BELLS — The Bells City Council appointed Angela LeBlanc as mayor and addressed their recent water issues at their Tuesday special meeting.

BELLS — The Bells City Council appointed Angela LeBlanc as mayor and addressed their recent water issues at their Tuesday special meeting.


Former Mayor Gary Martin resigned unexpectedly without giving a reason Thursday. LeBlanc previously served as mayor pro-tem before Tuesday’s meeting.


"I look forward to continuing the efforts of improving our city," LeBlanc said.


There is now one seat open on the Council, which will be on the upcoming March election ballot. The Council discussed several agenda items regarding the water department. The city has recently issued several water boil notices.


The Council voted to table a bond election for the water and sewer department until they can discuss the water issues with an engineer.


Council Member Kemal Tongate proposed the Council hold a meeting for the general public to discuss why the city has been issuing water boil orders.


"Some of the people that are angry about the water boil say, ‘It affects my business,’" Tongate said, "Maybe we can get information to them so they know it was mandated by the state because it’s for your safety."


The Council ultimately voted to hold a Town Hall regarding the water boil notices during their next regular meeting.


The Council approved hiring Chuck Dodd, general manager of Starr Water Supply Corp., to consult the city’s water department over a span of two days. The city chose to hire Dodd, LeBlanc said, because they hope he can help the city with the water issues they have been having. Dodd previously consulted the city of Tom Bean’s water department and expressed confidence in helping Bells.


The Council also approved the payment of a $685 bill for a water leak at one of the Bells ISD schools.