SOUTHEAST TEXAS — Southeast Texans went to the polls Tuesday to make decisions in city council races, bond elections and propositions.
In Lumberton, voters approved Proposition A to allow the Municipal Utility District (MUD) to spend $74 million dollars to build a new waste treatment plant for the rapidly growing area.
Voters approved a $1.4 million proposition to construct a new concession building in the Hamshire-Fannett ISD. The current building is falling apart and too dangerous to use, according to the district, jeopardizing funding for HFISD sports.
In Bevil Oaks, voters chose Barbara Emmons, who is currently the Ward 2 councilwoman, as the new mayor, over Jennifer Joyce, who is a student.
Louis Bud Merendino defeated two other candidates, including the incumbent, Phillip Neichoy, to win the Ward 1 seat.
In Ward 3, Mayor pro tem Doug Mullins defeated Cherilyn Mitchell.
In Groves, Rob Vensel is in a runoff with Barbara Edington for the Ward 3 council seat.
Voters in Grove approved two propositions. Proposition A allows for collective bargaining for firefighters, meaning they could negotiate contracts with the city.
Proposition B allows for binding arbitration, which means if the city and firefighters fail to reach an agreement on a contract, they would allow an outside authority to hear the arguments and make a decision that would be binding between the city and firefighters.
Those same propositions are on the ballot in Port Neches where voters approved them.
Voters in Hardin County rejected a two cent sales tax to fund improvements in ESD#1 and ESD#5.
Written by KFDM/FOX4