Victoria recall group prepares strategy
By BY DAVID TEWES - DTEWES@VICAD.COM
Jan. 10, 2010 at 10:03 p.m.
Updated Jan. 9, 2010 at 7:10 p.m.
The group trying to recall city Council Member Denise Rangel will have a public meeting Tuesday to begin planning its strategy.
Rangel was one of four city council members who voted to amend the city budget to buy 76 acres for a new sewer plant in south Victoria. The property is along Southwest Ben Jordan Street between Laurent Street and Hand Road.
Rangel represents single-member District 1, which includes the 76 acres.
Henry Perez and others who live near the property have opposed the purchase over concerns of odor, disease and lower property values. He claims Rangel deserted her constituents on the vote.
"Her promise during her campaign for office was to protect our needs," said Perez, who's spearheading the recall. "We feel that she has not represented us in any way."
Rangel said she has only heard rumors about a recall effort. She said she still believes she made the best decision, balancing the interests of those in her district with those of taxpayers citywide.
Moving it to another location would have cost $500,000 or more.
That would have raised the bills of every sewer customer in Victoria, making it a citywide issue, she said.
Rangel said another issue she believes some are missing is that the 1950s-vintage sewer plant on Willow Street would be decommissioned when the new one is built.
The Willow Street plant does have an odor problem and it affects a large number of residences, she said.