Job descriptionPresiding officer of the Town Council, the city’s governing body. Term is two years.
DutiesRepresents the city at official functions
Enacts city laws and ordinances
Determines city policies
Adopts city budget
Appoints city manager to administer city government
Annual salaryUnpaid; reimbursed for official city expenses.
MeetingsMonthly council meetings; special meetings called as needed.

Who’s Running?

Tamra OlagueFacebook: https://www.facebook.com/tamra.olague
Email: tamra8146@yahoo.com
Phone: 817-333-9087
Bill Morley (incumbent)Email: mayor@cityofpelicanbay.com

Candidate Q&A

1. WHY ARE YOU THE BEST QUALIFIED CANDIDATE?
Tamra Olague
I believe I am the best qualified person to lead this city to a vibrant future. I have a vast amount of management experience in different types of industry, managing many people with all types of personalities. My 30 years of professional experience and my business administration education will allow me to manage the city with a business-centric mindset. I have lived in Pelican Bay for over 15 years and Azle for 30 years. I own 3 successful businesses one of which is a Nonprofit, which has been serving the Community for many years. I have established a great rapport and open line of communication with the vast majority of our Citizens who desire a much needed change in our current leadership. I will clearly communicate to the City Council, the voice of the citizens, and work diligently to help improve the livability and resilience of our community.
Bill Morley
I have been mayor now for 3 terms and have gotten to know the people of the city so that they are comfortable coming to me with their concerns. I have a good rapport with city officials from surrounding cities and have been able to work with them in times of need. I have in the past ran and operated several businesses that have been very successful. Budgets are always the key to make a business profitable and the same goes for running a city as mayor. We strive to making a budget work and to "get the biggest bang for the dollar" and that what we do here . One of the best qualifications I have is that I'm a people person. I get along with most anybody, employees and citizens. I'm an excellent negotiator which helps when working on contracts again to stay within a budget.
2. WHAT ARE YOUR TOP FEW PRIORITIES IF ELECTED?
Tamra Olague
I will continue to address the future growth and challenges in our city by maintaining fiscal responsibility, which includes investigating all possible solutions and applying for all available grants and funding for needed projects. I will expand our focus on infrastructure and storm water improvements, as well as park improvements, and street lights. I will explore future connectivity opportunities and develope a plan to upgrade and enhance our image.
Bill Morley
If re-elected, I still have plans to repair roads and install some streetlights. That is something I have been wanting to do for years however, the income will not start to come in until the next year from our new housing development. Another hope would be to repair or replace aging equipment at our parks and much needed for our public works department and police depart which can hopefully be acquired through grants.
3. THE CURRENT PANDEMIC IS AFFECTING CITY BUDGETS AND SERVICES AND IS AFFECTING THE LIVES OF CITY RESIDENTS. HOW WOULD YOU ADDRESS THESE ISSUES?
Tamra Olague
The City should take advantage of the disaster relief programs available to help ease the financial restraints What we can do to help our residents, and to make sure they do not get displaced, is to ensure that we have resources available, to connect them with, so they are able to pay their rent or mortgage, as well as resources for utility payments.
Bill Morley
Luckily for good budgeting the city itself pulled through and no employees had any loss of pay. City services were still performed although we were working staggered shifts so as not to be working side by side. As for the residents we worked with them on there utility bills and also have a food pantry that helped with giving food to those that were and still are in need of help. There is also have a ministry in our city that helped with giving meals a few nights a week and to surrounding communities.
4. WHAT RESPONSIBILITY DO YOU FEEL THE MAYOR AND CITY COUNCIL HAVE TO ADDRESS THE AVAILABILITY OF AFFORDABLE HOUSING?
Tamra Olague
I believe the City must address this issue. We're caught in this bad spot between artificially inflated rental rates that people really can not afford and the fact that we need the development.
The city will have to aid in neighborhood stabilization to maintain existing housing.
We're going to have to not only look at ways to keep affordable housing in Pelican Bay, we're going to have to look at helping the citizens maintain their homes. We have a large majority of lower to middle income families in our community, they work hard, single mothers/fathers raising 2-3 children, senior citizens now retired, many raising their grandchildren, they deserve the right to have affordable housing. I will represent the citizens before the City Council and help navigate them in a direction that more accurately represents the vast majority of the citizens and help break any economic prejudice
Bill Morley
Our city's housing is very diverse. We have a very small apartment complex , mobile home rentals, and homes up to million dollars. All are owned by private individuals or companies.
5. WHAT DO YOU THINK THE ROLE OF CITY GOVERNMENT SHOULD BE IN SUPPORTING SMALL BUSINESSES?
Tamra Olague
There is no doubt that small businesses play a critical role in fostering the economic vitality of any community, generating both jobs for residents and revenue for the city. That is why it’s important for city leaders to understand effective strategies for supporting and encouraging small business development. Whether it’s creating space for innovation, cutting red tape or proactively engaging the business community, there are many successful approaches that can be adopted by city leaders.
Bill Morley
6. HOW SHOULD THE CITY COUNCIL ADDRESS ISSUES OF LAW ENFORCEMENT AND PUBLIC SAFETY, PARTICULARLY REGARDING FUNDING?
Tamra Olague
I believe our law enforcement is crucial to the safety of our citizens, and will continue to fund the department, in conjunction with prioritizing social services & community development in our neighborhoods. I believe in
promoting, and encouraging local initiatives and enterprises that help provide employment, training, education, and recreation for people in our community.
Bill Morley
I fully support our department and any police department. Police officers are a vital part of the community. As with any city, the police department budget is complex. Police officers have a very demanding job. They are there to serve and protect. The job is extremely dynamic, it ranges from seeing that little child on the street who wandered away from home to having to make a split second life threatening decisions. They need the equipment and training to ensure that everyone goes home that night. Defunding a police department directly effects the safety of everyone.
7. ANYTHING ELSE YOU'D LIKE TO ADD?
Tamra Olague
Bill Morley
I have served this city for about 8 yrs now. We are still a work in progress. It has taken a team effort to get to where we are right now. We have improved our streets, installed fire hydrants, been able to get awarded grants to dig water wells to accommodate the new home development, updated public works vehicles and police cars, been able to give our employees health insurance, retirement plan, become competitive in pay plan so we can have longevity from our employees and make for better work condition. In the next two years the city's tax dollar should increase which will help do the improvements I have in mind.