Bells lifts boil order and begin discussions on open mayoral seat

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BELLS, TX -- The Bells City Council plan to discuss the open mayoral seat at Tuesday night's meeting.

Mayor Gary Martin resigned unexpectedly Thursday.

City hall says Tuesday night the council will consider approving Martin's resignation and could either appoint a new mayor or decide to have the public vote on a new mayor in May.

Tuesday night's meeting is set for 6 pm at Bells City Hall.

Council members told News 12 Thursday that Martin didn't give a reason for stepping down.

Mayor Pro Tem Angela LeBlanc is temporarily filling in.

Many residents tell us they believe the former mayor resigned over recurring water problems in the city.

Tuesday night the most recent boil order has been lifted.

The boil order was issued Monday after a fallen power pole took out the electricity at a well causing water to be cut off to people in the southwest side of town.

The boil order was a precautionary measure enforced any time water is shut off.

This is the fifth water issue for Bells since November.