Rosenberg City Council member Jacob Balderas didn’t have to worry about missing this week’s council meeting. But that’s only because it was canceled.
At the aforementioned meeting, council members were scheduled to take action on the attendance of Balderas as it relates to city charter.
Councilman Isaac Davila brought this item to council at the beginning of the month.
“I think we should recommend Jacob resigns so we can fill the (At-Large Position 1) seat,” he told the council Feb. 2.
“We have three months until (the May 1 election) and we do need a seventh person (on the council).”
According to the city’s rules of procedure, “If a member of City Council shall be absent from three regularly scheduled meetings without a valid excuse, the member shall at the discretion of City Council, forfeit his/her office.”
And in the city charter it states, “The city council shall determine its own rules of procedure and may compel the attendance of its members.”
Davila brought this to council’s attention because Balderas missed three out of the last four meetings prior to the Feb. 2 meeting. However, the absences were not consecutive.
Tuesday’s meeting has been rescheduled for Feb. 23, where council members will have the opportunity to discuss and take action on this issue.
Balderas did not re-file for the May 1 election. He has served on council since 2017. Balderas was elected at just 19, making him the youngest elected official in the state of Texas at that time.
Next week’s meeting will be held via Zoom teleconference at 6:30 p.m.
Citizens will not be allowed to attend council meetings, but can still ask questions via letters, telephone or email.
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Meetings can be watched live on the city’s YouTube Channel “RosenbergTXGov,” on the city’s website at www.rosenbergtx.gov/tv, and on Comcast Channel 16 for residents within the city limits.