Wilson County News June 19, 2013 | 1,627 views | 3 comments
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FLORESVILLE -- Police here are scrambling to keep up with the number of traffic citations and crashes brought about by a spike in the amount of vehicles passing through Floresville on a daily basis. This is why city leaders are planning to meet with state officials to address the problem.
During the June 13 meeting of the Floresville City Council, City Manager Andy Joslin reported that the Texas Department of Transportation (TxDOT) is studying the speeds of vehicles entering and exiting the city. TxDOT also has confirmed plans to install traffic lights at the intersection of U.S. 181 and Hospital Boulevard (S.H. 97 West), but it is yet unknown when that will occur.
Joslin said he has been in contact with State Sen. Judith Zaffirini and State Rep. John Kuempel, attempting to enlist their assistance. A meeting in Floresville with Kuempel, to which the public will be invited, could occur June 24 or 25.
Also during the meeting, the council held a brief public hearing related to gathering citizens’ input on the proposed annexation of the McCoy’s subdivision. City Attorney Louis Rosenberg informed the council that the 15.466 acres mentioned on the meeting agenda and in the legal notice of the hearing did not offer an accurate description of the land to be annexed. The annexation, he said, actually will encompass a much larger area.
If the city proceeds with the annexation, the city limits would extend northward to the intersection of U.S. 181 and C.R. 330, eastward to C.R. 301. It currently terminates at Roper’s on U.S. 181.
Joslin said the Floresville Planning and Zoning Committee would have to hold a special meeting to sign off on the plan before it is reintroduced to the council at a later date.
Also during the meeting, the council:
•Made presentations to city employees of the month for April and May, Joe Daniel Ortiz of the parks department and Andrew Barrientes of the water/wastewater department, respectively. Barrientes recently gained additional responsibility as the city’s project manager for new development.
•Voted to table two items related to Linebarger Goggan Blair & Sampson, LLP regarding third-party collection of delinquent municipal court fees and fines.
•Tabled two items related to the proposed new site of Richardson Bros. Chevrolet Polaris on U.S. 181 north of Floresville, pending further review of a requested variance for road construction.
•Voted 3-1 on resolutions against United Nations Agenda 21 and in support of the Second Amendment of the U.S. Constitution. Councilman Sherry Martinez Castillo cast the dissenting vote on both resolutions, while Councilman Mario Morones had been excused from the meeting prior to these items being discussed.
In attendance: Mayor Diana Garza and councilmen Jim Miller, Mario Morones, Sherry Martinez Castillo, John W. Guerrero, and Eric Rodriguez; City Attorney Louis T. Rosenberg, City Manager Andy Joslin, City Secretary Sherry Pollok, Assistant City Secretary Monica Cordova, Municipal Judge Sheila Garza-Medina, Project Manager for New Development Andrew Barrientes, and Cyndi Nichols of the Floresville Permits and Code Compliance Office.