Silsbee City Council members Gary Strahan (left to right), Adalaide Balaban, Sue Bard, Mayor Herbert Muckleroy, Thomas Tyler, Jim Willis, and Chris Barnes.
The Silsbee City Council met Monday evening, January 23, at the council chambers to discuss and approve three resolutions relating to election procedures in the coming year.
First on the agenda, was the approval of Resolution No. 17-02 which will provide procedures for candidates for the City of Silsbee election on May 6, 2017.
At issue, “elections for the following: a council member at large; place II, a council member District C, council member District D, and the mayor,” Mayor Herbert Muckleroy said.
Discussion about the dates for early voting followed in which Council Member Thomas Tyler requested that Silsbee includes a Saturday date to accommodate the public.
Members determined that the early voting dates include April 24 through April 27 from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. with additional dates of April 28-29 from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. Election Day is May 6 at the Silsbee Community Center from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. Resolution 17-02 passed unanimously.
Second on the agenda was Resolution 17-03, proposed to allow for the joint election of the city along with the Silsbee Independent School District on May 6, 2017.
Council Member Tyler noted that Silsbee City and the School District do not share the same boundaries as entities, causing confusion for voters in previous joint elections.
City Attorney Harry Wright offered clarification saying that the schools are mandated by state law to carry out elections in conjunction with either the county or the schools in the same polling place. This year, elections are citywide.
Resolution 17-03 passed with a single dissenting vote by Council Member Tyler.
The final agenda item Resolution 17-01 allows that the city participates with other Entergy Service area cities in matters concerning the service provider at the Public Utility Commission of Texas. This too passed unanimously.
In other matters, Entergy representative Sam Bethea provided a brief overview of the utility’s conversion to a new accounting system for customer service.
“The good news is, this will put our Texas service area on the same accounting system as the other states….the bad news is, (the bill) will always have a due on it and the amount that you owe,” said Bethea.
The system conversion will be completed by the end of March 2017.