Emotions were shared Tuesday night at the Bridge City council meeting. The subject was not for items on the agenda, but instead on the handling of a fatal auto-pedestrian crash last year by the Bridge City Police.
During the time for Citizen Comments, Mandi Jackson expressed her disappointment with the Bridge City Police Department and the Chief of Police Paul Davis in particular. Jackson was extremely upset about the treatment she has received following the death of her husband Robert. “You look into this because there is wrong doing there,” Jackson asked as she wept through her criticism of the chief and his department.
Robert Jackson was a pedestrian killed by a hit-and-run driver on Ferry Road early in the morning of June 13, 2020. Friends and family of Jackson protested with signs outside the Bridge City Police Department in August of last year to complain about a lack of arrests or an indictment in connection with the crash.
Mandi Jackson’s father Bryan Mulhollan and former Bridge City Police Officer Steven Hilton also spoke Tuesday night how disappointed they are in Chief Davis and the police department in the way they handled evidence in the case. Chief Davis was asked for a response to the criticism from the three, but he said he had no comment Tuesday night.
The City Council in Bridge City awarded contracts Tuesday night. The city is applying for a Texas Community Development Block Grant and will be using LJA Engineering as the contractor for the work and Traylor and Associates will be the Grant Administrator if Bridge City is awarded the grant.
The council reviewed the city’s investment policy. The policy was approved with no changes made. Bridge City approved suspending the rates proposed by Centerpoint that were filed on March 4, 2021. The proposed rate increase will be reviewed by an Austin legal firm before the City Council will consider approving the Centerpoint rates at a future meeting in the next month or so.
City Manager Jerry Jones said discussions will be held Thursday on the new water well for Bridge City. Jones added a grant will allow the city to award a contract next week to start installing new sewer lines on residential properties.
-Dan Perrine, KOGT-