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Section A: General News


La Vernia sets parameters on firearms use in city limits


La Vernia sets parameters on firearms use in city limits
N. KILBEY-SMITH/Reprints at wilsoncountynews.com La Vernia City Council members (from left) D. Bradford Beck and Randy Leonard, Mayor Harold Schott, and councilmen Bobby Richter, Eloi Cormier, and Marie Gerlich discuss firearms issues April 12 during the regular council meeting.


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LA VERNIA -- The city council here has taken steps to prohibit the discharge of firearms within the city limits and extraterritorial jurisdiction of La Vernia. The action was taken during the April 12 La Vernia City Council meeting.

Code Enforcement Officer Janet Thelen presented several options to the council, following a workshop March 29 which addressed municipal code issues. The ordinance adopted in 2000 no longer conformed to the regulations and authority established by the state Legislature. This was the advice of City Attorney Charlie Zech, Thelen said.

The ordinance regarding projectiles was amended to prohibit the use of certain weapons within the city and its extraterritorial jurisdiction “existing or annexed prior to Sept. 1, 1981,” according to the ordinance. Additional language advises, “It shall be unlawful for any person to discharge any firearm, excluding a bow and arrow with field or target points, a BB gun, or pellet gun” in the city limits as specified. The discharge of firearms, such as a shotgun, air rifle or pistol, BB gun, or bow and arrow, is permitted on tracts of land 10 acres or more, with some provisions. Center fire or rim fire rifles or pistols of any caliber can be discharged on tracts of land 50 acres or larger, and with some provisions. Starter’s pistols are permitted under the amended ordinance.

The full text is available from City Hall or on the city’s website.

In other action, the council withdrew into executive session to discuss adjusted compensation for Jason Mills, who has been filling in for Public Works Director Richard Fryer. Fryer continues to recover from injuries sustained in a non-work-related accident. The council members returned to open session, approving a pay adjustment. Retroactive to April 1, Mills will receive an additional $375 per month and the use of a take-home city vehicle. This will continue in one-month increments in the absence of the public works director.

The council also:

•Appointed Councilman Marie Gerlich to represent the city on the Canyon Regional Water Authority board of trustees for a two-year term.

•Appointed Fryer to the Canyon Regional Water Authority board of managers for a one-year term.

•Took no action regarding the appointment of councilmen D. Bradford Beck and Randy Leonard to the La Vernia Municipal Development District board. This will reappear on a future council agenda to coincide with the end of the fiscal year.

In attendance: Council-men D. Bradford Beck, Randy Leonard, Bobby Richter, Eloi Cormier, and Marie Gerlich; Mayor Harold Schott; Code Enforcement Officer Janet Thelen; City Attorney Charlie Zech.
 

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Rabble Rouser Extraordinaire  
Adkins, TX  
April 19, 2012 9:08am
 
Too many city-slicker's moving out into the county!

 
Patrick L Meyer  
La Vernia, TX  
April 19, 2012 8:21am
 
Glad to see this action. Lots of heavy firearm shooting in the ETJ just outside the city limits north. If those who are shooting bear any resemblance to the people who are driving autos, they are a pretty reckless bunch.

 
TruTexan  
LaVernia  
April 19, 2012 8:01am
 
So will a map be published to show ETJ boundaries? I don't know if I live inside or outside now. As a CHL carrier who performs backyard target practice into a berm, this ordinance doesn't make me happy. But I understand that ... More ›

 
retiredinlavernia  
lavernia  
April 19, 2012 5:37am
 
Thank you - In my neigboorhod I hear gun shots often and they are not just one or two shots that would be expected if someone was shooting a snake or wild animal harming their pets or property - They are 20-25 in a row like several ... More ›

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