Mayor Núñez comments on the SAPASMA board changes

By Antonio De Jesús Aguado

On February 28, in a plenary session the city council of San Miguel de Allende agreed to the publication of the summons for changing the SAPASMA council. On February 29 the city councilors of the PAN party called a press conference to denounce the summons as a swindle. Mayor Núñez had proposed that she and the city councilors of each party (PRI, PAN and PRD) designate a councilor for the water authority, and that she would name the head of the new SAPASMA board.

In an interview with Atención, Mayor Luz María Núñez Flores noted that frequently members of the city council hold private meetings prior to the plenary sessions, and she said, “I have always wanted a citizens’ government. The way I am managing the institutions in this administration is my way of working. It would be incongruous if try to manipulate a situation in the water system, when I have demonstrated that I am interested in having citizens with initiative. Examples of this are my democratic election of delegados (rural community representatives), the president of the Tourism Council is a citizen, and I created the IMPLAN (Municipal Institute for Planning). These are real proof. My vision has always been that citizens must form the councils and should make the decisions on different matters in the municipality, with the local government directing the future of the city.”

The PAN city councilors, during their press conference, also commented that the application period given in the summons for those interested in being on the SAPASMA board was not sufficient (from March 5 through 9), but Mayor Núñez noted that the call for candidates was based on the same characteristics published in 2009 for changing the SAPASMA board. She said, “We are looking forward to receiving good profiles. The envelopes will be opened and we will elect the best, I believe, and have faith that the city councilors will be responsible and elect the best people to operate the SAPASMA. The city councilors should forget about politics now.”

The city council is made up of 10 city councilors, the mayor’s assistant and the mayor. For changing the SAPASMA board Mayor Núñez needs at least eight votes. The four PAN city councilors did not approve the summons for changing the board, so they will vote against the change. On March 8, Alonso Tomassini, city councilor from the Green Party, announced he will vote against the change of the SAPASMA board because the change of the SAPASMA board could be used to benefit a candidate in the upcoming July 1 elections. The city councilor noted that he will propose changing the board after the electoral process is over (July 2). If Mayor Núñez does not gather eight votes, then the current board will keep operating.

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