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Martinez to serve remainder of Pruski’s Poth mayoral term
WILLIAM J. GIBBS JR./Reprints at wilsoncountynews.com
Former Poth Mayor Travis Pruski (right) administers the oath of office to Mayor Paul Martinez Oct. 21, following his appointment to succeed Pruski in that post. Martinez will serve out the remainder of Pruski’s unexpired term, which ends in May 2014.
POTH -- Paul Martinez, who served previously as the mayor pro tem of the Poth City Council, now is that city’s mayor. This, after the council at its Oct. 21 meeting approved the resignation of former Mayor Travis Pruski.
The council also voted that Councilman Jason Smolka will replace Martinez as mayor pro tem. Keith Rodgers was tapped to fill Martinez’s vacant council seat.
Both Rodgers and Martinez will serve until May 2014, when both will be eligible to run for election to the seats.
The former mayor will, however, continue to assist the city as its financial advisor, after the council voted to amend the city’s investment policy to reflect that change.
In other business, Public Works Supervisor Kenneth “Buck” Griffin informed the council that delays continue for reconstruction of Voges Street. He said the contractor, Falls City-based Pruski Hauling -- no familial relation to the former mayor -- was supposed to already have installed new water and sewer pipes before laying new base material and applying new asphalt.
Griffin said representatives from the company and a subcontractor repeatedly have not shown up to perform work on days when they indicated someone would. Travis Pruski informed the Wilson County News Oct. 24 that workers from Pruski Hauling had begun the project that morning and pledged to return each day until it is complete.
Poth City Council meeting Oct. 21. In attendance: Mayor Paul Martinez and councilmen Jason Smolka, Darren Dylla, Eric Ramirez, and Keith Rodgers; former Mayor Travis Pruski, City Secretary Rose Huizar, City Clerk Misty Fish, City Engineer Dean Bayer, City Attorney Acie McAda, Municipal Judge Hilda Tejada, Lt. Troy Phillips of the Poth Police Department, and Public Works Supervisor Kenneth “Buck” Griffin.
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