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LV council approves moratorium on oil, gas exploration
LA VERNIA -- The city council has established a 60-day moratorium on oil and gas exploration within the corporate city limits. This was approved during a special meeting Sept. 27, after the La Vernia City Council decided more research was needed.
A representative from South Texas Environmental Education and Research (STEER) attended the special meeting. Mayor Robert Gregory suggested the council take this time to research and learn more about the exploration process.
The council also approved the 2013-14 budget and tax rate of 19.92 cents per $100 of appraised value, down .16 cents from last year’s rate of 20.08 cents.
The tax rate was approved as proposed. Councilman Jennifer Moczygemba voted against the rate, saying she felt like she could not approve the rate.
The council also discussed several new city employee positions, including a special projects coordinator, an office manager, and a part-time clerical employee. The council tabled action on the special projects coordinator and office manager until a more complete job description for each is drawn. However, the council did approve to hire a part-time clerical employee for the city. This person will assist City Secretary/Treasurer Angela Cantu.
With these changes, the city will no longer require the services of Code Enforcement Officer Janet Thelen, whose last day in that role was Sept. 30.
In other business, the council decided against contracting out mowing and landscaping services in the La Vernia City Park, choosing to utilize the skills and labor of public works employees instead. This would result in costs savings for the city.
In attendance: Mayor Robert Gregory; councilmen Randy Leonard, John Richter, Eloi Cormier, and Jennifer Moczygemba; City Secretary/Treasurer Angela Cantu; Code Enforcement Officer Janet Thelen; Director of Public Works Jason Mills; City Attorney Charles E. Zech; and Police Chief Bruce Ritchey.
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