“There’s all kinds of rumors going around that (the appointment) is not legal,” Hernandez said. “We’re not ignorant of the process... we even got the attorney general’s opinion.”
Donald Kubicek, city attorney, also spoke up.
“It’s no problem,” Kubicek said. “It’s fine.”
Hernandez added, “We did our homework.”
“I just wish the public would come to our meeting and get informed,” Hernandez said.
Bustillo has been a corrections officer for 11 years, seven years in Bee County and four years in Refugio.
The mayor also serves as the jail captain, working under Sheriff Robert Bolcik. Bustillo is a lieutenant at the jail under Hernandez.
The mayor appointed Bustillo for a one-year term since appointments run concurrently with the mayor’s election cycle. Next May, Hernandez’s appointments will be for two-year terms.
“There’s a miscommunication,” Bustillo said. “Corrections officers are not law enforcement officers – if they were, that might be a problem.”
The town will send the newly appointed judge to a school to become certified. The cost is $200 plus travel and meal expenses.
Bustillo grew up in Beeville, graduated from A.C. Jones High School and attended Coastal Bend College.
“I’m trying to evolve and make myself a better person,” he said. “The more knowledge I have, the better I can help the community.”
In sewer plant matters, the mayor said told the council he will continue to hold off paying $48,750 for an aerator Hernandez said “has not worked for two weeks continuously to date so we have not paid anything.”
The unit went down again Thursday afternoon.
Wesley Childers, a contractor hired by the town to help with the upgrades at the water and sewer plant, said he was critical of the way the aerator was welded.
“It’s not running true and it has a lot of wobble,” Childers said. “The vibrations are causing a problem.”
Gabe Thomas, public works director, said the engineering firm, LNV Engineering, is aware of the problem.
At the mayor’s insistence, the warranty on the aerator has been extended from six months to a year.
The mayor also expressed dissatisfaction with the materials for the second above ground water storage tanks.
“The first one had rust, some were bent and some were discolored,” Hernandez said. “My instructions to Hector (of LNV Engineering) is that we get a minimum of three years warranty.”
The warranty was extended to seven and one-half years on the first tank.
Thomas reported that the chlorination system for well number five has its own bottle for feed.
“So far, so good,” Thomas said.
Residents are being urged to call city hall if they experience discolored water so that samples can be obtained to ascertain the problem.
“The media filtration is working fine,” Thomas said.
In housing matters, six homeowners have been selected to receive upgrades for their homes. Donna Johnson is expected to announce this week the contractors awarded the bid for the homes.
In police matters, Municipal Chief Kody Farenthold announced signs will be erected at the school zone signs to ensure people are aware that the school is a drug-free zone.
“School doesn’t have to be in session for fines to be enhanced,” Farenthold said.
The officer said he made the decision to erect the signs immediately because summer activities will go on through the summer at the school.