Members of the Sonora City Council met Monday, May 16, 2022 to canvass votes and discuss the vacancy on the council.

City Manager Art Fuentes opened the meeting by announcing that on June 21, 2022 Fuel Me along with the City of Sonora will be holding a grand opening for the fuel station located at the airport. He also noted that they had taken a load of scrap metal including meters that had been pulled, to the junk yard and made about $3,000.

Mayor Juanita Gomez, along with councilmen, canvassed the election results. With a vote of 68-7 the city will adopt resolution No. 2022-R-05. The resolution simply states that the funds allocated give the city permission to continue to use them on fixing and maintaining city streets.

Mayor Gomez expressed the need to appoint a replacement to cover the 1 year term left by former councilmen Harold Martinez. Within the next month she asks that names be given to Fuentes of good qualified individuals that were interested.

The council could opt out of finding a replacement but if any of the other three members were unable to attend, there would be no quorum therefore no meeting to handle business. For the benefit of the city the position needs to be filled.

Chief of Police Pete Garcia announced that animal control officer Sarah Webb will be attending an eight hour euthanization course in Arlington on May 24, 2022. With Webb getting this certification this will help the city save some costs. Fuentes added this will be a plus for the city because Gibbeons will be retiring soon.

He also notified that one of the officers will be leaving Sonora PD at the end of the month and return to Kerrville. Garcia has already began the search for a replacement. He and Fuentes have had discussions of possibly offering the homegrown program or something similar. This would hopefully help build the force.

Garcia closed his report by saying, “The community has been very welcoming. Every time I turn a corner there is a new hand to shake.”
After meeting with a representative from Public Management and looking over proposals. Fuentes gave his recommendation on awarding the engineering contract to DRP. The grant comes through the 2022TxCDBG-Downtown Revitalization/Main Street Program. It would be used to improve sidewalks and bring them up to being ADA accessible.

The council rounded out the meeting by voting in favor of moving the next meeting to Tuesday, June 21, 2022 at 6 p.m. due to the holiday.
Mayor Juanita Gomez presided over the meeting along with councilmen Mike Sanchez, Lionel Cervantez, Jr. and Darrell Barker.

City council meetings are open to the public and the public is encouraged to attend.