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Section A: General News


Brothers appeal to county to fix C.R. 331


Brothers appeal to county to fix C.R. 331
Jay Pullin, who resides on C.R. 331 north of Floresville, addresses the Wilson County Commissioners Court via prepared remarks during its Sept 9, meeting.


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September 11, 2013
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Jay and Joe Pullin are hoping that the Wilson County Commissioners Court will put an end to what they describe as almost a half-century of deteriorating conditions on C.R. 331 north of Floresville. The brothers pled their case to the commissioners during their Sept. 9 meeting.

Jay Pullin read from prepared remarks, expressing concern over the ruts and loose rock, which could pose a safety hazard to vehicles traveling on the roadway.

“I can see how a school bus is going to lose control and turn over, and I am not trying to scare you, just report that there is a strong possibility of that happening,” he said. “All a driver has to do is swerve to miss a deer, and you will have a mess on your hands.”

Pullin also complained of the dust kicked up from speeding vehicles. He said a recent informal survey of the approximately 30 families residing in his area revealed that 40 percent of the respondents had heart or lung problems. Pullin said his wife, who has been undergoing cancer treatment for the past few years, recently was told by her oncologist that her lungs are deteriorating because of her environment.

“There is only one environment that it can be -- the dust on the road,” he said.

Joe Pullin said the dust has become so problematic that he no longer can allow his grandchildren to practice riding and roping in an arena he built on his property. Now that arena is used to store hay.

Part of the reason for the issues with C.R. 331, said Joe Pullin, is that responsibility for the thoroughfare changes whenever commissioners redraw district lines. Over the years, he said, the roadway has been in precincts 1 and 4. It now is located in Precinct 2.

“They never leave the road in one precinct long enough for one commissioner to have a plan,” Joe Pullin said.

Pct. 2 Commissioner Paul Pfeil said he is researching options related to paving C.R. 331, but costs might leave no other choice but completing the work in phases. Furthermore, Pfeil said, it has become increasingly difficult to obtain the materials because of increased demand from companies performing state-contract work.

“The best they can give me is two loads a day,” he said. “Two loads ain’t nothing.”

Floresville Postmaster Johnnie Crisp joined the Pullins in asking for the county to address the problems on C.R. 331. He cited similar concerns with the conditions of C.R. 304, C.R. 243, and C.R. 112.

Also related to roads, Joe Ramos of the Alamo Area Council of Governments introduced the commissioners to Jeff Labenz-Hough and Steve Templer of San Antonio-based HDR Engineering Inc. The two gave a presentation on a technology called mechanical concrete, which involves using discarded passenger-car tires to aid in road construction (see video 3 below).

After the sidewalls are removed, the tires are laid above the stabilized subgrade and fastened together in a grid. Road material then is poured above the tires and spread flat. Labenz-Hough alleges that the technology creates a stronger, more durable roadway that costs an estimated 40 percent less to build and maintain. The technology, which has started to be applied in some Texas counties, already is in use in West Virginia, where roads traveled to transport coal endure abuse similar to those in the Eagle Ford shale region.

In other business, the commissioners:

•Held the first of two public hearings on the proposed fiscal year 2014 ad valorem tax rate of 43.63 cents per $100 of taxable property value.

•Voted unanimously to approve a cost-of-living increase of 2 percent to the contribution toward its employee retirement benefits. County Auditor Verna Gorzell estimates that the increase will cost the county $11,000 per year.

In attendance: Wilson County Judge Marvin Quinney, and commissioners Albert Gamez Jr., Paul Pfeil, and Ricky Morales; County Auditor Verna Gorzell, Sheriff Joe D. Tackitt Jr., County Clerk Eva Martinez, Treasurer Jan Hartl, Emergency Management Coordinator LeAnn Hosek, Coordinator Edwin Baker of the Wilson County Health and Public Safety Office, Kristin Labus and Lisa Eberhardt of the Wilson County Auditor’s Office.

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Eric  
Floresville  
September 12, 2013 5:12pm
 
The same Paul Pfeil who used chemicals that specifically stated do not use near agricultural land or in waterways to spray the bar ditches of weeds and brush? The county could get sued because of this idiot.

 
The Marcelina Muse  
Dry Tank, TX  
September 12, 2013 1:21pm
 
What, you expect a politician to prioritize spending? Why where would the money come from to fund their pet projects. Roads? That's a low priority program.

 
Just Wondering  
Poth, TX  
September 11, 2013 8:44pm
 
Cry me two freaking giant rivers. You knowingly moved down this road so quit complaining. Paul fill his pockets Pfiel ain't gonna do anything about it so move to somewhere the road is paved and QUIT whining.

 
Chief Noetall  
Wise, Texas  
September 11, 2013 8:23pm
 
TBONE ONLY HAD 2

 
Sam Eagle  
Muppet Land  
September 11, 2013 5:39pm
 
Maybe stuff would get fixed if the commissioners court was more concerned with doing its job than it is with fattening their pockets and those of their kids and cousins. The roads are crap but everyone gets a raise. Good ... More ›

 
T-Bone Pickens  
Poth  
September 11, 2013 5:29pm
 
Chief Prairie Grouch - you need to either quit drinking before you post or get a better keyboard.

 
Chief Noetall  
Wise, Texas  
September 11, 2013 5:16pm
 
i BET THAT MOST OCOUNTY TROADSAA HAVE IMPROVED SIN D PEOPLE HAvce MOVRD IN HUman sn!

 
PRAIRIE GROUCH  
GRAND PRAIRIE TX  
September 11, 2013 4:57pm
 
iGUESS JAWILL TRY TO FORM ANOTHER ROAD DISTRICT AND HA E THE PERSONS RESIDING IN A SUBDIV ON cr304PAY THE TAXES

 
Never going to change  
poth  
September 11, 2013 3:25pm
 
oh cry me a river your problem is paul pfeil ,if the oil companies were drilling near your road you would get new roads,drainage and bridges/ solution vote em out and replace with someone that has suffered using these roads.

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