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Third time’s a charm for three-bay truck wash
STOCKDALE -- The third time’s a charm for Gary West’s proposal for development of a three-bay truck wash associated with the Eagle Ford shale exploration.
West approached the Stockdale City Council Feb. 4, to seek reauthorization by the council for an economic development agreement under Chapter 380, Texas Local Government Code, originally approved last April.
He explained he was able to acquire different financial terms, making the project economically feasible.
The project, West said, would make “good use for that piece of property.”
In April, the council agreed to sell a 0.85-acre tract off S.H. 123, known as the Birdsong Property, to West for $28,400 with all utility hookups, except for electrical. That was the second time West had approached the council, after his previous bid was rejected.
The council agreed to the Chapter 380 agreement, with the dates to be changed accordingly.
In other matters, the council agreed to allow Trent Teinert of the Texas Parks and Wildlife Department to use a vacant office in the city’s community building, once used by the Texas Department of Public Safety troopers. Teinert sought office space in Wilson or Karnes county, to allow for more outreach programs for schools and landowners, as well as assist with quail restoration in the area.
In other matters, City Secretary Thania Santos announced that the final date to file for the May election is Friday, Feb. 28. Council seats up for election are Place III, currently held by Scott Soden; Place IV, Becky Adams; and Place V, now open, due to the resignation of Roger Armstrong during the Feb. 4 meeting. See related article, below.
The council also:
•Reappointed Frank Bain Jr., JC Hrubetz, Ginger Coleman, and Gary West for two-year terms on the Stockdale Economic Development Corp.
•Heard that Edwin Baker has resigned his position as Stockdale fire chief. See “Baker resigns” for more.
In attendance: Mayor Ray Wolff; councilmen Sherry D. Lambeck, Scott Soden, Becky Adams, and Roger Armstrong; City Manager Banks Akin, City Secretary Thania Santos, Stockdale Marshal Jim Stewart, Public Works Director David Tillery, Stockdale Fire Marshal David Rice, Trent Teinert of the Texas Parks and Wildlife Department, Gary West, and city attorney Elizabeth Provencio of Denton, Navarro, Rocha & Bernal PC of San Antonio.
Edwin Baker, who has served as chief of the Stockdale Volunteer Fire Department (VFD) since 2000, is resigning from the position, to focus on training others in the firefighting field.
Baker has served in every position of the department since he joined the Stockdale VFD at the age of 16. In 1996, he was named assistant fire chief.
A fire instructor since 1994, he currently is teaching State Firemen’s And Fire Marshals’ Association courses at the Stockdale VFD, located at 111 S.H. 123 N. Baker said he has taught students from Guadalupe, Atascosa, Karnes, Goliad, and Wilson counties. The classes are made possible from grants from the Texas Forest Service, Federal Emergency Management Agency, and numerous other organizations.
In June, Baker was appointed to the Texas Volunteer Firefighters’ and Fire Marshals’ Certification Board.
Resigning as fire chief will allow him to focus on training, he said.
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