WU council meets Monday, but two will be vacationing

July 24, 2015

The West University Place City Council will meet at 6:30 p.m. Monday.

But the  council is not scheduled to discuss the employment of City Manager Michael Ross, since some members of the council will be out of town on vacation. Councilmember Brennan Reilly said, “Nothing is going to happen next week. I’m not going to be there.” Councilmember Burt Ballanfant is also on vacation and will not be at Monday night’s meeting.

The remaining three members are scheduled to discuss amending the Code of Ordinances to allow a new veterinary clinic to operate within the city limits, as well as the council’s own rules of procedure.

The council also will consider an agreement with the law firm of Linebarger, Goggan, Blair & Sampson, for the collection of outstanding municipal court fines.

Ross earlier this week withdrew his name from consideration from a list of three finalists for the job of city manager of Missouri City.

Ross made it clear in an email to the search firm working for the city of Missouri City that it is his desire to remain as city manager of West U.

Three of the newly elected city council members — Brennan Reilly, Burt Ballanfant and Bob Kelly — have made it clear in earlier meetings that they want to terminate Ross’ employment with the city of West U.

In bowing out of consideration for the Missouri City post, Ross said it is his hope that “cooler heads will prevail,” and that he would like to remain in his job with West U. He has been city manager of West U for nearly 14 years.