OVILLA — A complaint filed against Ovilla City Council member James Wade has been dismissed. Wade had been the subject of a complaint filed by fellow council member Tom Leverentz.
According to a letter of disposition, the council’s relations/governance found that Wade did not have the intent Leverentz referred to in his complaint referencing the downtown sewer project and Wade’s request to revisit the city’s volunteering ordinance. Leverentz is a volunteer fireman with the Ovilla Fire Department.
Typically, the subcommittee would include Mayor Bill Vansyckle and Mayor Pro Tem Tom Leverentz. With the latter having filed the complaint, council member Richard Dormier served in his stead relating to this particular issue.
The subcommittee’s letter did request Wade revisit Texas Local Government Code to make a personal determination whether there is any possible conflict of interest on any matter relating to the sewer project that would impact his local business.
“ … if such conflict exists, (Wade) should respond accordingly,” the letter reads.
In releasing a copy of the letter to the media, Wade said via e-mail, “My only comment on the results is the sewer project. If I pay for the sewer myself, what vote would the city have for me to be concerned about? It would be a different story if the city would upgrade its own infrastructure. I do not see that happening anywhere in the near future.
“Other than that, I do believe I have been vindicated,” he said.