The Dublin City Council spent much of its Monday meeting discussing the appointment of a representative to the Erath County Appraisal District (ECAD) board of directors.

The position, currently held by Katherine Prater, is a two-year term, which serves both the city of Dublin and the Dublin Independent School District. If the entities cannot come to an agreement on a nominee, each will submit their selection and a name will be drawn by the appraisal district.

“During this past year there were some issues that came up,” Dublin City Manager Jerry Guillory said. “We can put some policies in place for the new (representative).”

A short list of guidelines, including attendance at a quarterly meeting and regular reports for “big ticket” items from the appraisal board was presented and adopted by the council.

“I think the main concern last year was a lack of communication because we had never set in place what we wanted. Anybody who wants to do this job needs to know what is expected of them,” Mayor Tom Gordon said. “We can’t dictate how they vote, but they need to know how we stand as a city.”

The council discussed the appointment of another individual to replace Prater, but did not vote Monday.

“I think it’s time for a change,” council member Elizabeth Cook said.

However, not all of her fellow councilmen agreed.

“Katherine’s done a good job so I’d just as soon stay with her,” Tommy Sperry said.

Council members will present their nominees for the ECAD board at the next meeting on Nov. 9.

The Stephenville ISD board of trustees also met Monday and discussed their representative on the appraisal board.

Les Gandy was appointed by SISD following the resignation of long-time representative Neal Guthrie in January. The term will officially expire on Dec. 31.

Despite the fact that the board does not have to make a final decision until November, board member Gary Sult moved to reappoint Gandy at Monday’s meeting and Doug McLemore seconded the motion. Five trustees voted for the reappointment and one voted against. Ora Lee Leeth was absent from the meeting, marking the final count 5-1, in favor of Gandy.

Todd McEvoy offered the only dissenting vote. McEvoy said he thought the board should wait until November to make the decision.

“Should we not look at other people who might want to serve?” McEvoy asked.

The Dublin ISD board of trustees met Tuesday night to discuss their appointee. See Thursday’s edition of the E-T for a full report or read it on the Web at  

Staff Writer Amanda Kimble contributed to this story.