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Commissioners consider dogs, mud run, drainage




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Robert Floyd and his wife attended the Wilson County Commissioners Court meeting Nov. 25 to recommend an ordinance regarding noise and odors, but they found an ordinance may already address their problem.

“I want to make the dog owner responsible to stop the barking, odor, and flies,” said Floyd, whose neighbor’s lot in the Oak Hollow Estates subdivision near La Vernia contains not only a large number of dogs but also eight ponies. “This many animals on 3 acres is far too much.”

He and his wife, Julie, detailed the problem, which they said had been going on for at least five years.

County Judge Marvin Quinney suggested the Floyds check out section 8.4 of the county ordinances and then talk to the Precinct 3 constable.

“The officer will have to build a case, but from what you’ve said, he’ll have plenty to go with,” Quinney said.

John Duke of Cycle Ranch also appeared before the commissioners to ask for formal approval for the Dirty Girl Mud Run to take place Dec. 7 on his ranch.

He described the mud run as a noncompetitive event in which spectators pay to watch women run, walk, or crawl on a very muddy course.

One commissioner said his only concern was people parking along the side of the road. Duke replied that he had purchased additional property to accommodate all the parking.

“This could bring thousands of dollars to the county,” Duke said.

The commissioners approved the event, but stipulated that the county’s health and public safety office would have to complete a field inspection.

Another kind of inspection turned up a mobile home “encroaching” into a variable-width drainage easement.

Wilson County Emergency Management Coordinator LeAnn Hosek explained that the mobile home was not in the flood plain, but that about a third of the front of the home was in the drainage easement.

“If the owners have a survey completed, an easement release could be issued,” she said.

Pct. 1 Commissioner Albert Gamez Jr. looked at the situation from the mobile homeowner’s point of view.

“If they have to pay for a survey, it’ll cost them a lot of money,” Gamez said.

Quinney suggested tabling the matter.

“Let’s work out an alternative,” he said.

In other action, the commissioners:

•Heard recommended changes to the county employees handbook in a committee report offered by County Treasurer Jan Hartl.

•Approved an amendment to Beyer & Co. to pay an additional fee for a single audit requirement.

•Approved a utility permit for S.S. Water Supply on Wood Valley Drive.

The commissioners also discussed a potential new site for commercial driver license testing. See page ?A for related article.

Wilson County Commissioners Court Nov. 25 meeting. In attendance: County Judge Marvin Quinney; commissioners Albert Gamez, Paul Pfeil, Ricky Morales, and Larry Wiley; Emergency Management Coordinator LeAnn Hosek; interim County Auditor Verna Gorzell; County Treasurer Jan Hartl.
 

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