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Applicants sought for council vacancy

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For the second time in a little more than two months, the City of Bandera is taking applications from residents to fill a vacant City Council seat after council voted unanimously last week to appoint another council member to office for the six months left in the term for the vacated council seat. Former Councilman

Former Councilman Glenn Clark resigned from his post on April 17 after more than two terms as a councilman, saying he was dissatisfied with the “toxic atmosphere” surrounding council and with the mayor’s lack of leadership.

Council could have chosen to leave the post open until it could be filled in a November election, but decided, like it did on March 3, that with one of its five members gone, it could make it difficult to hold and act in special meetings.

Special meetings, which council schedules regularly to take up issues that need attention before a regular meeting is held, require that four council members be present for a quorum to be established. With only four council members currently in office, all would have to be present for a special meeting to be held.

A super majority vote of council, which are required with certain propositions, also would harder to secure when one council member is absent.

Council, therefore, on Thursday, May 7, voted to solicit applications from those interested in serving on council and to appoint a replacement for Clark at its second meeting this month, which would be March 21.

The city required those desiring to serve to turn in their applications by 5 p.m. on Monday, May 18, so current members will have time to review their qualifications and to ask the candidates questions if needed before voting.

To be eligible to serve as a councilman, an individual must be at least 18 years old, a citizen of the United States and a legal resident and a registered voter in Bandera.

Application forms are available online at www.cityofbandera.org or can be picked up at City Hall, 511 Main St. in Bandera.

Completed applications must be returned to the City Secretary’s office in City Hall.

The person selected to assume Clark’s council post will face election for a full, twoyear term in November.

Council already has appointed on member to the panel this year – former Bandera Mayor Don Clark, who was selected from three applicants to fill the seat that former Councilman Brice Cavanaugh vacated when a business relocation forced him to move from Bandera in March.

Council at its meeting last week also agreed to re-open Bandera City Park, which had been closed to vehicular traffic since March 20 to keep large crowds from gathering in the park that could make it easier for the coronavirus to get a foothold in the city.

The park opened on Friday, May 8, in time for the busy Mother’s Day weekend crowds.