On Friday afternoon at promptly 2:00 pm, Kaufman County Judge Casey Blair issued a temporary restraining order which prohibits the Mesquite City Council from moving forward with any further annexation meetings until an evidentiary hearing can be held on November 20, 2017.
At that time, the 86th District Court will determine if a temporary injunction can be issued to prevent the annexation plans of the City of Mesquite.
On Friday morning, Kaufman County property owners packed the 86th District Courtroom of Judge Casey Blair to witness DA Erligh Wiley and attorney's representing several property owners, request an immediate injunction be issued prohibiting the City of Mesquite from proceeding with any further public meetings on their annexation plans.
Kaufman County District Attorney Erleigh Wiley, aided by Kaufman County Assistant District Attorney Karen Badgley detailed how the City of Mesquite has repeatedly failed to properly notify the public throughout the Public Hearing process.
It was sited that the City of Mesquite failed to provide the public with descriptive exhibits of their plans through their city website, as is required by law, and that because public notice was not properly served a violation of the Open Meetings Act occurred.
Representing the interest of several property owners, local attorney’s Scott Gray, Tracy Gray and Bobby McNiel, also spent time explaining to the court that when the annexation process was not adhered to in regard to proper notification, that act in turn violated the civil rights of their clients.
Attorney Robert Brown, from the Dallas law firm of Brown & Hofmeister, has been hired as Special Counsel by the City of Mesquite to specifically represent their interest in regard to their annexation intentions.
Addressing the court, Attorney Robert Brown explained the he felt adequate notification had been served and that an the issuance of a restraining order would only “cause harm” to the City of Mesquite by preventing them the ability to complete their required public meetings prior to voting on their annexation plan.
Attorney Brown repeatedly explained that the City of Mesquite had plans to hold their final public hearing this coming Monday night, and then vote on their annexation plan on the following Tuesday night.
The Kaufman County Courthouse was closed to the public on Friday in observance of the Veteran’s Day holiday, however due to the immediate need of the citizens of Kaufman County, Judge Casey Blair graciously agreed to open his courtroom in order to immediately hear the people’s case.