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San Marcos council sworn, updates Climate Action Plan

SAN MARCOS — The San Marcos City Council held a special meeting on Tuesday, Dec. 8, to certify the Nov. 3 election results and swear in re-elected Councilmember Sharon Jenkins and newly elected Councilmember Ed Musgrove.

Jenkins, a District 3 representative, took her oath of office followed by Musgrove for District 4.

Councilmember at-large Jay Petrek was also present for his last council meeting. Petrek was appointed at large in 2019 by the council to fill a vacant seat but opted not to run for re-election.

“I would like to thank everyone in my district. … It’s a great position of honor, and I will work hard every day to gain and earn the trust of everyone in my district, and working with all members of the council and the staff to continue to make San Marcos a fantastic place to live,” Musgrove said after he was sworn in.

Jenkins, who was elected to City Council at large in 2012 and re-elected at large in 2016, thanked her supporters and encouraged everyone to stay true to their nonpartisanship.

“I think we owe it to our residents to not allow political forces outside of our community to try to influence us,” Jenkins said after taking her oath. “I’m really excited to work with each councilmember and the staff, and I think we’re going to all get through this together.”

At the council’s regular meeting, the council honored Petrek with a certificate of recognition.

“I thank you so much for this honor. … I want to thank the council for the trust and the opportunity you gave me to serve with you all,” he said. “We have a great community to be proud of and I’m so happy to be part of it.”

The council then heard a presentation on an update to the city’s Climate Action Plan and voted to approve it.

Councilmembers then approved funds from the Community Development Block Grant (CDBG) program of the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) in the amount of $625,129.

The funds must be used to prevent, prepare for and respond to COVID-19. The city received CDBG funding earlier this year, which was used for a rental assistance program. City Manager Jack Griffin recommended that additional funds should be added to that program.