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Ropes residents seek answers during meeting

Concerns, accusations and frustrations surfaced Tuesday during a tension-packed Ropesville City Council meeting.

More than 60 people turned up for the meeting, which had to be moved to the senior citizens center because of limited space at city hall.

However, no action was taken due to a lack of a quorum.

Aldermen Robert Gonzales and Ernest Montes attended the meeting while Delinda Delgado and Carmen Portillo were absent.

It was the second time in two weeks that no action could be taken due to a lack of a quorum.
A meeting called for March 12 was canceled because not  enough council members could attend.

Mayor Chris Bratcher told residents Tuesday that they could ìstill have a discussion.

There were plenty of things on the minds of the public.

Brenda Rabel told the crowd that she had been gathering extensive financial information on the city since last August.

Rabel claimed the following ìproblems in city government.:

* The cityís last audit was performed in 2013.

* Ropesville has been cited for violations by the Texas Commission on Environmental Quality.

* There have been recent utility billing errors.

* Loan payments have been less than authorized by the council.

* The city is past due on what it owes to Republic Services for garbage service.

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