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Peñitas’ city engineer resigns

After accepting a position as interim general manager for the Agua Special Utility District, the engineer for the city of Peñitas has resigned.


Richard LeFevre was appointed to serve as the Agua SUD interim general manager in September, prompting him to resign, City Manager Omar Romero told the city council during Wednesday’s council meeting.

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“He was worried that his job in Agua would be a potential conflict of interest,” Romero said, adding he accepted LeFevre’s letter of resignation. LeFevre did not attend Wednesday’s meeting.


LeFevre, president of the McAllen-based firm, LeFevre Engineering & Management Consulting, LLC, has served as engineer for several cities across the Rio Grande Valley including Sullivan City, Alton and Weslaco, he said in a September interview after his appointment as the utility’s interim general manager.


LeFevre said at the time he planned to take a step back from his consulting firm to ensure he’d be able to dedicate his time to the utility. He said his company’s vice president would serve Peñitas during his interim employment with the utility.


Peñitas city officials are seeking to obtain a Water Certificate of Convenience and Necessity so the city can provide water services to residents without Agua SUD. Romero said before Wednesday’s meeting the city plans to conduct a feasibility study for its own water treatment. During the meeting the board unanimously voted to appoint Jose “Eddie” Saenz of the Edinburg-based firm, CSJ Group LLC, to conduct the study. Romero told the board Saenz had been instrumental in assisting with their new city hall project.


In other business, the board scheduled a second public hearing on proposed annexations to the north and south side of the city on Wednesday, Nov. 15 at 6 p.m. at the Peñitas Library. However, council members said they plan on announcing a date and time for a town hall meeting before that public hearing sometime in the near future.

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