An agenda item calling for an executive session to discuss threatened litigation by attorneys representing Gerald S. Calvert, who has been building an RV park at the Tyler Place Mobile Home Park, and Amistad Acquisitions just east of North Archer Street, was moved up in the meeting by Mayor Santiago “Jimbo” Martinez.
The council has met in executive session several times to discuss the threatened suits but had taken no action until Thursday.
The meeting reopened minutes short of an hour and Mayor Pro Tem Mike Scotten made the motion to agree to a settlement with the attorneys representing the Tyler Place park.
Scotten said the agreement would contain one change, a requirement that the facility be surrounded by a six-foot fence instead of the previously planned four-foot fence.
Scotten also asked that the title to the property be redrafted.
But the council took no action on the Amistad facilities. Several of those at the meeting, including Amistad developer Diana Endsley and her attorney, Don Jones, had been at previous meetings when the council went into executive session to discuss the potential suits and then took no action.
Jones appeared to be troubled by the decision.
However, no one on the council commented on the vote to table the matter.
Some residents of the Ellwood Terrace Subdivision, which abuts the Amistad property, were also at the meeting.
Council members abruptly went on to other items on their lengthy agenda for the night.
In other action, the council voted to:
— Approve the payment of a $12,564.59 invoice to AG/CM Construction Management Services for work done on recent park improvements.
— Authorize the payment of a $3,771.27 invoice for Gignac and Associates, architects who designed the facilities at the Little League Complex at Veterans Memorial Park.
— Allow the city staff to pay Amstar, Inc. General Contractors for work performed so far on the parks.
— Approve an intent to sell water to Jessy Garza for a recreational vehicle site just outside the city limits. If the city goes through with the agreement, it could lead to 41 new water connections to the city’s system.
— Pass a new application form for organizations requesting funds from the city’s hotel and motel occupancy tax account with a limit of $40,000 per applicant.
— Pay a $94,670 bill from Urban Engineering regarding design work for improvements to the city’s wastewater treatment plant.
— Authorize payment of a $172,791 bill from Payton Construction Co. for work done on rehabilitating the filtering media at the George P. Morrill Water Treatment Plant at Swinney Switch.
— Approve payment of a bill for $8,014.73 for legal work performed by the law firm of McKibben, Woolsey and Villarreal, LLP on the city’s RV park ordinance.
— Accept an estimate of $8,150 from Salazar Construction Co. for work that needs to be done to walls and ceilings at the Municipal Court building.
— Pay a bill from Servpro for mold remedial work at the Municipal Court building.
— Reappoint James Crumrine, Fernando Galvan and James Riggle to the Board of Adjustment.
— Return Leticia Muñoz and Brenda Treviño to the Beeville Economic Improvement Corporation board and replace Dave Moore and Orlando Vasquez with Gilbert Herrera and Felipita Bastida.
— Reappoint Gilbert Herrera, Luis “Tiny” Longoria and Mitch Elliott to the Parks and Recreation Commission.
Gary Kent is a reporter at the Bee-Picayune and can be reached at 358-2550, ext. 120, or at reporter@mySouTex.com.