Poteet council moves forward to fix water leak



The water tank located on 5th and J Street in Poteet has been leaking since last month. The city received two bids to fix the well, however, Mayor Sanchez stated she didn’t trust the lower bid ($6,071) due to a lack of information about the company. After discussion, Cantu motioned to go with R&R to fix the well in the amount of $8,500. The council voted 4-0 in favor of the motion. CADE ANDREWS | PLEASANTON EXPRESS

The water tank located on 5th and J Street in Poteet has been leaking since last month. The city received two bids to fix the well, however, Mayor Sanchez stated she didn’t trust the lower bid ($6,071) due to a lack of information about the company. After discussion, Cantu motioned to go with R&R to fix the well in the amount of $8,500. The council voted 4-0 in favor of the motion. CADE ANDREWS | PLEASANTON EXPRESS

In an effort to be transparent and provide clarity, council member Rick Flores Sr. brought up the idea to consider issuing Requests for Proposals for a new city attorney. Current Legal Counsel Maldonado

Law Group PLLC was hired by the city council during the Aug. 4 meeting after council voted 3-2 in favor to bring them on. This raised some concerns as Maldonado represented Mayor Denise Sanchez individually back in 2015. Flores stated that he didn’t want there to be a conflict of interest regarding the mayor’s current lawsuit against the city.

“There is no legal conflict of interest,” Maldonado said. “The city is not spending a dime more for the defense than they would be otherwise. I asked not to represent this city on a particular matter because on a single occasion over a half dozen years ago, I represented the mayor when this city was trying to take action adverse to her. That’s the only time I’ve represented her and I haven’t represented her since.”

Following the discussion, council member Nick Sanchez motioned to dismiss the item, followed by a second from Flores. The motion passed 4-0. Council member Crystal Bautista wasn’t available at the meeting.

Audit Services

City Administrator Kim Davis reminded the council that Armstrong, Vaughan and Associates was selected following Requests for Quotations that were sent out. Davis said she’d like the audit to be completed by February or March at the latest. Council member Candace Cantu motioned to approve the audit and remove Hainey and Associates from assisting the audit. Davis added that removing Hainey from the audit could potentially cause some delays in the process. Mayor Sanchez broke the tie in favor to pass the motion. N. Sanchez and Flores voted against.

Well #10 Repairs

The water tank located on 5th and J Street had been leaking since last month. The city received two bids to fix the well. Mayor Sanchez stated she didn’t trust the lower bid ($6,071) due to a lack of information about the company. Davis said the staff had researched the companies and Poteet Public Works Director Bobby Buentello talked to the city engineer.

“This could’ve been resolved a while back with just one signature,” Flores said. “I want to apologize to the citizens and hope that this will never happen again. I did speak to a few residents. They’re suffering because of this.”

Following the statement, Mayor Sanchez threatened to escort Flores from the meeting after he stated they were missing the final signature.

After discussion, Cantu motioned to go with R&R to fix the well in the amount of $8,500. The council voted 4-0 in favor of the motion.

Conduct

N. Sanchez addressed the complaints against Mayor Sanchez and advised they should be reviewed by council. Mayor Sanchez accused N. Sanchez of lying. N. Sanchez referred to an email that was sent out to the council from a staff employee. The email said that Mayor Sanchez was creating a toxic work environment by belittling and badgering other employees. It further stated that staff should be held accountable for their actions. Following the discussion, N. Sanchez motioned to authorize the attorney to review the complaints against the Mayor. However, the motion wasn’t passed as Fernandez and Cantu voted against it.

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