CS Council Vote on Romei-Named Building Soon

In a week-and-a-half, College Station's elected leaders will decide whether P. David Romei's name will be removed from the Arts Center.

Following the former Arts Council director's conviction more than a week ago, the non-profit's board voted in favor of removing Romei's name.

Sunday, News 3 spoke with College Station Mayor Ben White, who said that at the city council's next meeting on December 11, the group will likely vote on the Arts Council's request.

- Check out and comment on Steve's blog reflecting on the Romei trial by clicking here.

White said city records show it was an Arts Council recommendation to name the building after Romei back in 2003, so it was proper to follow the same procedure for removing the name.

As for the actual removal if approved, the mayor said the city would at least consider helping with the costs.

It should also be noted that in addition to the charges he just faced, there is a fourth felony that could take Romei back to court. The charge involves political contributions Romei allegedly used Arts Council money to reimburse himself for.

Those contributions were for Brazos County District Attorney Bill Turner, former District Court Judge Rick Davis, and Brazos County Judge Randy Sims. Each was for $500, making the charge against Romei a state jail felony for misapplication of funds.

Romei was found guilty of a similar misdemeanor charge last weekend involving other contributions.

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