Beaumont City Councilman Michael Getz has demanded that discussion by his fellow council members about him take place in public, rather than in executive session, KFDM reported.
Getz said he was surprised that an executive session had been scheduled at Tuesday’s meeting for council members to talk about him.
“It seems to derive from the fact that I contacted [the Federal Emergency Management Agency] to get clarification on the rules and how funding that the City of Beaumont is able to receive from Hurricane Harvey damage is to be utilized,” he told the TV station.
Beaumont has $19 million in federal aid left over from what it spent for bank stabilization at Riverfront Park after Hurricane Harvey tore through the city. Although some city leaders suggested the money be used to purchase property or relocate city hall, Getz said FEMA told him the funds could only be used to repair damage caused by the hurricane.
City Manager Kyle Hayes told 12NEWS that the call “undermined” the council.
The council now plans to discuss Getz’s actions in public during a Dec. 3 meeting.
Mayor Becky Ames released a statement to 12NEWS that said the purpose of the executive session was to address Getz’s actions “on several occasions” and was not disciplinary in nature.
“The reason for the closed session request was to address this issue privately out of respect for Mr. Getz, which is legal and acceptable,” she said. “I will reserve my comments for the public hearing as requested by the councilmember, out of fairness to him.”