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Floresville to map sewer system


Floresville to map sewer system
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FLORESVILLE -- The city council here is taking the next step in its ongoing pursuit toward water and wastewater models. At its Oct. 7 special meeting, the Floresville City Council authorized the expenditure of $25,160 for completion of a wastewater collection system study.

City Manager Henrietta Turner said the expenditure marks the continuation of a project that began during the previous fiscal year. The total cost of the study, which will include electronic mapping of the city’s entire wastewater system, is $97,160. Then, she said, the city plans to complete a similar process for its water system.

City Engineer Larry Heimer of San Antonio-based Bury+Partners said the electronic mapping will have an accompanying Excel spreadsheet. This will allow the city to calculate the impact of a potential building project.

Also during the meeting, Administrative Assistant Monica Cordova gave the council an update on the city’s ongoing efforts to prompt residents to clean up their dilapidated buildings, junk vehicles, weedy lots, and other nuisances.

Prior to the start of the council getting down to business, Mayor Diana Garza spoke during “citizen comment.” She informed those in attendance that some residents have expressed that they were offended over a bill stuffer that promoted the Knights of Columbus’ upcoming March for Life event, due to the inclusion of a Bible verse. Garza apologized, stating that she authorized city staff to include the item with utility bills that were mailed at the beginning of the month.

The mayor’s authorization is in conflict with Section 3.01(b) of Floresville’s home-rule charter, which reads, “The mayor shall be recognized as the head of the city government for all ceremonial purposes and by the governor for purposes of military law, but shall have no regular administrative duties.”

In other business, the council approved changes to its meeting schedule for November and December:

•The first November meeting remains set for Nov. 7, while the second has been reset from Nov. 28 -- Thanksgiving Day -- to Nov. 21.

•In December, the first meeting remains set for Dec. 12. The second, which would have taken place Dec. 26 -- the day after Christmas Day -- has been rescheduled to Dec. 19.

In attendance: Mayor Diana Garza and councilmen Jim Miller, Mario Morones, Sherry Martinez Castillo, John W. Guerrero, and Eric Rodriguez; City Manager Henrietta Turner, City Attorney Louis T. Rosenberg, City Secretary Sherry Pollok, Administrative Assistant Monica Cordova, City Engineer Larry Heimer, and Project Manager for New Development Andrew Barrientes.

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