Dickinson City Council on Tuesday voted unanimously to call a special election for November 6 to fill the unexpired term of City Council Position No. 4, which is currently held by Kerry Neves.
Neves is a candidate for Judge of the 10th District Court of Galveston County, and is on the ballot in the July 31 Republican Primary Runoff Election.
“Our understanding had been that I would have to resign before January 1 if I was elected,” Neves said in a report he gave on the meeting. “However, our City Attorney discovered an Attorney General's opinion from several years ago which essentially would hold that when I announced for the judicial position, it was an immediate resignation. However, other parts of state law require me to stay in my position until a successor is elected and qualified.” Neves Meeting Summary
The winner of the special election would serve the remainder of Neves’ term, which expires in May 2013.
The city council voted unanimously to remove Ryan Loofboro from the Planning and Zoning Commission.
The city council voted 4-1, with Charles Suderman opposed, to appoint Bill Latimer to fill the remainder of Loofboro’s term, which expires in December. Latimer previously served as an alternate member on the commission.
The city council voted unanimously to award an $18,171 bid to JTB Services Incorporated for demolition services.
Under the contract, JTB Services will demolish and clear structures at 4132 Grand Boulevard, 4136 Gum Drive and 5200 Highway 3. The homes were all substantially damaged during Hurricane Ike, and the owners do not have the resources to restore them, Building Official Kevin Byal said.
The city council voted unanimously to approve additional funding of $6,567 from the Municipal Drainage Utility Fund Balance for the Hemlock Circle Drainage Project. The increase brings the project’s total cost to $20,317.
The city council received updates regarding Hurricane Ike Community Development Block Grant projects. No action was taken on the item.
All other items were approved by unanimous vote. Mayor Julie Masters and Council Member William King, III were absent. Mayor Pro Tem Walter Wilson presided over the meeting. Agenda