The motion came from Councilman David Carabajal after the group discussed the legality of cutting $120,000 from previous resolution that would have allowed the city to have a $60,000 prefabricated restroom building installed near the Little League complex at Veterans Memorial Park and a $60,000 playscape installed across the street from the complex.
“You can delete items from the recommended list,” City Manager Ford Patton told the council after councilmen asked if it would be legal to make the reductions.
Patton said he had contacted Dallas attorney Jeff Moore, an expert on the use of 4B sales tax funds, and he had confirmed that the restrooms and playscape could be legally deleted from the resolution by the City Council.
With that question settled Mayor Pro Tem Mike Scotten seconded Carabajal’s motion and when the vote was taken, Carabajal, Scotten, Mayor Santiago “Jimbo” Martinez and Councilwoman Libby Spires all voted in favor of it.
When Martinez asked if there were any votes against the motion, Councilmen John Fulghum cast his opposition vote.
Fulghum, who has a voting seat on the Beeville Economic Improvement Corporation, which makes recommendations to the council on spending 4B sales tax money, had previously supported including the restroom building and the playscape in the package.
Later in the meeting Martinez said he had asked for another agenda item concerning the EIC board.
He said he had been told that some residents have a perception that there are conflicts of interest in the makeup of the board. He had been told that some people objected to having a member of the Beeville Water Supply District board and a city staff member making recommendations on how4B sales tax money should be spent because both the city and the BWSD stood to benefit from projects approved for the funds.
“I just want the council to revisit the bylaws and if there are any concerns we want to discuss them,” Martinez said.
He asked each council member to make a list of questions or perceived problems with the bylaws and have them ready for review at the council’s next meeting on June 9.
In other business the council voted to:
— Approve a street closure request from Our Lady of Victory Catholic Church for South Avenue E between West Carter and West Walton Streets for June 21. The street will be closed from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. for a church event.
— Authorize contributing $8,800 in hotel and motel tax funds to the Bee County Exposition Center to help pay expenses for a July 4 celebration this year.
The center staff originally had requested $15,000 in funds but City Attorney Frank Warner said not all requests would fall within the law governing the use of that money.
— Approve a change order for $11,399 for work being done on the city’s Community Development Block Grant project on the west side of the city.
— Authorize the city to seek $367,962.63 from the federal government in a Justice Assistant Grant program.
— Reappoint James Crumrine, Fernando Galvan, Frank Gonzales and Josie Michael to the city’s Board of Adjustment.
— Appoint Scotten as the City Council’s ex officio director to the Bee County Chamber of Commerce board.
— Schedule special town hall meetings for June 18 and 25 and on July 22. The locations of the meetings were not determined but the meetings are to begin at 6 p.m.
— Approve the sale of seven properties within the city for the collection of back taxes