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Businesses encouraged to nip crime in bud
A spate of burglaries of small businesses in La Vernia prompted discussion July 10 during a meeting of the La Vernia City Council.
Sgt. Danny Pitts of the La Vernia Police Department and Mayor Robert Gregory both encouraged the assistance of citizens regarding crime prevention.
The police department’s crime prevention specialist, Officer Charles Patty, recently issued crime-prevention suggestions for businesses in the wake of the burglaries. Prevention practices include installing alarm systems, changing safe combinations when staff changes occur, securing windows with locks, adding security lighting, and training staff to be aware for shoplifters and security issues.
“I am concerned about what’s been going on,” Gregory said. “We’ve had some issues here in town lately and we are starting to see some crime that we’ve never seen before. I think that getting the word out and being proactive is what we need to be doing.”
Pitts, in his department’s report, said it had been a relatively quiet month regarding crime in the city, but offered no direct figures. However, he echoed the mayor’s remarks regarding the need for increased vigilance from the community. This is especially a concern, he said, as the city gears up for the La Vernia Parks Foundation’s BBQ Cook-off fund-raiser in the La Vernia City Park in August.
In other matters, Gregory shared concerns raised regarding the digital sign installed at Crisp Realty on U.S. 87. Citizens have voiced concern as to whether the sign meets the city’s zoning standards.
The city will review the original application and permit for the sign to determine if it meets the city’s signage requirements.
The council also held public hearings regarding rezoning applications for several properties. Discussion of two properties, one on Seguin Road and another on Canfield, was tabled during the La Vernia Planning and Zoning Committee’s recent meeting, while the property owners re-evaluate their applications. No comments were received regarding several properties on Bluebonnet Road (F.M. 775), including a proposed restaurant.
Also on the agenda were the city’s ongoing water well projects, and the review of bids for a surplus city vehicle; the city accepted a bid of $700 from a private party for the pickup truck.
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