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Eagle Ford:Developer withdraws rezoning request
POTH -- Ward Richter has withdrawn an application for rezoning a 3-acre site in Poth from residential to commercial.
Visitors who signed up to speak during a brief public hearing prior to the Dec. 17 Poth City Council meeting offered their final statements before any action was taken. As the first to speak, Richter announced he was withdrawing his application for the zoning change.
Richter’s application did not refer to the Richter Estate, also the subject of a request considered by the planning and zoning commission, but to a 3-acre plot southeast of Fahr Street, where he proposed building a retail strip center.
“After careful consideration, we’re going to rescind our application for the zoning change,” Richter said.
The council received clarification from city attorney Acie McAda that no action was needed on the proposed change, since the application had been withdrawn.
Also during the meeting, the council unanimously approved an amendment to a traffic ordinance. The amendment designates four-way stops at the intersections of North Carroll Street with Schriewer, Chambers, and Brinkoeter streets.
This will promote a safer flow of traffic bound for U.S. 181, the council heard. After the city established a four-way stop at the intersection next to City Hall, traffic was diverted to the other streets that feed into the highway, the council was told. In theory, the four-way stops will slow traffic on the affected streets.
Continuing to address traffic and street issues, the council approved proceeding with the next stage of street renovations, moving to the Old Town area of the city -- Chambers, Schriewer, and Titcomb streets. The renovations will include replacement of old waterlines underneath the streets, as well as street surface improvements.
This action, ahead of the bid process, will allow the city to start the project by spring. According to the mayor, the city has the funding to pay for the project.
In other matters, the council:
•Appointed a second representative to the Floresville Electric Light & Power System (FELPS) board. In addition to Larry Stavinoha, Mark Moczygemba will represent Poth on the utility’s board for a four-year term. (See “FELPS board” for more on this.)
•Rescheduled its January and February meetings, to avoid conflict with Martin Luther King Day and Presidents’ Day. These meetings, originally set for Jan. 21 and Feb. 18, will now take place Jan. 14 and Feb. 11.
The Floresville Electric Light & Power System (FELPS) board comprises seven members, one each from the cities of Poth, Floresville, and Stockdale, the mayor of Floresville, along with two advisors, one each from La Vernia and Falls City. In addition, the board includes a rotating member, appointed every four years. The selection rotates among the cities of Floresville, Poth, and Stockdale. It is Poth’s turn to nominate a trustee to this position.
Current FELPS board members are: Floresville Mayor Diana Garza; Vernon R. Lambeck, Stockdale; Ignacio Vasquez, Floresville; Larry Stavinoha, Poth; and Marlin Tanneberger of La Vernia and Patrick Pollock of Falls City, advisories. Mark Moczygemba of Poth will join the board in January, following his selection by the Poth City Council as the board’s rotation member.
***In attendance: Councilmen Eric Ramirez, Darren Dylla, Steve Martinez, and Linda Criado; Mayor Travis Pruski.
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