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November 11, 2008 | 8,836 views | 2 comments

STOCKDALE -- The process of selecting the next city manager and the acquisition of the final stretch of land for a more viable entry to the city’s industrial park highlighted the city council’s Nov. 3 meeting.

The seven applicants vying for the position of city manager will have to wait until the council’s next meeting, when the city council will review and narrow the field for a follow-up interview. The question of the council’s preference of residency was also revisited at the Nov. 3 meeting.

When reviewing the revised personnel policy manual, City Manager Carl Lambeck questioned why some of the changes, approved by council members Aug. 5, were not included in the final version by the city attorney.

Mayor Johnny Stahl asked for City Secretary Thania Santos to include the changes, edit the final version, and forward the completed copies to appropriate personnel.

One notable change to be made in the manual is that the city manager can be required to reside within the city limits, due to wording found in the Texas Municipal League manual. The former wording was “shall be required” to reside within the city limits.

Another change to be seen in the city’s future is the entrance to the Stockdale Industrial Park. A more practical entrance to the park came one step closer to reality, when Lambeck was given authorization by members of the council to finalize a deal to purchase 2.58 acres of land for $9,030. This acquisition will complete the purchase of the former railroad right of way for an alternate route into the industrial park. The construction of a 1-mile-long, 32-foot-wide road will link the industrial park, located off U.S. 87, to S.H. 123, near the Stockdale City Park entrance. Without the purchase of this land, the entrance would have been off U.S. 87 onto St. Mary’s Street.

A second agenda item regarding the industrial park was the acceptance of a sealed bid for the Gonzales house, located at the corner of St. Mary’s and Guerra streets. Council members accepted the $100 bid from Ronald A. Shaw. Shaw has 60 days to remove the house from its present location.

Councilmen L.H. West, Saul Bosquez, Scott Soden, Becky Adams, and Connie Calloway voted unanimously in favor of both the land purchase and the acceptance of the bid.

Discussion of improvements turned to utilities and the revenue generated from the city’s ownership of the local electric company in Floresville.

David McMillan, general manager of the Floresville Electric Light & Power System, presented the 2009 fiscal year budget. He said the purchased-power cost to CPS Energy increased from the previous 75.5 cents to 77 cents due to the increase in fuel costs.

Stockdale’s 18-percent earnings distribution, under the three-owner-city agreement with Floresville and Poth, will give Stockdale an estimated $139,320, or approximately $11,700 per month.

The council also:
•Reviewed and approved the Wilson County Appraisal District’s proposed budget as submitted. The council also approved a budget amendment to forgo a $120,837 surplus from last year’s appraisal district budget to be retained by the appraisal district for building improvements of its offices located in Floresville. The city’s share amounted to $418.

•Discussed animal issues. Stahl reminded owners to vaccinate their animals against rabies and register their pets with the city. When West asked for a review of the present ordinance, Adams said there was a need to educate the public of the animal ordinance that is in place. Another animal issue discussed was the problem of feral hogs damaging the landscape of the industrial park and how to eradicate the problem.
 

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November 15, 2008 5:16pm
 
Texas Law states..... Sec. 25.027. QUALIFICATIONS OF CITY MANAGER. (a) The governing body of the municipality shall appoint the city manager solely on the basis of the person's administrative ability. (b) The city ... More ›

 
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November 14, 2008 3:38pm
 
Stockdale is a town whose citizenry primarily resides in non-residential, rural settings. To require the City Manager to reside w/in the city limits is asinine. That being said, a requirement to live "within 'x' number ... More ›

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