Gonzales City Manager resigns

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Gonzales City Council accepted the resignation of City Manager Sean Lally on Tuesday night, following a scheduled executive session.

Councilman District 4 Dan Blakemore made the motion to accept the resignation of Sean Lally as City Manager of the City of Gonzales.

β€œTo do so under his agreement I make a motion to enter into a mutual voluntary separation and release agreement as approved by Mr. Lally and our legal counsel under section 5.1 (a) of his agreement as further part of the motion as provided by City Charter section 4.01 (b) to appoint Tim Patek as Interim City Manager," Blakemore said.

Councilman District 1 Gary Schroeder seconded the motion. Mayor Connie Kacir asked for roll call on the matter and all voted in favor.

Lally was with the city just shy of one year. His first day in the office was Jan. 17, 2017.

Upon arriving in the city Lally made rounds in Gonzales, meeting as many people as he could. Lally said he was "thrilled to be a part of Gonzales."

After being in the city for a week Lally said "It is an honor and a privilege to be a part of this great city."

Lally often sang his praises on the dedication of the city's many employees. After being on the job for just a few days he said, "the staff here is incredible."

"The city's employees are dedicated, bar-none," he said.

When Lally came to Gonzales it was on the heels of change. The city was in transition and fighting fiscally.

"My primary charge is to bring Gonzales back into fiscal health," Lally said last year. "All organizations need improvement. I was hired here to be part of a solution and not part of any continued problems."

While Lally was here he helped work to balance the city's budget and aided council in the decision to increase rates and lessen expenditures across the board.

Lally came to Gonzales from the township of Monroeville, Pa., a suburb of Pittsburgh, where he was Chief Financial Officer. Before that he was the elected controller for Fayette County, Pa.

Public Works Director, Tim Patek will act as Interim City Manager.

The Inquirer attempted to make contact with city officials, including the mayor, but no comment on Lally's departure, or Patek's appointment were received as of press time.

In other business council made an ordinance amendment to Section 13.211 Disconnection of Service for Nonpayment, to be written as:

"If any bill is not paid by or before that date, a second bill will be mailed on the day following the initial due date, containing a cutoff notice that if the bill is not paid within ten days of the mailing of the second bill, service will be discontinued for nonpayment; and"

The former disconnection ordinance was written as:

"If any bill is not paid by or before that date, a second bill will be mailed containing a cutoff notice that if the bill is not paid within ten days of the mailing of the second bill, service will be discontinued for nonpayment; and"

Council also amended Ordinance Section 13.212 Resumption of Service, to be written as:

"Any consumer of the utility services furnished by the city whose utility services have been disconnected or terminated for the nonpayment of the rates and charges therefor may have such utility services resumed by paying all rates, charges, deposits and penalties due by the customer to the city plus a reconnection fee set by the city from time to time. The amount due shall not include any amounts for which a bill has not yet been received by the customer."

The resumption code was previously written as: "Any consumer of the utility services furnished by the city whose utility services have been disconnected or terminated for the nonpayment of the rates and charges therefor may have such utility services resumed by paying all rates, charges and penalties due by him to the city plus a reconnection fee set by the city from time to time.”

Council conducted a Public Hearing on the matter of the amendments. There was no public participation.

Also under ordinances, council approved: Ordinance #2018-1 adopting a Budget Amendment for the 2017-2018 Fiscal Year by decreasing Capital Expenditures in the Solid Waste Fund; Ordinance #2018-3 Ordering a General Municipal Election to be Held on May 5, 2018, for the Purpose of Electing One City Council member for Single Member District No. 1 and One City Councilmember for Single Member District No. 2; and, Ordinance #2018-4 Closing and Abandoning to the abutting Property Owners Portions of Certain Unimproved Streets

Under Resolutions council approved: Resolution #2018-1 Authorizing the City Manager to Execute an Agreement with Texas Youth Rodeo Association (TYRA); Resolution #2018-2 Declaring the Golf Equipment (Vert- Drain Level Spike) as Surplus and Authorizing the Sale or Exchange of Said Property; and, Resolution #2018-3 Authorizing the Appointment of James M. Hamilton to the Gonzales Economic Development Corporation.

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