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The Ellis County Press

PALMER – Amid the chaotic debate, which appeared to be more of an already made decision during this special meeting, sparks flew about the quality of municipal judge, Sue Schmidt.

When questioned during the citizens forum if this was just “political payback” and if he already told Schmidt during their meeting that afternoon she was already fired, Mayor Lance Anglin refused to say anything other than they met twice.

”I believe it [appointing a new judge] to be in the best interest of the city,” said Anglin.

Councilman Greg Penny questioned as to why the council was just now receiving a copy of the new candidates resume that evening for the first time.

Bill Scott, Arlington lawyer and municipal judge for the city of Venus, was appointed by a 3-2 vote.

Councilmen Tony Roybal and Penny opposed.

Among other business, the council went through a workshop of their goals for the upcoming years they would like to see accomplished. Infrastructure improvements being the biggest concern above anything else.

While discussing the quality of the water tower, Anglin mentioned it was in dire straits.

”That’s most things in Palmer, said Councilwoman Diane Drewery.

”That’s what makes it cute.”

The final two items that made the goals and objectives workshop were written as follows: 2020 city will replace all problematic water and sewer lines bringing them up to code and having them properly placed in cities right-of-way and out from under existing streets.

As of 2009 all new construction for city streets shall meet the county standard of concrete at a minimum.

Existing streets and drainage shall be brought to the minimum standard for new construction upon completion of replacing that area/subdivisions water and sewer lines.

The meeting adjourned with not nearly as many as were there to hear about Schmidt’s outcome with the city.

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