Wilson County News October 31, 2012 2,706 views 1 comment
FLORESVILLE -- After having his initial request for a special-use permit denied by the city’s Planning and Zoning Commission, Paul Sisley’s appeal met the same fate during the Oct. 25 meeting of the Floresville City Council.
Sisley had filed an appeal with the council after his application was denied during a Sept. 19 special meeting of the Planning and Zoning Commission. Following a tense public hearing Oct. 25, the council voted to deny his appeal requesting a special-use permit to build a mobile-home park at 624 Fourth St.
Philip Vipond of the Planning and Zoning Commission said the commission denied Sisley’s request because it did not meet the requirement set forth for special-use permits, which stated the property must be “harmonious” with the properties around it.
“The other residents in the area do not want it there, and therefore it is not harmonious,” Vipond said. “This is the single-largest showing of opposition we have seen for a special-use permit application yet.”
Property owners in the area, such as Ofelia and David Flores, were in attendance to protest the application, stating they did not want a mobile-home park near the families living in the area.
“This is not something we want in the community,” Ofelia said. “This is where families have their homes and what is going to happen when this oil boom is over? Are these houses going to be maintained or are they going to become low-income housing?”
“I work in the oil fields and I know what goes on at these types of parks,” David said. “That is not the type of area I want to raise my daughter in.”
Sisley invited the council to add requirements that he screen applicants before renting property. In the end, it wasn’t enough to placate the other property owners.
Also during the meeting, the council approved the city’s amended wastewater sales contract with TD Alpha.
Through the contract, the city of Floresville will join several other South Texas municipalities in selling its effluent water to businesses in the oil fields.
“The water is not sewage, but treated, effluent water,” said City Manager Andy Joslin.
Per conditions set forth by the Texas Commission on Environmental Quality (TCEQ), water must be treated to a certain level to qualify for sale as effluent water.
“This will be a revenue booster for the city,” Joslin said. “Selling water that would otherwise be disposed of will be a new source of revenue for the city and will add money for infrastructure in the future.”
During the meeting, the council also:
•Awarded Carolyn Palacios the Employee Recognition Award.
•Provided the first readings of an 18-month moratorium on special-use permits and an ordinance adopting a clerical correction to the city of Floresville’s official map.
•Heard the city manager’s report as Joslin introduced Comptroller Lara Feagins and gave updates on the USDA funding for city infrastructure and the McCoy’s Project, which he said is in the third phase of a three-part process. Since both the Floresville Economic Development Corp. and the city council already have approved the project, Joslin said what remains is the city’s commitment to annex the property where McCoy’s is expected to build.
***In attendance: councilmen Sherry M. Castillo, John Guerrero, Mario Morones, and Jesse Chris Flores; Mayor Daniel Tejada; City Manager Andy Joslin; City Secretary Sherry Pollok; Administrative Services Director Margaret Aranda; Comptroller Lara Feagins; Philip Vipond and Teddi Harllee of the Planning and Zoning Commission; and Cyndi Nichols of the city’s permits office