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Year in Review: City mourns councilman, acts on growth, change




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LA VERNIA --Managing change and growth has challenged the La Vernia City Council throughout the past year.

As 2013 began, Councilman D. Bradford Beck resigned from the council, but remained on the city’s municipal development district board. Former Councilman Marie Gerlich was sworn in to replace him in February.

The city was dealt a painful blow in March, with the unexpected passing of longtime Councilman R.W. “Bobby” Richter. A moment of silence was observed during the council’s April meeting, and Richter’s family was presented in July with mementos by the city in gratitude for his service.

The city also worked to make progress with a new municipal well, in the works for several years now. Federal grant funds were approved in 2010 for the project. As the year ended, the well remained in progress, but not completed.

In May, former Planning and Zoning Commission member Jennifer Moczygemba was elected to the council, replacing Eloi Cormier. However, Cormier returned to the council in June after being approved to fill the remainder of Bobby Richter’s term.

To continue to meet the needs of the growing community, the council approved adding a part-time clerk to City Hall staff.

As oil and gas exploration continues in the Eagle Ford shale, the city approved a moratorium in September on such exploration within the city limits.

Continuing to address growth and manage the ongoing changes, the city hosted town hall meetings in November. Presentations were offered on a proposed La Vernia Downtown District Vision Plan, to develop a comprehensive strategy to promote economic growth, and attract new private-sector investment to the city, among other aims.
 

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