Tyler City Council set to OK May election

TYLER (TYLER MORNING TELEGRAPH) - City Council members are expected Wednesday to adopt a joint resolution to hold elections with Tyler ISD, Whitehouse and Smith County on May 11.

The city will hold an election, not only to fill Jason Wright's seat in District 6, but for two other seats as well.

Sam Mezayek, of District 1, and Mark Whatley, of District 5 East, will be up for re-election in May in uncontested races. John Nix, 33, a Lubbock native who has lived in Tyler since 2001, will run for the vacated District 6 seat. Mezayek has not yet filed his paperwork to run again in his district, Assistant City Manager Susan Guthrie said. Ralph Caraway, who represents District 3, will not run again because of term limits, and Edward Don "Ed" Moore, 65, filed in January to run for that seat.

Karen Nelson, elections administrator for Smith County, said Monday the county does not have any scheduled elections for May at this time, but that could change after March 1.

Municipalities within the county have until March 1 to call an election and file for a place on the ballot, she said. "Therefore, I will not know which entities may or may not be able to cancel their election due to no candidates filing, until after this date," Ms. Nelson said.

Three seats on the Tyler ISD school board are open for election. They are District 1 held by Eleno Licea; District 3 held by Therelee Washington; and District 6 held by Michelle Carr.

No one had filed for the positions as of Monday, board secretary Gina Orr said. The deadline to file is 5 p.m. March 1.

In addition, TISD is expected to have a bond election on the ballot. The board is scheduled to vote on whether to call a bond election during a Feb. 21 meeting.

The Whitehouse petition to allow beer and wine sales for off-premise consumption will go before voters in May, except for Justice of the Peace Precinct 1. Whitehouse ISD also will have an election for two school board positions, according to information from the district. Kevin Cashion will run for Place 6, and Vince Primo will run for Place 7 in the board of trustees.


More affordable housing may soon come to the northwest side of Tyler if city council members decide to lend support to the developer's application to a state housing agency on Wednesday at the meeting.

The development, called Saige Meadows, is expected be at the corner of U.S. Highway 69 north and Experimental Station Road, in northwest Tyler. The council will see a presentation from representatives of Pinnacle Housing for the proposed 90 to 95 unit complex, which may include a playground and a pool or splash pad, according to information provided by the city.

Established in 1997, Pinnacle Housing Group is a full-service real estate development company that builds affordable housing in the Southeast United States' urban centers, suburban areas and rural communities, according to its website. Pinnacle develops, builds, leases and owns affordably priced, luxury-styled apartment homes, its website stated.

According to the agenda, the council will consider a resolution supporting the complex as its makes its application to the Texas Department of Community and Housing Affairs for development.

The city's municipal rose garden also may receive a new restroom and some drainage work at a cost of $39,550, the agenda stated. A portion of that cost, $15,000, comes from a donation from the Texas Rose Festival, and the remainder will come from the city's half-cent sales tax fund.

The city council will meet at 9 a.m. Wednesday at Liberty Hall, 103 E. Erwin St.

Staff Writer Emily Guevara contributed to this report.


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