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Section A: General News


Floresville City Council tackles traffic, zoning issues


Floresville City Council tackles traffic, zoning issues
Floresville Mayor Diana Garza and members of the Floresville City Council recognize representatives of the Floresville Police Department and Wilson County Sheriff’s Office during the May 9 city council meeting after declaring the week of May 15 as Police Week.


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May 15, 2013
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FLORESVILLE -- Changes may be on the way in the form of stop lights and speed limits as the Floresville City Council has directed City Manager Andy Joslin to work in conjunction with the Texas Department of Transportation (TxDOT) to come up with a solution to the city’s traffic problems during the May 9 city council meeting.

The direction comes as repeated cries for help from the city have been met with slow action.

“The current speed limits in the city are unacceptable,” said Councilman Jim Miller after the meeting. “It is unacceptable for the speed limit to be approaching 55 mph by a soccer field. It is unacceptable for the speed limit to be close to 70 mph near the entrance to a hospital. It is also unacceptable for the speed limit to be close to 70 mph near the entrance to the River Park, where it puts the citizenry in danger.”

“That’s the bottom line,” Miller continued. “I’m not going to sit with that speed limit and wait for something terrible to happen.”

The council passed a resolution directing Joslin to work with TxDOT to formulate a plan to solve the city’s traffic issues.

“They have 45 days to come back with a plan about what they’re going to do with the speed limits,” Miller said. “When TxDOT offers a plan, we’ll look at it as a council. If it is acceptable, we’ll pass ordinances amending the speed limit in conjunction with regulations. If not, then we will go to the state.”

Repeated complaints from citizens during council meetings regarding the speed limit near the soccer fields on S.H, 97 East have led to this action by the city council.

Also at the meeting, the council approved an agenda item, which had died for lack of a motion during a previous meeting of the Floresville Planning and Zoning Commission.

During the May 1 meeting of the commission, an application by Mark Gonzales to rezone property at 1716 and 1718 C St. from R-1 residential to commercial was effectively denied, when no member of the commission made a motion either to approve or deny it.

“Procedurally, there was no reason for them not to take action on this motion,” Miller said. “Some action should have been taken, whether approved, denied, or tabled; something should have happened.”

The council voted to approve the application for rezone.

Also at the meeting, the council:

•Presented proclamations designating the week of May 15 as Police Week and May 27 as Poppy Day.

•Tabled an agenda item on water/sewer models after a presentation by City Engineer Larry Heimer offered information only on the sewer model

•Tabled matters relating to a budget amendment, audit committee procedures, and voluntary annexations extending from the existing municipal city limits to the river park on S.H. 97 West

•Heard a proposal from Kurt Mullen regarding placing Internet equipment for Top Gun Broadband on Floresville’s water towers

•Approved a resolution allowing for code compliance to work with Republic Waste and local residents to arrange an annual pickup of bulk waste and lot cleanup

•Directed City Manager Andy Joslin to ascertain the feasibility of a salaried staff attorney for the city of Floresville.

In attendance: City Manager Andy Joslin; councilmen Sherry M. Castillo, John Guerrero, Jim Miller, Mario Morones, and Eric Rodriguez; City Attorney Lou Rosenberg; Mayor Diana Garza; and Cyndi Nichols with the Permits Office.

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Delightful  
Downtown  
May 22, 2013 4:13pm
 
All you old flatulent emissions can continue to argue TXDOT do's and don't while I jump for joy at the prospect of a possible staff attorney for the City - anyone but Rosenberg - one down, one to go! Joslin count your days!

 
Airborne Trooper  
wilson cty  
May 21, 2013 7:32pm
 
Tom, your opinion is heard and I'm sure Mr. Miller and the rest of the council hear you as well. Lets remember that Mr. Miller is simply one board member and it would take at least 2 more to pass the motion to get the studies ... More ›

 
Untrue Resident  
Floresville  
May 21, 2013 7:28pm
 
Since the City Manager and Mr. Miller do not know how to conduct research. He is what the manual says: Purpose of Manual: The purpose of this manual is to provide the information and procedures necessary for establishing speed ... More ›

 
Untrue Resident  
Floresville  
May 21, 2013 7:15pm
 
Well, Sam Eagle which is the name of a Muppet, I do think your alter ego is getting in the way of calling other folks out. If you don’t live in Muppet Land, then a rational person would conclude it is not your real name. If you ... More ›

 
Untrue Resident  
Floresville  
May 21, 2013 7:02pm
 
Senior Citizen, what could TXDOT’s agenda be? That is a ludicrous statement. Not to mention it is not 70 mph at Jack’s café. Further, I disagree with you and so I think the speed should be 85 on 181. What makes me wrong and ... More ›

 
Wondering?  
Floresville, Tx  
May 21, 2013 5:24pm
 
Mr. Robles, it really sounds like your just angry about not getting elected and selected Jim Miller as an easy target.

 
Sam Eagle  
Muppet Land  
May 21, 2013 5:10pm
 
Hey, Tomas, could you perhaps share whatever you smoked over there in the jungles of Viet Nam? I think you've been hogging it, because you're clearly hallucinating and filled with hatred. Then it manifests itself into other ... More ›

 
Rabble Rouser Extraordinaire  
Adkins, TX  
May 21, 2013 3:24pm
 
Desperation causes people to quote facts in order to illustrate their principle and obscure the truth. :-

 
Senior Citizen  
Wilson County  
May 21, 2013 3:09pm
 
Tomas, they are burning the midnight oil because there is a lot of catching up to do! And you know that anytime you make things happen, some people are going to disagree with you.

 
Tomas Robles  
Floresville, TX  
May 21, 2013 2:59pm
 
If you look at the clips for last City Council meeting (May 9th) totally unacceptable. Mr. Miller, is the only one that is right and nobody else knows NOTHING! City Engineer Larry Heimer,offered information on the sewer model ... More ›

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