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Elmendorf moves ahead with annexation process
ELMENDORF -- City Administrator Cody Dailey hopes to have an answer in June about the status of Elmendorf’s efforts to annex a portion of San Antonio’s extraterritorial jurisdiction.
Dailey delivered some encouraging news during the Elmendorf City Council meeting May 9 about the status of ongoing negotiations between the two cities. Elmendorf has attempted to secure the land that borders the city limits because it is the location of a new Dollar General store, which wishes to avail itself of city services, such as police protection.
Elmendorf was awaiting approval by the San Antonio City Council to allow the annexation, in exchange for a 15-year deal that would involve the two cities splitting sales-tax revenue derived from Dollar General. Because the deal has taken longer to execute than first estimated, Dailey said negotiations have resulted in the elimination of the revenue-sharing provision. San Antonio still must formally approve the deal before Elmendorf can proceed.
Also during the meeting, the Elmendorf City Council voted to approve a $1,500 budget amendment to fund a grand opening and ribbon-cutting celebration for the new City Hall building on Loop 327. The date of the June event is to be announced.
In other business, the council:
•Voted 4-0-1 -- with Councilman Jesse Garcia voting to abstain -- to retain the disc-jockey services of David Olivas. The retiree has volunteered to provide musical entertainment at no cost for events including the upcoming City Hall grand opening, National Night Out, and Christmas in the Park.
•Voted to secure bids for a contractor to complete a wooden fence at the new City Hall property.
•Introduced the city’s first-ever zoning ordinance, which the council will consider prior to further discussion at its June meeting.
•Passed an ordinance prohibiting the use of engine-braking systems, referred to as “Jake Brakes,” on heavy trucks being driven within the city.
•Approved a $9,500 budget amendment for the Elmendorf Police Department to purchase the BADGE System records-management computer software.
•Received a report from Chief Michael Pimentel of the Elmendorf Police Department about the department’s latest activities, including the collection of revenue from outstanding warrants totaling $6,365 for March and $2,246 in April.
Elmendorf City Council meeting May 9. In attendance: Mayor Manuel Decena and councilmen Linda Ortiz, Thomas Hicks, Jesse Garcia, Richard Rodriguez, and R.M. “Andy” Anderson; City Administrator Cody Dailey, City Secretary Roxanne De Leon, City Attorney Michael Guevara; Elmendorf police Chief Michael Pimentel and Sgt. David Rios.
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