Anyone who’s attended a Rosenberg City Council meeting knows that passion often overrules reason in the council chambers. And Tuesday night’s meeting was no exception.
After more than two hours of discussion and debate at the most recent workshop meeting, things got heated when council members reached the final three agenda items of the evening.
It all started when council member Steven DeGregorio made a motion to table the sixth item on the agenda.
Council members were slated to review an update on the animal shelter’s Trap Neuter Return program, but DeGregorio said he wasn’t provided the necessary documents to feel comfortable discussing it.
Although council member Isaac Davila and Mayor Bill Benton expressed interest in discussing the item, DeGregorio’s motion passed 5-2. The item was tabled.
Immediately after, council member Richard Olson said he’d want to table items seven and eight.
The council was set to discuss assistance for veterinarian services from Fort Bend County, followed by the travel and expense reimbursement policy for council members so that they may be reimbursed for reasonable and necessary expenses.
“I mean why not?” Davila asked. “Why not just take over the whole meeting, Richard? The four horsemen of the apocalypse, take all you need.
“Why don’t you go drink a couple bottles of alcohol? End the meeting so you can go drink?”
Olson said that sounded like a good idea.
DeGregorio warned Davila about making accusations without proof.
“It’s on the agenda and we’re here,” Benton protested. “I don’t like to blow stuff off and put it off.”
“Mayor, some people are too lazy to look at their packets and prepare for the meeting,” Davila said.
Olson told Davila to calm down and, “have a drink.”
“It seems like council meetings are inconveniences for these council guys. They need to go to a bar and get drunk,” Davila retorted.
DeGregorio asked Davila to grow up and act more professionally.
“I’m tired of this fiasco,” council member Tim Anders emphasized. “This is embarrassing.”
The mayor reminded council that these items that were tabled will return at the next council workshop meeting, which will be held Sept. 27.
“This just kicks the can down the road,” Benton finished.
The next regular Rosenberg City Council meeting will be held Sept. 1 via Zoom teleconference.
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