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Section A: General News


Floresville focuses on future


Floresville focuses on future
WILLIAM J. GIBBS JR./Reprints at wilsoncountynews.com Philip Vipond and Teddi Harllee are the newest members of the Floresville Planning and Zoning Committee, following their appointments by the Floresville City Council at its March 22 meeting.


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March 28, 2012
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FLORESVILLE -- The Floresville City Council is focusing on the future, following a presentation of a draft master plan by representatives of Spring Branch-based M&S Engineering. The presentation took place during the council’s March 22 meeting.

According to the report, which is available at wilsoncountynews.com, one of the most glaring deficiencies is the city’s zoning code, which must be reworked and made easier to understand. The report suggests converting paper records to an electronic format, which should be made available for the public to access online.

The report -- presented to City Manager Andy Joslin, Mayor Daniel Tejada, and councilmen Mario Morones, Johnnie R. Gomez, John W. Guerrero, and Sherry Martinez Castillo -- also indicates the city needs more parks to address the recreational and fitness needs of its growing permanent and temporary populations.

With regard to infrastructure, the city currently uses 51 percent of its permitted water capacity during peak months, according to the report. That number is projected to reach 76 percent in 2022. While the city’s water supply is adequate, the report cites deficiencies in this area, which require immediate action, such as no means of analyzing the existing distribution system and no mechanism to collect impact fees from developers.

The city’s wastewater system, according to the report, typically operates at 65 percent of its permitted capacity and can reach 75 percent in peak months.

“In order to allow adequate time for expansions, TCEQ (Texas Commission on Environmental Quality) requires planning and budgeting to begin whenever the flow to the plant exceeds 75 percent capacity for three consecutive months,” said M&S representative Heath Woods. “This threshold has not been reached.”

Under normal circumstances, the city would be able to plan wastewater expansion at a slow, leisurely pace. But with the influx of temporary oil-field workers taking up residence in recreational-vehicle parks and other temporary lodging facilities, Woods said capacity could reach 75 percent this summer and could potentially reach full capacity operation as early as 2014.

But planning must come before growth, which is why the council voted to fill two vacancies on the city’s Planning and Zoning Committee. The vacancies occurred in 2011, with the departures of former members Elvira De La O and Andy Eubanks. Replacing them are Philip Vipond and Teddi Harllee, both members of the Floresville Chamber of Commerce. Vipond currently serves as the chamber’s president.

The council also approved a resolution with the Texas Department of Transportation (TxDOT) related to maintenance of shoulders and medians on TxDOT roadways within the city. Over the next 18 to 24 months, TxDOT will plant shade trees and native plants in medians of U.S. 181 and at the roadway’s intersection with Standish Street. The city will then assume maintenance of the plants and cutting the grass on all parts of U.S. 181, S.H. 97, F.M. 536, and U.S. 181 Business that are within the city limits.

In keeping with the theme of growth, the city council discussed a lease agreement for Practical PC DBA TopGun Communications to lease water tower space. The company proposes installing antennas on the B Street water tower, from which high-speed Internet service would be transmitted to the El Rancho Grande Industrial Park on F.M. 537. See related article, page 1A, for more.

 

Your Opinions and Comments

 
newguyntown  
floresville  
April 7, 2012 10:08am
 
Rene Pena and Daniel Tejada are very good friends.... Remember back during Russel Wilson's lawsuit.. Pena said he had a investigation in place, What is the status of that?

 
Connect the Dots  
Floresville  
April 6, 2012 8:24pm
 
Rene has a little secret that the mayor is helping him cover up.... And whoa BABY it's a whopper

 
what tha  
floresville  
April 6, 2012 4:02pm
 
one voice why do you want mr pena involved in this county attorney russell wilson is the guy you need to go after these people since hes not staying around after the end of the year he is sueing everyone give him a call

 
One Voice  
Floresville  
April 6, 2012 3:29pm
 
I keep thinking - why - oh why is the council so hell bent on building a project that is not a necessity - when our sewers, streets etc are in real need of repairs. Is this council lining it' pockets with the good ol boy ... More ›

 
William J. Gibbs Jr.  
WCN  
April 6, 2012 1:54pm
 
With regard to the sports complex: "The city’s financial advisor, Victor Quiroga of Southwest Securities,said the city only would be able to sell up to $2.5 million worth of bonds, based on its current financial obligations. ... More ›

 
Nutbush  
City Limits  
April 5, 2012 7:44pm
 
No need to worry about sewage overflowing, childrens. Simmer down now. Poppa Wilson County has plenty o' distressed residential subdivision's sewage treatment plants to dump shortsloads of oilfield and RV park waste in, from ... More ›

 
Publius Valerius Publicola  
Rome, Tx.  
April 5, 2012 1:53pm
 
I see that Save Floresville refers to the city council as "this Hispanic council". A typical liberal socialist race baiting comment. One used by our pres all the time. I don't really know what that comment means. ... More ›

 
newguyntown  
floresville  
April 5, 2012 10:21am
 
There should be a MONTHLY REPORT regarding the centers excpenses, revenues generated, bookings made, dates available, etc,,,,, this is a "small" business so to speak and a monthly proper reporting should be done... AS ... More ›

 
Voting  
Floresville  
April 5, 2012 12:11am
 
I would like to know If the mayors family payed for the use of the civic center when his father died? It is my understanding that was where the meal was served the day of the funeral.

 
Jim Miller  
Floresville, TX  
April 4, 2012 1:39pm
 
oops....100 years of tradition unimpeded by progress!

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