The Poteet City Council had to call off their special called meeting Thursday evening at City Hall.
The council needed four members to constitute the quorum but were one member shy and had to adjourn the meeting. Mayor Pro Tem Nicholas Sanchez and Place 3 Councilmember Rick T. Flores didn’t make the meeting due to undisclosed reasons.
Mayor Denise Sanchez was made aware of their absence by City Secretary Kerry McCollough just minutes before the meeting was set to start. McCollough stated she wasn’t notified until later in the day. Following the adjournment of the meeting, Mayor Sanchez expressed her thoughts on the absences of her fellow council members.
“It was news to me, but I know it was intentional,” Mayor Sanchez said. “I know it was. I’m going to be honest.”
The meeting’s agenda featured some notable items. The first agenda item listed was the designation of Signatories on the City of Poteet checking account. The next items included appointing a new Legal Counsel and Municipal Court Prosecutor without a Request for Proposal process and providing an office for Mayor Sanchez at City Hall. The agenda further listed possible action on providing the day-to-day affairs of the City in the event the City Administrator is unfilled or the City Administrator is unable to perform their specific duties.
Despite the unexpected adjournment of the meeting, Mayor Sanchez stated she wants to leave the situation behind.
“We need to move forward,” Mayor Sanchez said. “I’ve got a lot of things I’m working on right now. The water, the streets. We could work together and be great, but I don’t know what to tell you right now.”
Marie Levy, who lives just a street outside Poteet city limits, has been attending the city council meetings actively.
“I’ve been here five years,” Levy said. “Ms. Sanchez won by a landslide and it’s a shame the citizens cannot come out and congratulate her and move forward. It’s going nowhere but taking us down.”
Mayor Pro Tem Sanchez has yet to respond to a request for comment.
The next Poteet City Council meeting will be on August 3 at Poteet City Hall.