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February 19, 2014 | 4,146 views | 5 comments

FALLS CITY -- Elected officials here are hoping that City Attorney Acie McAda and attorneys for San Antonio-based Texstar Midstream Logistics LP can come to an agreement over a pipeline easement that could extend into the city’s baseball field. The issue was discussed during the Feb. 12 meeting of the Falls City City Council.

McAda said the stretch of pipeline -- which was installed in 1939 -- is long dormant. It is part of a 130-mile-long pipeline that Texstar is working to refurbish so that it can begin carrying liquefied petroleum gas by March 1.

The concern is whether proposed work within the pipeline’s 50-foot easement will adversely impact usage of the field, as baseball season is fast approaching.

“The baseball field is for public use,” McAda said. “Then it becomes a question of competing public interests.”

Mayor Brent Houdmann said that company representatives told him that the baseball field would not be affected.

“I feel like they’re telling us whatever it takes to get the contract signed,” he said.

Councilman Jeff Johnson said, “The route they’ve got chosen is going to make a mess.”

McAda also is working with the city on its continued efforts to replace its approximately 290 water meters. Public Works Supervisor Jeremy Mandel suggested that the city might save money if it were to purchase and subsequently install the proposed radio-read meters. Meanwhile, negotiations between Falls City and Ferguson Waterworks Meter and Automation Group continue.

In other business, the council voted to order an election for May 10. Voters will cast ballots for the mayor and three at-large councilmen. Currently holding those seats are Mayor Brent Houdmann and councilmen Steve Swierc, Andrew Wiatrek, and Jeff Johnson. The council likely will appoint someone to fill a fourth seat left vacant since April 2013 when former Councilman Clarence Crawford resigned.

In attendance: Mayor Brent Houdmann and councilmen Jeff Johnson, Andrew Wiatrek, and Steve Swierc; City Secretary Lauren Sturm, Public Works Supervisor Jeremy Mandel, and City Attorney Acie McAda.
 

Your Opinions and Comments

 
Johnny Reb  
Lala Land  
February 26, 2014 12:08pm
 
A "councilman at large" is NOBODY'S councilman

 
Russell Dickerson  
Floresville, TX  
February 24, 2014 12:57pm
 
Well, noone ever accused me of being a Progressive.

 
Taylor  
floresville  
February 21, 2014 4:44pm
 
It's all in the name of progress mr. Dickerson. The fools elsewhere in the United States shale regions are making life difficult for oil companies here in south texas we had radio ads telling people to get out of the way of ... More ›

 
Tyra  
FloTown  
February 20, 2014 10:02am
 
EARTHQUAKES!!!

 
Russell Dickerson  
Floresville, TX  
February 20, 2014 8:26am
 
Any idea if this is the same pipeline easement west of US181 that is suddenly peppered with survey stakes? Are we about to get a new LNG line run though the Floresville area? I haven't seen any comment on it. Ever seen one ... More ›

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