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College Station Sued Over Recall Election Date

Those behind the recall of three members of the College Station City Council haven’t stopped trying to hold the election sooner rather than later.

A lawsuit has been filed seeking to set the election based on the city charter, which would place the election no later than March 28th.

The city council is following state law in setting the date on May 14th. That would be after the council votes whether to annex Wellborn, which is tentatively set for April.

Responding to the lawsuit, a prepared release stated “The city is aware that a petition for a declaratory judgment has been filed, and we continue with plans toward calling the special recall election to occur on the uniform election date in May, in accordance with the Texas Election Code. The city will defend its position and its individual councilmembers named in the petition.”

The lawsuit, filed Friday by the five recall petition passers, names all seven members of the College Station City Council.

None of the recall targets announced they were retiring. Two of the three, Councilwoman Katy-Marie Lyles and Mayor Nancy Berry addressed the recall at Thursday’s council meeting.

CSCoun012811recall.mp3Katy-Marie Lyles and Nancy Berry.

Councilman Dave Ruesink made no comment.

On a related item, a council majority approved the next step in the Wellborn annexation process. Public hearings were set for March 22nd in Wellborn and March 24th at city hall to review costs if Wellborn is added. Jana McMillan and Jess Fields voted no.

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Posted by on Jan 28 2011. Filed under Featured Stories.

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