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Alton council approves third judge for municipal court

ALTON—With no opponents filing for the city council positions up for election in May, the city council cancelled the city’s May 11 general election.

The council declared the incumbent candidates for Places 2, 3 and 4 unopposed, as they were the only ones who filed by the March 1 deadline.

The incumbents include Ricardo Garza - Place 2, Richard Arevalo - Place 3 and Emilio Cantu Jr. - Place 4. They are scheduled to take their oath on May 11, to remain on the council.

An appointment to the Alton Municipal Court was also made at the March 12 City of Alton meeting. Gus Martinez, an attorney with Linebarger, Goggan, Blair, Sampson, LLC. was appointed as an alternate municipal judge.

“We have discussed the increased activity coming from our police department and our code enforcement department. We see fit to recommend a third judge,” City Manager Jorge Arcaute said.

The city’s current municipal judge is Carlos Ortegon, and Jackie LeFevre received a promotion from alternate judge to associate judge.

The council also approved a public auction with the Alton Police Department to dispose of eight abandoned vehicles. The auction will be held at the Alton Industrial Warehouse on March 22 at 11 a.m. The vehicles will be sold as is, with no warranty and no returns.

For more information contact the Alton Police Department at 432-0700.

City council members also approved a resolution that would support the current drought situation and water delivery issues. The U.S. and Mexico entered into the 1944 Treaty that entitles the U.S. to one-third of the water that reaches the main channel of the Rio Grande River over the course of five consecutive years.

Arcaute said the resolution would show that they are unified in the area’s front to recover that water.

During Arcaute’s report on city updates, he said a meeting had been scheduled with USDA in respect to the new fire station.

“We are expecting a project scheduled,” Arcaute said. “So I think we finally have some movement there, and we should have a ground breaking in our very near future.”

The next scheduled meeting for the Alton City Council is March 26.

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