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Eagle Ford: Municipal League to defend Stockdale in rezoning lawsuit
STOCKDALE -- The Stockdale City Council gathered for a special called meeting April 15 to address just two items -- both previously discussed at prior meetings. Both issues had at least one party dissatisfied with the outcome, who have taken different routes to voice their objections.
According to Stockdale City Secretary Thania Santos after the meeting, although two executive sessions were posted, neither was held.
Stockdale city attorneys Charles E. Zech and Jameene Yvonne Banks of Denton, Navarro, Rocha & Bernal PC of San Antonio gave a presentation regarding legal options with respect to the 0.85-acre tract of land comprising part of Birdsong Peanuts. During a January meeting, the council rejected the two bids received on the property. Afterwards, one of the bidders approached the council for reconsideration during a public comment session.
After the presentation, the council brainstormed different options available to them. Stockdale City Manager Banks Akin was then instructed to research the matter further.
In a second issue, the city received a letter naming the associate of the Texas Municipal League who will defend the city in a lawsuit brought by Victor L. Soefje and Mollie P. Soefje in the 218th Judicial District Court of Wilson County.
This suit stems from the March 5 split vote decision by the council regarding a rezoning request by the Soefjes for a property located at the end of South Eighth Street. The council’s vote denied a request to rezone the property from single-family to a multi-family district.
The council was informed about the lawsuit during its April 2 meeting. No further action was taken, Santos said.
In attendance: Mayor Johnny Stahl; councilmen Sherry D. Lambeck, Scott Soden, Saul Bosquez, Becky Adams, and Roger Armstrong; City Manager Banks Akin, City Secretary Thania Santos, and city attorneys Charles E. Zech and Jameene Yvonne Banks of Denton, Navarro, Rocha & Bernal PC of San Antonio.
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