Council votes to hire municipal judge

Mauricio Julian Cuellar Jr., Jim Wells County Correspondent

The Premont City Council met last week at City Hall with various issues on the platform.

Mayor Norma Tullas began the meeting with good news for the city.

"Our water is good," Tullos declared according to the 2006 Public Drinking Water Report.

Meanwhile, former mayor Mario Rodriguez was in attendance as the city council voted to separate the positions of mayor and municipal judge.

Rodriguez, who had served both positions after the retiring of Judge Ruben Champion, saw the council vote 6-0 and believed that Mayor Tullos did not want the responsibility of municipal judge.

Rodriguez served both positions for a period of six months with no additional pay; however, the council voted to pay $11 per hour for the appointed position.

The revised ordinance was not available at press time.

The council members also voted on a number of issues including to take no action on city funding for the Diez y Seis de Septiembre festival conducted by the Chamber of Commerce.

Chamber VP Eloy Cantu did not have particulars on the amount being requested, although council members noted they had help to fund this event in the past.

Finally, City Secretary Iris Flores was approved to attend a legislative update to discuss municipal court in Irvin next month.

Flores said she had never attended the session and council members voted 6-0 to send Flores and city clerk Susan Pena at the complete cost of the city.