The Denver City City Council met in regular session on Monday night, March 2, where they addressed a short agenda.
After the Invocation was led by Ronald Weir the Council moved into the announcement portion of the meeting. During that portion of the meeting Councilmen Mark Sherman commented about how well the recently held Chamber of Commerce banquet went. He estimated there were 230 people in attendance. Mayor Tommy Hicks echoed his comments and congratulated Sherman for being named Ambassador of the Year. City Manager Stan David also congratulated EMT Director Karen Tovar for being named Professional of the Year.
Councilman Clinton Bowman also reminded everyone who haven’t voted in the general election to be sure to do so on Tuesday, March 3.
Moving into the agenda Chief of Police David Hennigan addressed the Council asking for their consideration of approving a Criminal Justice Division grant application. He noted this can be considered phase 3 of the grant application process. The first grant was for laptops in each of the patrol vehicles, phase two was the software, and this grant would be for data sharing software between the different departments statewide. The Council unanimously approved his request.
The next two items dealt with an ordinance canceling the May 2 City Council election since both incumbents, Mark Sherman and Keith Mensch, were unopposed. Both Councilman will begin a 3-year term of office on May 4.
City Manager Stan David did inform the Council that even though the City Council election has been canceled the School Board election will be held in City Hall on May 2. Five candidates are running for three positions on the board.
Filing for those three positions and the order in which they will appear on the ballot will be Aurelia Garcia, Eloy Gutierrez, Jess Roberts, Cecil Robles, and Freddy Yanez. Successful candidates will serve a three-year term.
Current board members David Mitchell and Cody Williams both opted to not seek another three-year term. Jess Roberts, who serves the board as the Vice President, is seeking another term of office. Mitchell is the current secretary of the board.
When voting for a school board member you may split your vote between three candidates, two candidates or place all your votes for one candidate.
In the last item a motion was made to pay the regular bills that totaled $166,717.98.
Councilmembers in attendance included Joan Breith, Ronald Weir, Robert Hanneman, Clinton Bowman, Mark Sherman, and Keith Mensch along with Mayor Tommy Hicks.
The next meeting will be held on Monday, March 16, in the Council chambers starting at 7pm.