Council fills one vacancy, creates another

By Erika Pedroza | Published Saturday, February 23, 2013

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The Paradise City Council made simple but impactful decisions at its meeting Thursday.

After changing its scheduled meeting time and date to 6 p.m. the third Monday of each month (from 7 p.m. the third Thursday), the council appointed Terre Ward to Place 5.

She replaces Michael Robertson, who had been unable to attend due to out-of-town work that forced him to miss three meetings (Council members are allowed three absences a year before relinquishing their position).

Later in the meeting, Ward and Councilman Bob Gayan were appointed emergency management coordinators, a post also held by Robertson.

The council also voted to terminate the contract of water operator Johnny Murrillo. Required water samples were not submitted to the Texas Commission on Environmental Quality in May, June, August and September 2012, and City Secretary Teresa Moody said she had not received a sample report for November or December 2012.


The council also:

  • hired Pat Dillon with SouthWest Consultants to aid their efforts in applying for grants to extend lines and for a future sewer system. “I’ve been very impressed by the work he’s done for the city in the past,” Moody said.

    Other action items related to the future sewer system were postponed until a system type is selected and land acquired to engineer.

    “Things are still out there waiting to happen,” said Mayor Sam Starr. “Unfortunately, things don’t go real quickly with that.”

  • OK’d the closing of Main Street for the fifth-annual firefighter bash 3 to 10 p.m. Saturday, April 27. There will be a barbecue dinner, bingo, the Lifeteam 68 helicopter ambulance and monster truck displayed and performances by Pat Waters, Brandon Gentry Band and Sonny Burgess.
  • approved the December and January financial reports and meeting minutes (January’s meeting was cancelled due to a reported lack of quorum).

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