Not a bad debut for Texas Municipal League Region 11’s first meeting in Oakville—sponsored by the city of George West.
The jail time, incidentally, wasn’t punitive. Several of the out-of-town TML guests made plans to stay overnight in Oakville’s historic jail, which is used as a guest house and gathering place for special occasions. (That jail was originally built in 1887.)
Several TML members attended the organization’s quarterly meeting held Friday at the Oakville Community Center near the historic Oakville Jail.
This group included Three Rivers Mayor Sam Garcia and Three Rivers Chamber of Commerce executive director and TR City Councilman Murrell Foster.
During the business portion of the meeting, George West Mayor Sylvia Steele was appointed president of the Texas Municipal League’s Region 11.
Mayor Steele formally replaces John Price, an outgoing mayor pro tem out of Port Aransas forced to resign his TML position because he did not run for re-election in his city.
Steele was next in line to replace Price in her capacity as first vice president of this TML chapter.
In a related development, Jacquelyn Harborth, GW city secretary, was appointed regional secretary of the TML chapter, also during the Friday conference.
The main room of the Oakville Community Center was packed during the Friday meeting, which more or less commenced with a keynote address by David Flores.
Flores’ remarks centered on his conviction that “conformity is not an option” in today’s world.
“The same key we use to succeed others use for failure,” he said.
In addition to his work as the city’s consultant on economic development and law enforcement grand acquisition, Flores is also a private consultant and public speaker.
During meeting breaks, TML representatives took advantage of the good food and great music.
There was, for instance, the musical stylings of Clifton DeLeon, a George West resident who currently lives and performs in San Marcos.
Other musicians in attendance at the TML event include “The Night Mothers,” featuring Alex Ruiz (singer, guitarist and harmonica player); Elias Montemayor (bass guitar and vocals); Vanessa del Fierro (violinist and singer); Stacey Mazuca (guitar); and Monica del Fierro (unspecified instrument).
Ben Tinsley is a reporter for The Progress newspaper in Three Rivers. He can be contacted by email at firstname.lastname@example.org or by phone at 361-786-3022. Tinsley can also be followed on Twitter at www.twitter.com/BenTinsley, Google at http://plus.google.com/+BenTinsley or on Facebook at www.facebook.com/ben.tinsley.12.