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New officials take oaths

New officials take oaths
La Vernia Mayor Harold Schott (from left) administers the oath of office May 17 to Bobby Richter and John Frederick “Johnny” Richter, who were unopposed in their bids for council seats in the May 12 election.

LA VERNIA The city has a new mayor and councilman, duly sworn in, following a May 17 canvass meeting of the La Vernia City Council.

Outgoing Mayor Harold Schott administered the oath of office to new Mayor Robert W. Gregory and councilmen Bobby Richter and John Frederick “Johnny” Richter. Bobby Richter was re-elected; he and Johnny Richter were unopposed for their council seats. Johnny Richter replaces outgoing Councilman Marie Gerlich, whose campaign to replace Schott as mayor proved unsuccessful.

“Thank you very much,” Gregory told Schott. “We appreciate your service to the community.”

City Secretary-Treasurer Angela Cantu provided the final results of the May 12 election, which were declared prior to the oaths being administered.

The canvass and declaration of the election followed a special council meeting to discuss funds in a certificate of deposit (CD) in the city’s water account. The council and Schott discussed whether to keep the funds on deposit or if all or some of the money should be used to fund a waterline repair project on D.L. Vest and San Antonio streets.

Schott advised the work is part of the city’s capital improvements plan, along with repairs to the same streets.

The feasibility of changing the current 2-inch water main on both streets to an 8-inch main before undertaking street improvements was briefly discussed. Ultimately, Councilman D. Bradford Beck proposed moving the funds $157,774 to the water savings account from the CD, and earmarking it for the project, allowing for the city to craft a plan for waterline and street improvements on both streets. He made a motion to this effect, seconded by Gerlich. The measure was approved.

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