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Poth City Council gives $500 to Shattered Dreams




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POTH -- The city council here has decided to bolster Poth High School’s Shattered Dreams program with a $500 donation, with a unanimous decision at its Dec. 16 meeting.

Also during the meeting, the council received reports from department heads, including Public Works Supervisor Kenneth “Buck” Griffin, who said that the San Antonio River Authority said the city is “a pretty good candidate” to receive help in clearing a creek bed that runs near Farmers Gin on F.M. 541. This help could come in 2014, and would depend upon approval from the affected landowners.

Griffin also said sewer lines on Voges Street have been installed and that work is ongoing to replace the street. He added that 1 to 2 houses per month are being added to the city’s water and sewer systems as Poth is experiencing a surge in residential construction.

During Police Chief Lowell Hull’s report, he informed the council of his intentions to work with the Wilson County Sheriff’s Office to seek grant funding for new police radios. This, after a radio issued to Patrolman Roberto “R.J.” Sanchez malfunctioned Dec. 8, leaving the officer to use a cellular telephone to alert sheriff’s dispatchers that two suspects who fired at him had fled.

Sanchez’s bullet-riddled 2009 Ford Crown Victoria Police Interceptor patrol car was rendered a total loss by the city’s insurance company, Hull said. The vehicle will be wrapped in plastic and held as evidence in the associated investigation.For more about the case, and the city council’s recognition of Sanchez, see article, page 1A.

Also related to the police department, Hull said eight-year department veteran Lt. Troy Phillips submitted his resignation prior to the meeting. Phillips, who for his remaining two weeks is utilizing unused vacation time, has accepted a position as an investigator in Karnes County.

Poth City Council meeting Dec. 16. In attendance: Mayor Paul Martinez and councilmen Jason Smolka, Darren Dylla, Steve Martinez, Eric Ramirez, and Keith Rodgers; City Secretary Rose Huizar, City Engineer Dean Bayer, Municipal Judge Hilda Tejada, Public Works Supervisor Kenneth “Buck” Griffin; and Chief Lowell Hull, Cpl. Jonathan Kurtz, and Patrolman Robert “R.J.” Sanchez of the Poth Police Department.
 

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