The San Saba City Council met for a regular meeting on Monday, November 15th at 6 p.m. in the City Hall Council Chambers. Mayor Ken Jordan called the meeting to order and welcomed the standing room only (approximatly 100) citizens, and city employees to the meeting. Alderman Marvin Riggs gave the invocation followed by everyone joining for the pledges to the American andTexas flags.
Seven citizens signed up to make public comments. They were aware that the City staff had received complaints and allegations against the County Sheriff’s Department and would take action on the matter. Five citizens gave first hand information regarding the Sheriff’s Departments dedication to upholding the law and their comments were in support of Sheriff Brown. Three of the five were from the Cherokee area, Christy Austermann, Michael Murray and Jed Tedder. Brian Gatliff and Suzanne Walters from San Saba gave personal comments in support of Sheriff Brown also. Two citizens felt that the Sheriff’s Department should be investigated. They were Sylvia Juarez and Reagan Burnham, both from San Saba.
The Employee of the Month for November was awarded to Chris Stewart who has worked at the Golf Course for a little over six years. Chris will receive a day off with pay, a $25 gift certificate at a local restaurant and his name on a plaque. Larry Alderson, Supervisor of the Electric Department, was awarded Supervisor of the Quarter. Larry will receive a day off with pay, a $25 gift certificate at a local restaurant and his name on a plaque.
The following items were approved by the Council:
1. Minutes from the October 12th Council meeting.
2. Payment of bills presented to City Council.
3. Resolution No. 2010-35 authorizing the signatories required for implementation of the Texas Community Development Grant Program Fund Grant, Contract No. 710839.
4. Resolution No. 2010-36 to waive noise ordinance for November 2nd at the Pavilion at Risien Park.
5. The San Saba Economic Development Budget for 2010-2011.
6. Resolution No. 2010-37 amending the budget for 2009-2010 to close out the year.
7. Ordinance No. 2010-18 to temporarily close Commerce Street from Eighth and Ninth Streets on December 9th from 8:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. as requested by San Saba ISD.
8. Changed the December council meeting from December 20th to December 13th.
Mayor Jordan announced an Executive Session at 6:23 p.m. pursuant to Section 551.071, Texas Government Code, Section 1.05, Tex. Rules of Professional Conduct, and Section 551.084, Texas Government Code, regarding an investigation, evidence, and witnesses for complaints and charges against the County Sheriff’s Department. Attorney Barney Knight from Austin attended the Executive Session with the Council along with Stan Weik, Tony Guidroz and Gale Ivy.
The Council reconvened at 7:50 p.m. with Shawn Oliver reading the following City Council Directive:
Due to numerous complaints to the City of San Saba from citizens, tourists, hunters, and business people, the San Saba City Council directs the city staff to turn over to the District Attorney all related evidence and in formation received by the city regarding complaints against the Sheriff, and request the District Attorney investigate the Sheriff's Department for official misconduct.
(Official misconduct means intentional, unlawful behavior relating to official duties by an officer entrusted with the administration of justice or the execution of the law. The term includes an intentional or corrupt failure, refusal, or neglect of an officer to perform a duty imposed on the officer by law.)
The following council members voted for the motion: Charles Peeler, Martha Leigh Whitten and Shawn Oliver with Marvin Riggs against. The motion was approved by the majority vote. Alderman Oleta Behrens was not in attendance.
The following gave reports:
A. Stan Weik, City Manager,information on Water Park law suit; Clifton Ott, Streets Dept. Supervisor will return to work tomorrow after recovering from injuries not related to his job.
B. Gale Ivy, City Secretary, Keep San Saba Beautiful Trash Bash was Sat. Nov. 13.
C. Wayne Yarbrough, Water Department, both pumps at prison are not working. The City will buy one new and repair the other one; a new fence is being installed at the waterplant.
D. Keith Harris, Golf Pro, gathering pecans, trimming trees, not a lot of golfers but keeping busy.
E. Elmo Davis, Sanitation Dept., a garbage truck is being repaired - no estimate of cost at this time.
F. Tony Guidroz, Tourism/Development, attended a meeting in Austin Oct. 28th; hopeful that Mesquite Fuel will choose our location by 2013; several more restaurants want to locate in San Saba; a national chain is looking for land, however cannot reveal anything yet; a Car Care Center will be in operation soon and will be an express lube and inspections only.
G. Al Hamrick, Inspection and Code Enforcement Officer, getting started with LCRA's new park; new fire department work is done; have been enforcing and getting rid of a lot of junk vehicles; keeping grass cut, helping with Keep San Saba Beautiful; working on certifications.
H. Scott Glaze, Director of Public Works, is keeping up with maintenance and will have video for next meeting.
Mayor Jordan called for adjournment at 8:05 p.m.