Agua SUD board appoints new board president

PALMVIEW — There’s a new board president for the Agua Special Utility District Board of Directors after members voted to reorganize Monday with little explanation.

Board Director Esequiel “Zeke” Ortiz, who was appointed board president in February, was stripped of his title in a motion made and seconded by board directors Loyd Loya, who also serves as the treasurer of the board, and Cesar Rodriguez, the vice president, respectively.

Loya then motioned to appoint himself as the new board president, which was also seconded by Rodriguez. Both motions passed without discussion.

Board Director Ivan Sandoval was appointed to replace Loya as treasurer.

After the meeting, Ortiz said he didn’t know why the other board members wanted to reorganize.

“I have no idea who put it on the agenda,” Ortiz said. “Nothing was commented to me by the general manager or any of the board members, so I have no clue.”

Ortiz, however, said he felt he did a good job as the board president.

“(I) met with the senator a few times,” Ortiz said referring to Sen. Juan “Chuy” Hinojosa, with whom the board previously sparred. “Got things cleared up with him and with the Texas Water Development Board too, and everything’s looking good, and then this happens. So I have no idea what’s going on.”

During Ortiz’s tenure as board president, Agua SUD worked together with the senator on a bill during this past legislative session that called for more transparency from the board members by requiring they file financial disclosure statements. The bill was signed into law in June.

Loya, who left the meeting immediately after adjournment, could not be reached for comment Tuesday.