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Wilson County News January 23, 2013 | 1,726 views | 1 comment
FLORESVILLE -- The city of Floresville is one step closer to its goal of a comprehensive 10-year master plan after the city council met with city staff Jan. 15 to review the planning process and determine its next steps.
Councilman Jim Miller discussed several options with regard to the master plan. This includes appointing a master planning committee to assist in addressing the issues consistent with planning out a 10-year span for the city.
City Manager Andy Joslin presented a chart, explaining some of the issues which city staff believe will be relevant in the planning process.
As the presentation went on, more questions arose. It became clear that significant issues remain unknown at this time.
“At this point, I feel we need to fill in this chart with the question marks,” Miller said. “Some of these question marks Andy can address, i.e. what our personnel requirements are going to be, based upon M&S Engineering’s projected population growth and ... the population numbers by year.”
Miller continued to outline many factors that need to be addressed by the proposed master planning committee.
“There are questions that we cannot answer and that’s what this committee is going to be really identifying,” Miller said. “Well, if our city grows by 1,700 people in the next two years, what additional waterlines do you think we would have to put in? I’m sure from an engineer’s perspective, there are formulas and calculations that would help us address what those needs would be, but we’re not capable of answering that.”
There are holes in the planning process that the council and city staff cannot complete, but the committee will be addressing these issues and determining whether hiring a firm to do that will be best, Miller said.
In addressing the expected expenditures for the next 10 years, such as $200,000 for a lift station and $3 million for waste water treatment plant expansion, Miller said that the possibility of raising taxes is very real, but that would be addressed as the planning continues.
Also at the meeting, Comptroller Lara Feagins presented information on the city’s fund structure.
In attendance: Comptroller Lara Feagins, councilmen Jim Miller, Mario Morones, and John Guerrero; City Secretary Sherry Pollok; and City Manager Andy Joslin.