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Council takes look at code compliance
WILLIAM J. GIBBS JR./Reprints at wilsoncountynews.com
Texas Department of Transportation (TxDOT) Traffic Safety Specialist Robbi L. Branche-Smith (second from right) presents a $3,000 check to (from left) Floresville Police Department Patrolman Eric Hutchinson, Sgt. Daria Fowler, Patrolman Daniel Small Jr., and Reserve Officer Oscar Valdez in recognition of the department’s winning TxDOT’s Click It or Ticket Mobilization Summer Incentive Award. This is the second consecutive year the department has won the award for its efforts to encourage drivers and passengers to buckle their safety belts.
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FLORESVILLE -- Criticism over what some allege is a subjective code enforcement crackdown has prompted the city council here to get involved. This was a significant topic of the Floresville City Council’s Oct. 24 meeting.
The conversation was a continuation of one that started at the council’s Sept. 26 meeting, when resident George Gonzales railed against city officials for not taking action against a neighbor with an unkempt yard. Administrative Assistant Monica Cordova also gave a presentation on her efforts to enforce some of the city’s related ordinances, but the council wanted more detail.
Cordova, at the Oct. 24 meeting, said that since the end of June she has sent 121 letters to property owners who are in violation of the city’s ordinances. Of those, only 45 of them have corrected their infractions, while she said 13 citations were issued for noncompliance. One property owner, who Cordova said has accumulated a lot of items over “many years,” has been given time to clean his property.
“He’s been cleaning and I see an improvement,” she said.
But Gonzales does not believe the city is doing enough.
“Quit giving me the runaround,” he said. “It’s always the same song and dance!”
The council directed City Manager Henrietta Turner to follow up with Gonzales about his concerns. Turner said she met with Police Chief Lorenzo Herrera, who is pursuing options related to granting Cordova the authority to write citations for code violations -- instead of having to rely on police officers to perform the task.
Another code enforcement-related issue the council discussed dealt with parking trailers on city streets, alleyways, and side streets. City Secretary Sherry Pollok said the current parking ordinance only mentions semi tractors and their towed units, not ones such as bumper-pull or gooseneck trailers typically towed by passenger cars and pickup trucks.
The council directed that the Floresville Planning & Zoning Commission, which has been working on the city’s first-ever comprehensive land-use plan, pursue the matter.
Also during the meeting, the council:
•Heard a request from the Floresville Chamber of Commerce to allocate 30 percent of the city’s hotel/motel tax proceeds to the chamber for use in maintaining its Tourist and Visitor Center on 10th Street (U.S. 181).
•Voted to approve a maximum exemption from taxation of $15,000 property value for city residents who are older than 65 or who are disabled, which will take effect in the 2014 tax year.
•Voted to approve a draft ordinance requiring that all contracts between the city and other entities be put in writing.
•Approved downtown street closures for the Floresville Chamber of Commerce Festival of Lights Parade Dec. 7.
•Met in closed session for approximately one hour to discuss the Navarro v. Daniel Small Jr. and the City of Floresville and the Sisley v. Floresville lawsuits, as well as the proposed sale of the Floresville Economic Development Corp.’s Beer Warehouse and an earlier resolution concerning manager conferences and direction to the city attorney. Miller said after the meeting that the council took no action when it reconvened in open session.
Floresville City Council meeting Oct. 24. In attendance: Mayor Diana Garza and councilmen Jim Miller, Mario Morones, Sherry Martinez Castillo, John W. Guerrero, and Eric Rodriguez; City Secretary Sherry Pollok, City Attorney Louis T. Rosenberg, City Manager Henrietta Turner, Administrative Assistant Monica Cordova, Comptroller Lara Feagins; and Sgt. Daria Fowler, patrolmen Eric Hutchinson and Daniel Small Jr., Reserve Officer Oscar Valdez, and Bailiff Albert Litterio of the Floresville Police Department.
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