POSTED: Tuesday, August 7, 2012 - 10:45pm
UPDATED: Wednesday, August 8, 2012 - 12:22pm
VINTON, Texas — No progress was made on providing Village of Vinton residents a public water and sewer system after three council members failed to attend the village meeting Monday evening.
Because of a lack of council members in attendance, quorum could not be established making the meeting unofficial.
"It's impossible to run a government," said Mayor Madeleine Praino, referring to the difficulties in trying to determine a majority vote with the most of council not in attendance.
Those not present were Maria Medina, Juvencia Rios-Ontiveros and Martha Garcia.
Residents are frustrated with council members who continually fail to attend when the topic of water and sewer is on the agenda.
"I just don't understand we've asked them many times we've told them we're having problems with water," said Joe Alarcon.
At 60 years old, Alarcon hauls water in 50 gallon drums to wash clothes and even shower with at times.
What is most upsetting to him is the village has been working to bring in water for quite some time.
"For two years we had been approved for sewer and water," Praino said. "Based on that the engineers had started the design of the project."
The village has to pay more than $630,000 to the design firm and have already began tightening their budget.
Furloughs are in effect for all village employees until further notice.
Praino said she wants to hold a special meeting on Monday.