2017-08-11 / Front Page

Lometa fills council vacancy

BY CHERI JAY-WIENECKE
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Mayor Cynthia Kirby swears in new Lometa City Council member Julia Thomas during Monday’s council meeting at City Hall. Mrs. Thomas fills a vacancy created by David Fair’s resignation in June. Fair cited health concerns as the reason for stepping down. 
MAGGIE GARRETT | COURTESY PHOTO Mayor Cynthia Kirby swears in new Lometa City Council member Julia Thomas during Monday’s council meeting at City Hall. Mrs. Thomas fills a vacancy created by David Fair’s resignation in June. Fair cited health concerns as the reason for stepping down. MAGGIE GARRETT | COURTESY PHOTO Meeting in regular session Monday evening, the Lometa City Council addressed a council vacancy as well as a number of municipal staffing changes.

After routine items to accept minutes from its July meeting and to approve monthly bills, the council tackled the first item of new business: appointment of a council member. The vacancy was created by the resignation of David Fair on June 5.

Mayor Cynthia Kirby asked for interested parties in attendance to come forward.

Lometa residents Larry Koch and Julia Thomas voiced interest in the position. After a question-and-answer session and an explanation of council duties and commitments, Koch withdrew from consideration.

“You would both be very good, and we appreciate your interest so much,” Mrs. Kirby said. “We would love to be able to take you both.”

On a motion by Susan Hines and seconded by Shad Hill, the council approved the appointment of Mrs. Thomas. She subsequently was sworn into office.

With Lometa volunteer fireman Carlos Garcia on hand to recommend the purchase of a 1993 fire truck that has been on loan from the Lampasas Fire Department, the council voted unanimously to purchase the vehicle for $8,000.

In other business, the council approved a motion by Hill to change all signature cards on accounts and certificates of deposit held at First State Bank Central Texas to show only Mrs. Kirby, City Secretary Maggie Garrett, Municipal Judge Mary Watson and Mayor Pro Tem Shane Laughlin.

The council also OK’d the promotion of Maggie Garrett to full-time city secretary beginning today. The previous city secretary has tendered her resignation.

An item to discuss designation of high-priority road repairs was tabled on a motion by Hill and seconded by Sara Salinas.

After deliberating in executive session for 24 minutes, the council returned to open session and voted to terminate the employment of Raymond Valles from the city’s maintenance department.

Following that motion, Daniel Velez subsequently was hired to work in the maintenance department at a rate of $9.50 per hour.

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