A divided Bandera City Council decided on Wednesday, May 20, to appoint retired businesswoman Rosielee Smith to a vacancy on council over Darcy Hasty, a recent appointee to the Bandera Economic Development Corp.’s board.
Hasty’s appointment to that board was probably a deciding factor in the decision to name Smith to the council’s post.
Councilmen Don Clark and Jerry Russe said they felt that with Councilwoman Lynn Palmer already part of the EDC board, two council members on the board would be too many, so they opposed Hasty’s nomination to council.
Mayor Suzanne Schaumann eventually sided with Clark and Russe and cast the deciding vote to name Smith to the council post that former Councilman Glenn Clark had held until resigning in April over dissatisfaction with the leadership of the mayor and with the direction of council.
Palmer and Councilwoman Rebeca Gibson had voted in favor of Hasty’s appointment and against Smith’s selection.
Smith, who retired to Bandera with her husband Dewayne Smith four years ago and is the daughter-in-law of former Bandera Mayor Wilvie Smith, already has been sworn into office and will begin her duties in the first meeting in June.
Rosielee Smith said this marks her first venture into public service after a long career as an accounting specialist for a roofing company in San Antonio, and she hopes she can do something positive for the city.
Her focus, like that of council members in general, will be maintenance and upgrades of the city’s infrastructure, like the water and wastewater system and city roads, which she acknowledged are in terrible shape.
“Taxpayers need a return for all they pay,” said Rosielee Smith.
She expects the next few months to be a learning experience for her, but if things go well and she feels she is making a contribution, Smith said she will probably run for the council seat when it comes up for election in November.
Also at Wednesday’s council meeting, council voted to create a $50 building permit fee for portable buildings erected in the city that are more than 120 square feet in size and increased the utility deposits for residential customers both inside the city limits and outside the city limits by $50 in each category to cover losses the city has encountered when renters move out without paying their utility bills.
Council also agreed to work on a new contract for City Administrator J. Horry that could increase his term of service to five years from two years.
Only two Bandera residents applied for appointment to a Bandera City Council seat that was vacated by a former councilman in April with seven months left on its term, officials said.
Bandera City Secretary Jill Shelton said on Monday, May 18, that Rosielee Smith, a retired Bandera resident, and Darcy Hasty, the pretrial services director in Medina County who was named to the Bandera Economic Development Corp. board in April, were the only candidates to file for appointment to a seat once held by Councilman Glenn Clark.
Clark resigned on April 17 citing dissatisfaction with direction council was taking, and council decided earlier this month to name an interim council member to serve out the term through November. Council set a deadline of 5 p.m. Monday for interested residents submit their names as candidates for the office.
Council will consider naming a replacement for Clark as part of a special meeting on Wednesday, May 20, beginning at 9 a.m.