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The Ellis County Press

WILMER – Last Friday afternoon Mayor Jeff Steele and City Secretary Alice Holloway were served with lawsuits from councilwoman turned mayoral candidate, Tiny Lange, and two others.

The reason for not sharing budget info and not adding action items to the agenda after council members Eugene Lowe, Dean Rolison and Tiny Lange allegedly requested they be placed on the city’s agenda.

"We have tried to hold a budget workshop to go over and straighten out the city’s finances but some people didn’t show up," said Mayor Steele.

Lange said she has contacted the Texas Municipal League about this and she was finally forced to go to the courts to get something done.

"I can’t keep this up. I’m being ignored and this is an illegal activity," said Lange.

"I want to make sure that we [herself, Lowe and Rolison] are being treated fairly and after three attempts to get some action on the agenda, it should be done."

Steele and Holloway have 20 days to act on the pending suit.

"I refuse to react on the dirty politics being played at my expense to gain power over on Mayor Jeff Steele," said Holloway.

"I stand firm on acting in a professional manner and I will not play the same old games that has been played in this city over the past several years,I believe that the actions of the officers of the City of Wilmer elected or appointed should be in the best interest of the citizens and not for personal gain."

Steele said he is always ready to talk and they will be responding.

"This is just a proof positive way to abuse the courts time with these frivolous lawsuits," said Steele.

City attorney Michael Halla, is in a hearing about this lawsuit as we go to press.

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