Votes will be canvassed and a councilman requesting to remove a member of the planning commission

City of San Angelo

In Tuesday’s City Council meeting the votes from the July 2 runoff elections will be canvassed and Councilman Bill Richardson will present a written letter explaining why he wants Ryan Smith removed from the Planning Commission. 

In the July 2 runoff election, Frank Carter received 67.08 percent of the vote to win the police chief election over Tim Vasquez, who received 32.92 percent of the vote.

Lane Carter will take over Single Member District 5’s City Council seat. Carter won the runoff election with 53.21 percent of the vote beating out incumbent Elizabeth Grindstaff who received 46.79 percent of the vote.

Canvassing votes is a routine action required by the election code. In a report to Council, the expense of the election was shared on a prorata basis with the Wall Independent School District. The base estimate is $27,500.

Also on the agenda is an item for the public hearing and consideration of the removal of Ryan Smith from the planning commission, requested by Councilman Bill Richardson.

In a memo to the City, an ordinance states that:

“Members of the planning commission may be removed by the mayor with the approval of the city council after a public hearing and for cause assigned in writing. Any member who fails to attend at least two thirds (2/3) of the meetings in any one-year period shall be deemed to have automatically resigned from office, unless such absences were excused as set forth in the planning commission by laws.”

Council member Richardson indicated to City Clerk Bryan Kendrick that he will present the entire City Council with written cause on July 12, 2016.

San Angelo City Council meets Tuesday at 8:30 a.m. at the McNease Convention Center, 501 Rio Concho Drive.