In what could be another fascinating meeting, the Kerrville City Council will meet at 6 p.m. at City Hall. There is a 4 p.m. workshop before the main event. What can we expect tonight? Here's a look:
- We won't get a chance to see it, but Councilman Roman Garcia asked for an executive session discussion about City Attorney Mike Hayes. The topic of conversation remains unclear, but we suspect it may be about Hayes' consistent defense of the city's decision not to hold its municipal election in November — as Garcia and gadfly George Baroody insist the city must do. Comments from our Facebook audience are that this isn't the first time someone has tried to oust Hayes from the city government.
- The Texas Department of Transportation wants to lower the speed limit along Bandera Highway or Texas Highway 173 at the Loop 534 intersection to near the entrance of Commanche Trace — approximately 1.5 miles — to 50 MPH. Speeding in this zone could lead to a $200 fine.
- The City Council will likely approve a mid-year budget amendment that would give 5% cost of living adjustments to all city employees. The budget amendment will boost pay for employees in hard-to-fill jobs, including the city's paramedics. The total expense is about $750,000. Better-than-expected tax revenues have buoyed the city budget.
Speaking of Mike Hayes
Kerrville United writer Aaron Yates shared a video from 2017 of a previous attempt to remove Mike Hayes as city attorney, one that garnered swift backlash. The move came when Bonnie White was mayor, with a council including George Baroody and Vince Voelkel, who is now running for mayor. Here's the video: