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Section A: General News


Grease stops city sewers


Grease stops city sewers
Floresville police Chief Lorenzo Herrera (left) and Floresville City Attorney Louis T. Rosenberg address the city council at its April 10 meeting about a proposed ordinance to regulate 8-liner electronic gaming machines.


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Wilson County News
April 16, 2014
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FLORESVILLE -- A buildup of grease, caused by commercial and residential customers who dump spent cooking oil in the drains of their homes and restaurants, continues to cause problems throughout Floresville’s sewage system, according to City Manager Henrietta Turner during an April 10 presentation before the Floresville City Council.

Turner said the city’s need to enforce its grease-trap ordinance is one of the recommendations that the Texas Commission on Environmental Quality (TCEQ) had for Floresville, following a preliminary inspection that followed three recent incidents at the wastewater treatment plant on Goliad Road. She is calling for water customers to dispose of grease properly and to refrain from pouring cooking fats into sinks and toilets. Turner also wants to work with the Wilson County Health and Public Safety Office to monitor restaurants for compliance with the ordinance.

The wastewater plant had three incidents in March:

•March 15 -- 2,000 gallons of sewage and storm-water runoff overflowed from a manhole adjacent to a drainage ditch off Goliad Road, due to the mechanical failure of the floats within the plant.

•March 21 -- approximately 50 gallons of sewage and storm-water runoff overflowed from the same manhole, due to the floats becoming tangled. An alarm designed to alert staff of the issue failed.

•March 26 -- 1,000 to 1,500 gallons of sewage and storm-water runoff overflowed from the same manhole, after the floats again became tangled. The power failed, and an alarm also malfunctioned.

Turner said the floats have been replaced and properly secured to avoid further entanglement. A battery backup also has been added to the alarm to prevent it from being knocked offline due to power outages. The alarm, she said, also will activate an auto-dialer system, which will summon wastewater employees to respond to the plant.

Residents who hear the alarm and see the accompanying beacon flashing are asked to call 911.

The city and TCEQ continue to work together to address all of the issues at the plant, Turner said.

Another matter presented to the council was related to marketing, specifically modifications to the city’s website. Jose A. Garcia of Laredo-based Graphitiks gave a lengthy presentation that depicted a website that would include advertising and information about Floresville businesses. He also suggested using hotel/motel tax proceeds to help pay the cost of redesigning the site. However, Garcia gave no indication of the cost of his services.

Also during the meeting, the council discussed a proposed ordinance to regulate 8-liner electronic gaming machines, which included permitting requirements and annual fees. The council voted to table action pending further review, after Councilman Eric Rodriguez suggested the city first should address its code compliances shortfalls before adding more to be regulated.

“If we have issues with tall grass right now, what makes you think we can enforce 8-liners?” he asked.

In other business, the council voted to hold these workshops:

•April 30 -- with the Floresville Planning and Zoning Commission with regard to 60 new homes being proposed for construction in the River Bend residential subdivision.

•May 14 -- to discuss upcoming changes to the Floresville Electric Light & Power System’s rate structure.

Also in attendance: Mayor Diana Garza and councilmen Johnny Ray Nieto and John W. Guerrero; interim City Secretary Monica Cordova, interim Comptroller Connie Moreno, City Attorney Louis T. Rosenberg, Police Chief Lorenzo Herrera, and Executive Director Tommy Baker of the Floresville Economic Development Corp.





 

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PRAIRIE GROUCH  
GRAND PRAIRIE TX  
April 17, 2014 3:44am
 
All that grease is just the unintended consequence of a change in men's hairstyles. :-)

 
Senior Citizen  
Wilson County  
April 16, 2014 7:46pm
 
If the city can't even keep up with its Facebook page, they can't maintain an updated web presence. Building a new web page does not mean they city will know what to do with it. They need to look at their options before they ... More ›

 
Concerned Tax Payer  
Floresville, Texas  
April 16, 2014 7:21pm
 
I thought we were insolvent? Aren't these little luxuries that we can do without? Just like a normal household, if you can afford it, buy it. If you have no extra money, just dream on!!!! How can you market an insolvent city?

 
Senior Citizen  
Wilson County  
April 16, 2014 6:29pm
 
Yes, the city needs help with its websites and even an inactive Facebook page, but why a firm from Laredo?

 
Webmaster  
Floresville  
April 16, 2014 4:13pm
 
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