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Eagle Ford: Council nixes Sandra’s Ridge plans
POTH -- More than 90 minutes of the May 20 Poth City Council meeting was consumed by discussion of the Sandra’s Ridge subdivision, proposed by the Wiatrek brothers. Neighbors of the proposed development and residents of Voges Street attended to voice their concerns about the impact of the venture. Consideration of the preliminary plat for the development was on the evening’s agenda.
Opposition stemmed mainly from concerns about undesirable drainage patterns caused by the addition of 18 homes to the area. Many citizens expressed fear that the current potential for flooding along Voges Street would be exacerbated if the project were to move forward.
Although the plans report an acceptable drainage rate, residents still raised concerns that erosion would occur if large volumes of runoff are released over days at a time.
Continued opposition included claims of blatant lawbreaking related to the project. Speaking against the subdivision, Ward Richter and Roger Pollock both made statements regarding the purported illegality of diverting water to and away from the rightful properties.
They claimed that any alteration of the natural flow of watershed is illegal, according to the Texas Constitution. The opposition also claimed that the deed restrictions of the property could not be fulfilled according to the plans submitted.
However, city engineer Dean Bayer assured the citizens and council that the plans submitted showed a flow rate and drainage time that fell within the specifications of the city’s land development ordinances.
Despite Bayer’s assurance, the council moved to deny the proposal after a request by Justin Wiatrek to table the issue for the time being. At this time, the subdivision will not move forward.
In other matters, the council discussed the city’s new joint recycling program with the Poth Independent School District. According to Mayor Travis Pruski, residents can use the recycling bins located next to the school’s bus barn to present glass, paper, plastic, and other recyclable non-food items. In addition to the obvious benefits of recycling, the city also stands to earn money from the program, designated for the Poth Education Foundation.
The bins will remain at this location for a trial period of several months. Pruski encouraged use of the bins to ensure that they remain present. In addition, the school district will receive several containers from IESI for use on the campuses.
The meeting also included recognition of outgoing council member Linda Criado, honored for her service to the community for the past two years. She lost her bid for re-election to Jason Smolka, who was sworn in during the meeting, along with returning councilmen Paul Martinez and Steve Martinez.
Paul Martinez was again appointed by the council to act as the mayor pro tem; he has held this position for the last two years.
In attendance: Councilmen Darren Dylla, Paul Martinez, Steve Martinez, and Jason Smolka; former Councilman Linda Criado; Mayor Travis Pruski.
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