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Year in Review: City contends with road, animal issues
ST. HEDWIG -- Same people. Same issues. Different year.
This was a recurring theme for the city of St. Hedwig. Although slated for municipal elections last May, no opposing candidates filed to run against incumbent councilmen Dwayne Padalecki, Francisco Arevalo, and Walter Wyrwich, so the three retained their council seats for another term each. Since no one filed for the May election to fill the remainder of the term of Mayor Mary Jo Dylla, who resigned in November 2012, Padalecki presided as mayor pro tem; he continues in this capacity at this time.
The three, along with councilmen Susann Baker and David Rakowitz, continued to wrestle throughout 2013 with animal-control issues and road maintenance and repairs, an ongoing challenge for the city with its limited budget.
Animal control has long been a topic at city council meetings, and 2013 was no exception. Costs for picking up stray animals, housing and caring for them, and related services, would make a huge impact on the city’s finances, Baker told the council in May. The city instead continued limited services with Bexar County, including collection of rabid animals for approximately $60 per head.
Road repairs and maintenance also continue to be a challenge for St. Hedwig. To facilitate these, the council contemplated hiring an individual or firm to manage road projects. In November, the city hired Pleasanton-based Rakowitz Surveying and Engineering Services to evaluate roads slated for repair. The firm also was charged with responsibility for devising a plan to fix the roads and for soliciting bids from prospective firms to perform the work.
As the year ended, the city was working with the Texas Department of Transportation to utilize the department’s off-system bridge program to effect repairs to the bridge over the Martinez Creek on Miller Road.
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