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City council approves zoning change
STOCKDALE -- Media reports reflect a growing need for housing to accommodate workers involved in the Eagle Ford shale exploration, and Stockdale has given a clear signal the workers are welcome there. During the March 6 Stockdale City Council meeting, council members approved two recreational-vehicle (RV) parks.
As Mayor Johnny Stahl gave his recommendation for approval, council members Sherry D. Lambeck, Saul Bosquez, Scott Soden, Becky Adams, and Roger Armstrong voted unanimously in favor of the zoning change from residential single family to light commercial for the proposed parks, both located off Wheeler Street on either side of S.H. 123. Until the construction of the extension of West Wheeler Street is complete, the occupants of one RV park will use Free Timber Meadows Street for entry.
Prior to voting, council members addressed concerns presented during the Feb. 10 public hearing -- drainage and increased traffic.
City Manager Banks Akin explained that phase I of the parks is the development for the minimum number of spaces allowed, which is 14. Future development could increase to 44 slots in one and 80 slots in the other.
Akin estimated the base income for these two businesses would amount to $14,000 in basic fees to the city, not including water and sewage. He estimates a 6 percent to 7 percent increase in water revenue, once in operation. Akin voiced support for the projects, based on income for the city.
“It is not about the money; it’s the people,” Soden said, prior to the council’s vote to rezone.
Stahl countered, “What signal does the city want to send? Not [being] accommodating to the industry [Eagle Ford shale exploration]?”
While the council gave its approval for these projects, Akin advised another project will soon join the city’s business sector. The groundbreaking for a motel was set for March 8 on Fordtran Street.
While these projects will change the face of the Stockdale community, city council faces will change, too.
City Secretary Thania Santos told the council that candidates have filed for two of the three places up for election set for May 12. Place V Councilman Roger Armstrong did not file for re-election. Armstrong was appointed during the June 8, 2010, meeting to fill the vacancy left by Daniel Martinez, who also chose not to seek re-election.
Other council members who filed for the May 12 election, each for a two-year term, are Scott Soden and Becky Adams for places III and IV, respectively.
The council also approved two ordinances for future infrastructure development within the city. See related article, above.
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