Mineral Wells Mayor Christopher Perricone has sued the City of Mineral Wells, citing a number of alleged wrongdoings by city council and officials including violating his constitutional rights to due process, his ability to set agendas and call special meetings and asking the court to define the word "deal."
The suit was filed late Monday in the 415th State District Court in Parker County, presided over by Judge Graham Quisenberry. The suit contends that "Parker County is the county in which all or a substantial part of the events or omissions giving rise to this claim."
Mineral Wells City Attorney Andy Messer learned of the lawsuit just before the beginning of Tuesday's scheduled city council meeting. He requested, and received, a 15-minute recess to review the suit and its potential impact on certain agenda items.
Based on Messer's recommendations, council tabled four agenda items dealing with council interacting with city staff and employees, clarifications on meeting decorum, placing items on future agendas and a closed session item regarding council members' ability to review certified agendas and recordings.
A copy of the lawsuit filed by Mineral Wells Mayor Christopher Perricone against the City of Mineral Wells.
Perricone declined to comment to the Index during the meeting about the lawsuit or even stating where it was filed. He directed all questions to his San Antonio-based attorney David Earl of Earl & Associates, who filed the suit on Perricone's behalf.
Perricone cites actions involving American Precision Ammunition and his wanting to investigate matters surrounding the termination of the tax abatement agreement; the complaint filed against him by City Clerk Peggy Clifton; council's censure of the mayor stemming from that complaint; restrictions on the mayor setting special meetings and agenda items without needing a second council member support an agenda item; and asking the court to define the word "deal" as used in Section 28 of the city charter.
The suit seeks awards of damages, judgment interest, court costs, attorneys fees and other relief as determined by the court.
The original petition is 12 pages and length followed by 29 pages of supporting documents and records.
As a result of the mayor's suit and tabling of agenda items, council was unable Tuesday to consider requests from citizen Terri Blevins to have two items placed on a future council agenda – one to make Mineral Wells a Second Amendment sanctuary city and a request to explain the city's memorandum of understanding with the Baker Hotel developers and the potential costs to taxpayers.