Meza, Collins voted out at commission meeting

first_imgBy ESTEVAN MEDRANOPort Isabel-South Padre [email protected] Isabel City Attorney Robert Collins and City Manager Ed Meza were voted out by the City Commission on Tuesday during an eventful special meeting which was once again filled to capacity with local residents. The commission previously voted to remove commissioners Juan Jose “J.J.” Zamora and Martin C. Cantu from office, but a court-ordered decision allowed them to participate and vote on the session’s items.A narrow 3 to 2 vote effectively terminated the legal services between Robert Collins and the City of Port Isabel. Cantu, Zamora and newly elected commissioner, Jeffery D. Martinez voted in favor of the motion while Mayor Joe E. Vega and Commissioner Maria de Jesus Garza voted against. Attorney Gilbert Hinojosa, who represented Cantu and Zamora during last month’s court proceedings, was appointed as the replacement city attorney. Collins was not present at the meeting.Also passed was an item to vacate any findings made by the commission on April 13 when Cantu and Zamora were unseated from office. The motion to rescind any action to remove them passed with the same 3 to 2 vote count.Want the whole story? Pick up a copy of the Port Isabel-South Padre Press, or subscribe to our E-Edition by clicking here. Share RelatedTEMPERS FLARE: City commission meeting tense in wake of ongoing litigationBy ESTEVAN MEDRANO Port Isabel-South Padre Press [email protected] In the weeks leading up to the Port Isabel election, city commission meeting attendance has increased from a handful of regular attendees to a near or above full capacity presence of local residents. Before City Attorney Robert Collins could begin making a summary…May 8, 2015In “News”Injunction granted: Court decision temporarily reinstates ousted city commissionersBy ESTEVAN MEDRANO Port Isabel-South Padre Press [email protected] A court hearing was held last Friday at the Cameron County 444th District Court regarding a temporary injunction being sought by Port Isabel commissioners Juan Jose “J.J.” Zamora and Martin C. Cantu to allow them to continue serving on the city commission. Zamora…May 1, 2015In “News”BREAKING: City commission brouhaha continuesBy DINA ARÉVALO Port Isabel-South Padre Press [email protected] “We will hold tonight’s special meeting,” said Port Isabel City Commissioner Martin C. Cantu in a signed letter delivered to the PRESS Tuesday. The letter, and the affirmation, comes after several days of back and forth between commissioners Cantu and Juan Jose “J.J.”…May 19, 2015In “News”last_img read more