In August, Rosenberg City Council members adopted a travel and expense reimbursement policy for the mayor and council.
But the issue hasn’t been put to bed quite yet.
At Tuesday’s workshop meeting, council members will once again discuss the travel and expense reimbursement policy for council members so that they may be reimbursed for reasonable and necessary expenses.
Mayor Bill Benton initially placed this item on the agenda. When this item was placed on the agenda at the last workshop meeting, it was tabled.
City Secretary Danyel Swint said that council members are treated like city employees in that they are required to fill out a travel expense form in which they will receive reimbursement.
She added that each council member is alloted a total of $4,490 for travel, telecommunication, subscriptions and business expenses per year.
According to city staff, Benton requested that the per diem meal allowance for all city employees be discussed at the workshop.
Council member Isaac Davila explained that he initially placed this item on the agenda in early August because council members didn’t have to show any kind of receipts or record when it came to traveling.
He also accused council member Jacob Balderas of misusing travel funds.
“Last year, (council member Jacob) Balderas went to Midland, Texas,” Davila said at a previous council meeting. “We reimbursed him $650 for mileage and per diem. He went to attend a Main Street Program (seminar) and (Midland) doesn’t have (a Main Street Program).”
Balderas explained that Midland has a nonprofit that handles Main Street matters.
In other business, Rosenberg Police Chief Jonathan White will give his monthly police department report and Animal Control Director Mara Hartsell will present the monthly animal shelter report.
Council members will also discuss policies and procedures for traffic calming.
Council member Kevin Raines requested council discuss the speed hump policy at the last regular meeting.
According to city policy, at least 75 percent of the property owners/residents must be in support of the change in order to proceed with the instillation.
“I was looking at the policy on it,” Raines explained last week. “It was drafted in 2015. We need to look back and visit it. I think 75% is pretty extreme. Some of the houses were vacant and it skews the numbers.”
The meeting, slated to begin at 6:30 p.m., will be held via Zoom teleconference.