Brookshire will not be re-naming FM 359 North “Obama Boulevard,” at least for the time being.
Brookshire resident Eric Scott had asked that the proposal be placed on the council agenda to name the state highway in the northern part of the city for the 44th President of the U.S.
However, when the council got to the item on the agenda during last night’s meeting, Mayor Joey Vaughn said no action would be taken “because Mr. Scott could not be here tonight.”
Vaughn did not indicate when, or if, the proposal would be placed on a future agenda.
Prior to the meeting, a number of residents in the near-capacity council chambers wondered aloud why the cash-strapped city would be considering such an item at a time when it has not been able to pay its bills since April and has reportedly been struggling to meet payroll. One woman asked who would pay for the street and highway signs if the road were renamed.
“The city hasn’t been able to pay for gas for its police cars and fire trucks, hasn’t paid its insurance premiums and has a whole backlog of bills and the mayor thinks this foolishness is important,” the resident said. “It sounds to me like this guy Scott is just on some kind of ego trip with this. Does he plan on paying for the new street signs out of his pocket or does he expect the taxpayers to foot the bill to push his political views?”
Another resident pointed out Scott was a political supporter of Vaughn’s during the last municipal election, including driving Vaughn supporters to the polls to vote.
“Do you suppose if one of us asked the mayor to have a street renamed we’d have gotten the time of day out of him?” the man asked.
In other action, the council set a special workshop for Dec. 1 to consider changes to the recently-adopted city budget. Vaughn suggested the workshop after several council members offered suggestions to change the budget to help the city out of its ongoing fiscal crisis.
“I want everyone to be able to put in their suggestions,” Vaughn said.
The council also held a 20-minute closed-door evaluation of Police Chief Brandal Jackson. Jackson recently completed his first year as Brookshire’s top cop after being sworn into office last October following a lengthy – and frequently contentious – selection process.
No action was taken following the evaluation and the council adjourned moments after completing the evaluation.