Q&A: Sara Post-Meyer talks about being first woman mayor in Cuero
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CUERO - About a month after taking the oath of office as Cuero's first woman mayor, Sara Post-Meyer sat down with Advocate ranging reporter Sonny Long and talked about the challenge of the position.
The former school teacher, settled comfortably in her newly decorated office in the city's administration building, answered questions about her new job.
Q: Are things going the way you thought they might?
A: On a regular, day-to-day basis, it's been delightful. There have been a couple of situations that have occurred that I never would have dreamed of happening. It's nice to have people in place to deal with those things in a professional manner. That's been a pleasant surprise.
Q: So you are pleased with the staff that's in place in the city?
A: Very pleased, especially with how they responded to a couple of emergency situations. Mother Nature came in and took away some electricity from a large part of the city one night. It was all back up and running within a couple of hours. It was nice to see the crews out that fast. And the police were out because some traffic lights were out.
Q: It sounds like you feel confident.
A: I don't think there's anything that comes up in the next couple of years that we can't handle. Everybody that works for the city are thoughtful decision makers. They are trained. They know what they can do. The council is a good group of people. They know where this community needs to go and we'll just move it in that direction.
Q: Has there been one thing or one situation that has been a surprise so far? Something you weren't expecting?
A: Yes. The shooting of the young man by the policeman. Those situations are tragic for everyone involved. I think the police department has handled things well. We hope we will be able to mend and deal with the other consequences that come along with it as well as we can.
Q: How do you make yourself accessible to the citizens of Cuero who might have either concerns or ideas to better the city?
A: The city is open from 8 o'clock in the morning until 5 in the afternoon. They can call and make an appointment. I come to the office usually twice a week, once in the morning and once in the afternoon. I have a city-issued cell phone, so if they need to get in touch with me immediately, the city can call that cell phone. There's also an e-mail address. I am out and about in the community with various organizations and activities. I shop at the local grocery store twice a week. I've learned to take a pad and pen with me to write down names, addresses and concerns.
Q: What do you see as the biggest challenges ahead for Cuero?
A: Infrastructure, streets, the wastewater treatment plant. We also need to clean this community up, get rid of the dilapidated structures and overgrown lots.
Q: The Cuero city council has had a history of some decisiveness and controversy. What can you do as mayor, the one who presides over council meetings, do to keep that in check?
A: The city council members, at this point in time, are individuals who respect each other and respect the governmental process of the public coming to you with maybe a different opinion. In my classroom at school, I always had a big wooden paddle. I can always pull that out if I need to.