Word from inside the Nick Ramus lawsuit has it that the county is preparing to offer the catering business owner a deal over the illegal withdrawal of his septic permit. There will be another commissioners’ court executive session on the matter Tuesday, March 11.
Readers will probably remember that a three-member majority of Judge Liz Sumter and Commissioners Karen Ford and Debbie Ingalsbe arbitrarily withdrew Chef Ramus’s legal septic permit a year ago at the urging of Sumter supporters Carolyn Logan and Charles O’Dell. The case was initiated months ago but has been drawn out past the primary elections in a successful effort to protect Commissioner Ingalsbe in her reelection against a Democrat opponent in precinct one. After he commenced the legal action, Mr. Ramus filed to run against her in November. Purportedly, the county will offer to pay to connect Mr. Ramus’s property to the sewer line the city of San Marcos ran to serve the new San Marcos High School, which is directly behind his property. They will also pay to connect Carolyn Logan’s property to the same line.
First, why should the taxpayers’ cover the latter expense when Ms. Logan, Mr. Ramus’s neighbor, is the person who started and constantly fueled this entire fiasco? There has been no mention of an offer to admit wrongdoing on the part of the Sumter, Ford, and Ingalsbe. Above his legal fees and some punitive damages, perhaps Mr. Ramus should demand a public admission of guilt from the three commissioners and an apology. How about a quarter page ad to that effect in every newspaper and the equivalent in every established electronic news source in the county? Paid for, of course, by the guilty parties, not the county taxpayers. It is very important that the wrongdoers not be allowed to skate on this misuse of governmental power.