The move comes following a string of actions that have served to replace former Council Member Bill Goodwin, who resigned from his position on the WCTPUA board March 30.
Goodwin's resignation came two days after a tumultuous March 28 special called City Council meeting, during which he resigned as mayor of Bee Cave but stayed on as a council member.
"It was obvious to me that City Council had lost their faith in my judgement," Goodwin said of his March 30 resignations. "So I think I should afford them the opportunity to name their own appointees [to the EDB and WTCPUA].
Bee Cave, which is allowed two representatives to the PUA board, nominated Jack Creveling to replace Goodwin, but the Lakepoint Municipal Utility District rejected that nomination and claimed that Creveling, who is affiliated with CCNG Inc., one of the companies developing the 80-acre multiuse project called The Village at Spanish Oaks in south Bee Cave, had a conflict of interest due to his occupation.
According to the bylaws of the WTCPUA, three entities have representation on the its board: Hays County and Bee Cave each have two, and Lakepointe MUD has one. Hays County and Bee Cave only need majority approval from the other two entities' governmental bodies for one of their representatives. The other nominee can be placed on the board without approval from the other two entities. Because of its minority representational status on the board, Lakepointe MUD does not need approval for its one representative on the PUA.
As a workaround to the PUA's bylaws and to get Creveling on the board, Bee Cave City Council voted in May to remove its other PUA representative, Don Walden, and replace him with Creveling.
With Creveling appointed to the board in the spot that does not require approval, council then voted to nominate Council Member Jon Cobb to take the other spot; however, the Lakepointe MUD board voted June 15 against his appointment.
According to information from the city of Bee Cave, the next Lakepointe MUD meeting is prior to the next City Council session, July 28, 2020. If council wanted to have another potential appointee seated prior to the July WTCPUA meeting, action had to be taken at the June 23 meeting.
Garza and Walden applied for the appointment in the run-up to the June 23 nomination. Cobb and Council Member Kevin Hight made a point of praising Walden as a candidate, and Mayor Kara King said Walden is a good friend of hers who has done much great work for the city of Bee Cave in numerous capacities, but in the end, council awarded Garza the nomination in a unanimous vote.