A second complaint by a city employee has been filed against Mayor Christopher Perricone, this one from City Clerk Peggy Clifton. It is set to be discussed in closed session.
Mineral Wells City Council is scheduled to meet in regular session at 6 p.m. Tuesday, Aug. 20, in the City Council Chambers at the City Hall Annex, 115 S.W. 1st Street.
The Index on Friday afternoon requested a copy of the complaint. In May, council resolved a formal complaint against Perricone filed by Finance Director John Moran, claiming the mayor leaked confidential closed session information regarding the city manager search. Moran was one of five finalists for the position that went to Randy Criswell.
Perricone remains the subject of Texas Rangers investigation concerning an allegation of felony perjury regarding sworn testimony given by the mayor at an appraisal district review board hearing where he successfully helped Precision Ammunition win an appeal challenging its property valuation.
The mayor is also the subject of a citizens recall effort, with petitions currently circulating throughout the city to meet an Aug. 30 deadline to obtain 1,828 signatures of registered voters and force his resignation or an election.
Along with the city manager, the city clerk is also hired by council. Clifton and her evaluation has been the subject of closed session discussion on several agendas over the past couple of months. Perricone has been at odds with the city clerk over records and information requests.
A closed session item on Tuesday’s agenda also deals with the mayor’s and council member’s “roles and duties.”
Tuesday’s agenda reads as follows:
• Call to order.
• Invocation – Pastor Kirk Horton of the Well of Life Church of Mineral Wells.
• Pledges of Allegiance to U.S. and Texas flags.
1. Consider approval of minutes of meeting held August 6, 2019.
2. Consider approval of budgeted expenditures over $500.
3. Consider approval of Financial Report for the month ended May 2019.
4. Consider and take action on pay request from Schrickel, Rollins, and Associates, Inc./Parkhill, Smith & Cooper, Inc. in the amount of $18,350.00 for professional engineering services on the Streets and Utilities Capital Projects.
5. Consider approval of Pay Application No. I to Peachtree Construction, Inc. in the amount of $122,136.83 for the Paving Improvements Project for Travis Drive and S.E. 12th Street.
6. Consider appointment to the Board of Adjustment/Building and Standards Commission.
7. Conduct a Public Hearing and consider and take appropriate action on recommendation from the Planning and Zoning Commission on an application for rezoning; Applicant Joe N. Moore of 1816 N.W. 1st Avenue has requested a rezone of same, Lot B BLK. 16 S & BN Addition, 0.113 Acres, City of Mineral Wells, Texas from Commercial zoning to (SF-6) Single Family 6 zoning.
8. Conduct a Public Hearing and consider and take appropriate action on recommendation from the Planning and Zoning Commission on Final Plat for Watkins Trail Acres, submitted by applicant Philip Colvin.
9. Receive an update and consider and take action on Animal Shelter Advisory Board recommendation to initiate the process to change the City Ordinance Article IV, Section 18-91 to only require rabies vaccines every three years.
10. Future agenda items/requests by council members to be on next agenda. Council members shall not comment upon, deliberate, or discuss any item that is not on the agenda.
a) § 551.071 (2): Consultation with Attorney on a matter in which the duty of the attorney to the governmental body under the Texas Disciplinary Rules of Professional Conduct of the State Bar of Texas clearly conflicts with this chapter, re: roles and duties of Mayor and City Council; City Clerk’s official complaint against the Mayor; Mayor’s request for Baker Hotel information; and open record request MW 050619CW.
b) § 551.072: Deliberate the purchase, exchange, lease, or value of real property, re: purchase of approximately 4.027 acres of land for the Public Works Department.
c) §551.074: Deliberation regarding the appointment, evaluation, reassignment, duties, discipline or dismissal of a public officer or employee and/or to hear a complaint or charge against the mayor.
In accordance with Texas Government Code, Chapter 551, the City Council will reconvene into Regular Session to consider action, if any, on matters discussed in Executive Session.