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Section A: General News


Low-water crossings to get ‘flashers’


Low-water crossings to get ‘flashers’
N. KILBEY-SMITH/Reprints at wilsoncountynews.com St. Hedwig city Councilman Walter Wyrwich listens April 5 as Councilman Susann Baker discusses crime statistics with the rest of the council.


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ST. HEDWIG -- The city council here has approved an interlocal agreement with Bexar County, which will make low-water crossings in the area more visible. The matter was addressed during the April 5 council meeting.

Mayor Mary Jo Dylla advised the county will install flashers on Graytown Road at the low-water crossing on Martinez Creek, and another on Gable Road. This is at no cost to the city, she said; the agreement is to allow access for the county to do the installation.

“There’s no reason not to go along with it,” Councilman Susann Baker said, as she made a motion to approve the agreement. “It’s to the benefit of the city.”

Approval was unanimous.

Also during the meeting, the council heard that the city is in a comfortable financial position, according to an audit report presented by Armstrong, Vaughan & Associates.

The firm’s report revealed the city has more than the recommended two to three months of expenses available, so “there’s no danger of the city going bankrupt,” Phil Vaughan told the council.

Although the city’s revenues from property taxes decreased slightly, income from the taxes was more than the city budgeted for. This resulted in the city ending the year $139,000 better off than the budget anticipated, council members heard, and a total fund balance of $1.4 million.

In other matters the council:

•Canceled the May 12 general election, as no candidates for office were opposed. Dylla will remain mayor and Susann Baker retains her seat. Jones did not file for re-election; David Rakowitz will replace him.

•Was advised that tree trimming along roadways is complete and spraying for weed control will begin soon.

•Heard crime statistics and a park update. Seven trees will be planted in the city park in the near future, and fencing at the front of the park is complete, with more planned on the north side of the park.

•Discussed a possible citywide cleanup. No action was taken; this item will be discussed again at a future council meeting.

In attendance: Mayor Mary Jo Dylla, councilmen Walter Wyrwich, Susann Baker, Justin Jones, and Dwayne Padalecki, City Secretary Barbara Pawelek, and Code Compliance Manager Kathy Palmer.
 

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