Lack of quorum to cost taxpayers; Pena and Roberts no-shows once again
WILMER - Mayor Pro Tem Hector Pena was appointed to lead the city in a water task force during the Thursday, July 7 council meeting and present his findings during the next meeting.
Pena and Councilman Robert Wells have been a no-show since.
The city held a regular meeting on Thursday, July 21 with no quorum present so the meeting had to be canceled.
Councilwoman Candy Marginal wasn’t present at this meeting but she notified the city she wasn’t able to make it due to work conflicts. A called meeting was held this past Thursday, July 28 with no quorum present yet again.
At this time, Mayor Jeff Steele sent Wilmer Police Department to visit the homes of Pena and Roberts to see if they were available.
Police came back empty handed.
After sending Councilman Robert Turner outside so Steele could make a statement to the constituents who showed he said, ”The actions of this council are more stressing than frustrating.”
“We have missed the grant deadline, the CGBD grant we rely on for roads, the fire department vendor stops and $11,000 will be owed to the State Comptroller for the fees not being ratified and approved by council.”
Since the meeting was canceled an interview was conducted with Steele for further explanation and updates.
Currently, the mayor is in talks to try to secure the grants, get a late approval, no later than Thursday, Aug. 4, the date of the next council meeting.
“According to the law and way the grant reads, I must have council majority approval for these funds to be granted, funds our city heavily relies on.”
Several citizens leaving the council chambers last Thursday were outraged the city would be fined $11,000 because of the two council members not showing.
“I took it in my duty in power as mayor of the city, made an executive decision to pay the bills and not wait around on the actions of the council, saving the city $11,000,” said Steele.
The city is still in jeopardy of paying its own debt and the same agenda will be presented at the Monday, Aug. 4 meeting held at Wilmer City Hall on 101 Davidson at 7:30 p.m. as deadlines linger.
“You guys need to talk to your council members,” said Steele.