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2015-12-24

More heads to roll in city hall?

By Judith Pannebaker BCC Editor

(Editor's note: Last spring, a prominent Bandera businesswomen accused me of "trying to destroy the city." I submit the city needs no assistance; it is rapidly imploding all by itself. As WB Yeats wrote in his 1919 poem, "The Second Coming" - "Things fall apart; the centre cannot hold." Does anybody have a petition for unincorporation?)
Several weeks ago, Lamar Schulz was terminated as administrator for the City of Bandera. During a meeting on Thursday, Dec. 17, city council unanimously approved his "severance package" for his 18 months on the job.
During a special meeting on Thursday, Dec. 10, Bandera Deputy Marshal Willie Smith was the subject of an executive session regarding "... the appointment, employment, evaluation, reassignment, duties, discipline, or dismissal and-or hear a complaint of charge about: a Deputy Marshal." After reconvening in open session, council voted unanimously to take no action on the matter - whatever it was.
During another special city council on Tuesday, Dec. 22, City Secretary Karen Chesler and Code Inspector were both terminated. A more detailed account of the protracted executive sessions and the eventual disposition of the former city employees will be published in the Dec. 31 edition of the Courier, so stay tuned.
On Friday, Dec. 18, Chesler was divested of her keys to the municipal building. She was also to leave the premises and placed on "probation," pending results of Tuesday's special called meeting. In lieu of a city secretary, Mayor John Hegemier, who is also acting city administrator, posted the meeting agenda under his name.
In a telephone call to city hall the afternoon of Monday, Dec. 21, confirmed that Chesler was not on duty, but the Courier was informed she might be back "Wednesday or maybe next week." Apparently, she won't be.
On a more positive note, an unidentified man recently called the newspaper to expound about an exemplary job a city employee had done cleaning the men's restroom at Western Heritage Park. At least someone is doing his - or her - job on the city payroll.
As stated previously, the Courier ceased actively covering Bandera City Council last May, but municipal woes continue to slop into the newspaper offices - and there seems to be no end to the problems.