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City of La Vernia considers drilling ordinance
La Vernia Mayor Robert Gregory (from left) and councilmen John Richter and Eloi Cormier consider amending the city’s sign ordinance during the Dec. 11 council meeting.
Wilson County NewsDecember 18, 2013 2,244 views 1 comment
The La Vernia City Council has amended its ordinance on signs and discussed a comprehensive ordinance to regulate subsurface petroleum and natural gas drilling; this took place during the Dec. 11 regular council meeting.
Councilman Randy Leonard took the lead with changes to the sign ordinance, which already requires permits for placement of signs within city limits. The amendment includes specific language relating to banners, which are specified as all pole-mounted sail, feathered, teardrop, or bowed banners. These must be self-supported, no higher than 13 feet, and set back at least 5 feet from roadways.
The amendment limits the number of banners to two per business property or strip center and restricts display to business hours only. The amendment also requires a sign placement plan be presented at the time a permit is requested.
Leonard explained that existing banner placement would be “grandfathered.” However, the ordinance already required appearance standards. When a banner needs to be replaced, it would fall under the new restrictions.
The amendment to the ordinance was approved 5-0.
Mayor Robert Gregory led discussion regarding an ordinance that would regulate subsurface petroleum and natural gas drilling, establish procedures for issuing subsurface drilling permits, and require permits and annual registration fees.
He offered a draft of the ordinance, which he said was essentially the same as that of Karnes City. Additions, Gregory said, were inclusion of noise restrictions and the forbidding of drilling in the flood plain.
Highlights of the draft ordinance include prevention of drilling close to homes and restriction of seismic testing.
Gregory suggested that the council address the proposed ordinance again after the beginning of January.
Council members then discussed raising the fee schedule for food licenses to pay for more comprehensive inspections. They agreed to let Bureau Veritas, a company that specializes in inspections, review the current ordinance relating to food establishments.
In other action, the council:
•Set the fee for sign permits at $25 per sign.
•Appointed the mayor as its representative on the Wilson County Appraisal District board of directors.
•Postponed creating an employee leave bank policy.
•Contracted Bureau Veritas to perform building inspections.
La Vernia City Council Dec. 11 regular meeting. In attendance: Mayor Robert Gregory, council members Randy Leonard, Eloi Cormier, Marie Gerlich, Jennifer Moczygemba, and John Richter; City Secretary Angela Cantu, Sgt. Danny Pitts of the La Vernia Police Department, and Public Works Director Jason Mills.
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