SAPASMA has a new board
By Antonio De Jesús Aguado
Finally, SAPASMA (the water and drainage authority in San Miguel de Allende) has a new board of directors, which could not be appointed during the 2009–2012 administration. It was sworn in during a special city council session on October 31.
According to SAPASMA’s regulations, the council must administer the system for a three-year term, although the last council managed the system for three years and seven months, because in February this year the administration then headed by Mayor Luz María Núñez published a call to establish the council but the PAN city councilors in a press conference proclaimed the call was a sham “because in a private meeting with the coordinators of each party (Manuel Rosas, PRD; Martín Salgado Cacho, PRI; and Alfonso Sauto, PAN) Mayor Núñez proposed that each party on the city council suggest two candidates for every position on the SAPASMA board, and from every two candidates they would select one. For the PVEM party, which is represented by only one city councilor, a supernumerary position would be offered.”
Núñez responded to those declarations, saying, “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 I had tried to manipulate a situation in the water system, when I have demonstrated that I am interested in having citizens with initiative. . . . 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.” On April 13, a city council session was held and the change of the council was proposed, but the city council could not reach an agreement. According to then assistant mayor Claudo Mayer, in the city council there were two factions, one that wanted to have a SAPASMA board made of citizens and another that wanted to populate the board with their friends.
The new council
On October 31, the new SAPASMA board was approved and sworn in by Mayor Mauricio Trejo. It is made up of José Ulises Valenzuela Delgado as president, Luis Octavio Pérez (former candidate for mayor from the PT party in the 2012 elections) as secretary, and Alberto Mendoza Laso (former candidate for San Miguel mayor in the 2009 elections from the New Alliance Party) as treasurer. Juan Rosario Licea Perales, a member of the PRD party and former secretary of the city council, and Joaquin Hurtado Stefanonni from the PAN party also will be members of the board. City councilor José Luis Zavala Rosiles commented that the current administration did not publish a call for integrating the council because it is not stated in SAPASMA’s regulations and made it clear that the members of the council were proposed by Mayor Trejo. Although some of the members are directly related to political parties, Rosiles said that those who were approved “are persons that we already know and the mayor has been involved in business with for a long time. Besides, SAPASMA is a public utility company and must be managed as it is; every year it has an impressive surplus, while we have communities without potable water, and what we want is to generate a bigger surplus and use it during the year.”
City councilor Marta Rocío López Galván commented, “I do not see it as a politicized council. I think it well represents sanmiguelenses, and I really hope they have the same opinion. What matters is San Miguel; the political campaigns are behind us now.” She also commented that the new members are very honest, hard-working, creative and good pe