EDITOR’S NOTE: The following column was submitted prior to Judge Hurley’s announcement of shutting down the vaccine clinic at the Poteet Strawberry Festival grounds. The clinic was shut down on Tuesday, April 27 due to low turnout. Please see the story on this week’s front page.
T here is good news and not so good news about the COVID-19 vaccinations. The good news is Atascosa County coordinated with Texas state officials to establish a vaccination hub here in Poteet. The goal was to distribute 1,000 vaccines a day for 30 days straight. The vaccines are available to anyone, not just Atascosa County, who wishes to get vaccinated.
The not so good news is not many people have taken advantage of the opportunity to get vaccinated. They began offering the one shot Johnson & Johnson vaccine on Monday. If the number of people getting vaccinated does not significantly increase, they may decide to close the hub here and relocate to another part of the state. I highly encourage everyone to take advantage of the local availability to get vaccinated in order to increase herd immunity. The sooner herd immunity is achieved, the sooner exposure to COVID-19 is reduced.
You may have heard the Poteet nursing home closed a couple of months ago. I believe it was due to financial reasons. The property was sold to an investment group. Their representative requested to meet with me to discuss their options for the property. I invited County Judge Bob Hurley to attend the meeting. Judge Hurley and I provided some options for the facility to benefit our county community, i.e. a temporary foster care for Child Protective Services (CPS) or a halfway house for juveniles needing to transition back into society. The investors are looking at different business options available. We plan to have further discussion on the development of the property. I will provide information as it becomes available.
The City of Poteet election for mayor and councilmember place 4 and 5 is coming to an end on Saturday, May 1. I need to make a correction regarding the mayoral race. I was misinformed that because there are more than two mayoral candidates, a candidate requires 50% of the vote plus one vote to win the election.
However, Poteet is a Type A General Law municipality, LOCAL GOVERNMENT CODE, TITLE 2. ORGANIZATION OF MUNICIPAL GOVERNMENT, SUBTITLE B. MUNICIPAL FORM OF GOVERNMENT, CHAPTER 22. ALDERMANIC FORM OF GOVERNMENT IN TYPE A GENERALLAW MUNICIPALITY, SUBCHAPTER A. GENERAL PROVISIONS , Sec. 22.004. PLURALITY VOTE REQUIRED FOR ELECTION OF MUNICIPAL OFFICER.
Because Poteet falls under this, to be elected to an office of the municipality, a person must receive “more votes than any other person for the office.” A good representation (large number of voters) is needed to show who they want to lead our community. I would like to be granted the opportunity to remain as mayor so I may continue my endeavors to Keep Poteet Strong and lead our community into the future.
WILLIE LEAL is the Mayor of Poteet. You may email him at mayor@poteettexas. gov.