Despite claims, Greenlees signature sealed I-45 deal
Despite claims, Greenlee’s signature sealed I-45 deal
and JOEY DAUBEN
The Ellis County Press
PALMER – Despite claims he had “nothing to do with it,” Councilman Mike Greenlee signed his name to an infrastructure job in 2003 without getting city council approval on the $186,000 project, according to public records obtained by The Ellis County Press.
The contract awarded to Lamarc Inc. for supplying water and sewer lines to Santa Regina’s tile-making plant on Interstate Highway 45 in July 2003 carried Greenlee’s signature, as well as the signature of former Palmer city administrator Dewey Lee. Greenlee, who faces several opponents in his re-election bid on Saturday in the town of about 2,000 in eastern Ellis County, has had to answer publicly to past spending in the early 90s when he was mayor on taxpayer-funded trips to strip clubs, bars and hotels, as well as a recent council vote to sell the city’s water plant.
“So that’s the article this week huh?” Greenlee said when approached on the issue. “Actually, I had nothing to do with it. You need to talk with the city administrator at the time. He was the one that approved the project and so that’s it.”
Lee, according to ex-Palmer mayor Don Huskins, took a vacation shortly after the contract was awarded and was never heard from since.
“I took the case to [county attorney] Joe Grubbs and there was nothing done about it,” said Huskins, who mentioned his mayoral administration began with a deficit due to the contract Greenlee approved, which under state law, had to be sent out for bid on change orders and have council approval, neither of which happened.
Funds from the city’s economic development corporation, according to public records, were transferred out of an account to pay for the project.
“I know that y’all are just focused on a string,” Greenlee said. “They [political opponents] are playing y’all for fools and so y’all are doing a really good job at it.
“So keep up the good work.”
Greenlee and fellow incumbent Jeff Vick are vying for three of the council seats up for grabs against Shannon Conger, Linda Harper, Tony Roybal and Greg Penny. Councilwoman Joice Price chose not to seek re-election.
“One would think that if the council had not agreed with the action, they would have done something about it during that time period,” said Doug Young, Palmer’s current city administrator.