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Section A: General News


FELPS manager addresses Stockdale power ‘blinkages’




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Power “blinkages” continue to plague the residents of Stockdale, with no explanation or solutions given to resolve them. During the Dec. 17 Stockdale City Council meeting, Mayor Ray Wolff took the opportunity to question the Floresville Electric Light & Power System (FELPS) general manager.

FELPS General Manager Kyle Dicke attended to present the utility’s budget to the council, but Wolff questioned him about why the city’s FELPS customers experience so many power blinkages.

“We have a problem ... and it is serious,” Wolff said.

Stockdale City Manager Banks Akin expressed concerns about the outages, as development continues within the industrial park.

Dicke said capacity is not the problem. Instead, a 650-square-mile “black hole” exists between Stockdale and Cestohowa, he said. The installation of additional field power lines for the Eagle Ford shale oil and gas exploration is helping, but Dicke added, “I will not tell you it will solve the problem.”

The questions followed Dicke’s presentation of FELPS’ 2014 fiscal year budget to the council. FELPS’ 18-percent earnings distribution to Stockdale, under the three-owner-city agreement with Floresville and Poth, will give the city an estimated $160,380 annually or approximately $14,000 per month.

The mayor did not reserve his questions for FELPS. He later questioned why two city employees were attending animal-control training sessions, when the county voters approved construction of an animal shelter, as part of $8.5 million in certificates of obligation approved during the November election.

“That’s what they passed the election for,” Wolff said.

Also during the meeting, Akin reported that the 1/4 percent increase in the sales-tax rate, approved by voters in May, brought

$6,500 in revenue in the first two months since implementation. Akin estimated the increase would amount to $39,000 annually for the maintenance of existing city roads.

The council also approved the reappointment of Vernon Lambeck and David Deason as the city’s representatives to the FELPS and the Wilson County Appraisal District boards, respectively.

In other business, the council adopted an ordinance prohibiting all-terrain vehicles in public parks and other city property. Allowances will be made for maintenance conducted by city employees and for those involved with functions, such as the Stockdale Watermelon Jubilee, with prior authorization.

The council also approved rezoning requests for:

•Luis Vidal to change a lot located at 118 E. Wheeler St. to a multi-family district from residential district. Currently, this lot is vacant and this will allow for the placement of a manufactured home.

•Eric Gann to change a lot located at 106 W. Wheeler St. from a residential district to a commercial district. Gann plans to construct a tire and truck accessory shop there.

In attendance: Mayor Ray Wolff; councilmen Sherry D. Lambeck, Scott Soden, Saul Bosquez, Becky Adams, and Roger Armstrong; City Manager Banks Akin, City Secretary Thania Santos, Stockdale Lions Club President Angelicque Schmidt, Floresville Electric Light & Power System General Manager Kyle Dicke, and Eric Gann of RWG Tire Shop.

pkopecki@wcn-online.com
 

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