade suggested the board appoint a citizen to the board.

“Putting council members on board, doesn’t always mean it’s the best solution,” said Wade. 

Via a 3-0 vote council voted the complaint by Wade to be untrue and dismissed with prejudice. 

Wade and Leverentz couldn’t vote due to conflict of interest.

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