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Rakowitz joins St. Hedwig council
ST. HEDWIG -- The city has a new elected official, following the May 3 regular city council meeting.
David Rakowitz is the newest face on the St. Hedwig City Council, after taking the oath of office, according to Mayor Mary Jo Dylla after the meeting. Rakowitz was unopposed in his bid to replace Justin Jones on the council. Susann Baker and Dylla also were unopposed, and joined Rakowitz in being sworn in May 3.
The oaths followed certification of the unopposed candidates. The council elections also were canceled during the meeting, due to lack of opposition for the three candidates.
The council then addressed the remainder of the evening’s agenda.
Organizing a community trash cleanup remains a work in progress, Dylla said. The city continues to research avenues to provide an annual hazardous-waste collection. Through Bexar County, residents can have one trash bag of items, such as paint cans and other hazardous waste, removed annually. MD Systems, which provides household-waste collection in the city, cannot provide this service, Dylla said, citing too much red tape.
An interlocal agreement between St. Hedwig and Bexar County for “flashers” at low-water crossings should see work beginning by the end of May, the mayor said. Councilman Walter Wyrwich will be the city’s contact as the work progresses, acting as the liaison for the two entities.
A report on crime statistics has become standard on the council agenda. The information is provided by the Bexar County Sheriff’s Office and is made available on the city’s website, www.sainthedwigcity.com, for residents to review.
The council withdrew into executive session to discuss the city’s ongoing issues with D.R. Barr, individually and doing business as Silver Saddle Arena and Party House, Dylla said. The matter was discussed, but no action was taken when the council reconvened.
The mayor advised that a public hearing on the proposed rezoning of the property will take place June 7 at 7 p.m., prior to that evening’s city council meeting, and the council will consider action during the meeting.
In attendance: Mayor Mary Jo Dylla, councilmen Walter Wyrwich, Susann Baker, Dwayne Padalecki, and David Rakowitz, City Secretary Barbara Pawelek.
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