A third Bandera City Council member has resigned from office this year, and another council member strongly criticized his colleagues and members of prior councils after a heated council meeting on Thursday, Aug. 20, involving first that council member’s appointment to the Bandera Economic Development board and then his decision to withdraw his name as an EDC appointee.
Councilwoman Lynn Palmer, who was elected to another term in office last year, submitted her resignation to council last week, but it wasn’t directly related to any differences she faced with other council members or her dissatisfaction with progress in the city.
Instead, she said this week that the decision was related to her daughter, son-in-law and two grandchildren decision to relocate to Bandera from Virginia, and Palmer’s desire to focus more of her time on family than political matters. “I felt I would have no time for city politics,” said Palmer. She also had been named to the
She also had been named to the EDC board, a post she also relinquished, and had been in the midst of discussions on that board aimed at changing its focus and the way it does business.
She did criticize council for the decision it made on Aug. 11 to disband the existing EDC membership, with the exception of herself and Mayor Suzanne Schauman, and to name additional council members or city staffers to the EDC board.
Palmer said it was hastily made and ignored the extensive qualifications the existing board had and the progress it already was making. But she said that was not why she resigned from office.
Her departure means council will have another decision to make about appointing another member to office or waiting a year so the post can be filled by election.
Schauman said Palmer’s resignation came too late to get a vote for her replacement on this year’s general election ballot Nov. 3.
The city is already advertising the opening on council and seeking applications by residents interested in filling out the term. The issue could be reviewed by council at its next meeting.
Council already has appointed former Mayor Don Clark and retired businesswoman Rosie Smith to council seats this year after former Councilman Brice Cavanaugh and then former Councilman Glenn Clark resigned.
Don Clark and Smith hold the council posts that are up for election this November, along with the mayor’s post.
In advance of its next meeting, council may have some fence-mending to do after Councilman Jerry Russe issued a strongly worded statement critical of the operation of council and how it had spent taxpayer money. Russe was most critical of coun
Russe was most critical of council members who have served on prior councils, saying “they are part of the problem, and it’s time for a change.”
“The mayor and some council members, especially previous council members, have made decisions that I feel have allowed our city infrastructure to deteriorate and have not spent the taxpayer’s money prudently,” Russe’s statement said. “I urge the citizens to pay particular attention in November’s election to candidates that are running for City Council positions who have served on previous councils.”
Council at its Thursday meeting voted to appoint Russe to the EDC board as it took steps to complete the leadership panel for the economic development corporation, but Russe elected not to take the appointment after his nomination drew op position from Councilwoman Rebeca Gibson, who already had been named to the EDC board.
Russe said the working relationship on the EDC board might be too troublesome for him to stay on the panel, but he also said he planned to move forward with his duties on council and hoped any rifts could be overcome.
Gibson said differences of opinion are commonplace on pubic bodies. She also felt confident that she and Russe would find a way to work together.
Gibson also said she looked forward to the empanelment of a new council after the November election so elected council members can assume office again.