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Elmendorf council approves new library, discusses park
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Marla Rodriguez (center), accompanied by museum Director Darlene Hicks (left) and Sean Emory, describes plans for the Elmendorf Heritage and Railroad Museum before the city council July 10.
WCN CorrespondentJuly 16, 2014 3,752 views 1 comment
A new city library is in the works for the city of Elmendorf.
The Elmendorf City Council designated a location for the library during its July 10 meeting; the members also discussed additional uses for the city park.
Council members reviewed a plan for converting the city-owned building at 203 Bexar Ave. into the Elmendorf Community Library. The library would include a children’s reading and activity room, a reading room with books for older children and adults, a computer access room that also could be used as a meeting venue, and an office. Although the plan is to finance operation of the not-for-profit library through grants, Alderman “Polo” Maldonado asked how much the library would cost the city in the short run.
“I think you can plan to spend some money,” City Administrator Cody Dailey said. “Electricity, Internet, ... day-to-day expenses.”
“There will be no paid employees,” said Darlene Hicks, a prime mover behind the library who has already obtained donations for the facility. Hicks said she could not apply for grants until the library was established. “Now that there’s a building, we’re going to try to get grants.”
The library plan includes space for the Elmendorf Heritage and Railroad Museum, a division of the San Antonio Railroad Heritage Museum Inc., also a not-for-profit 501c(3) organization. Dailey explained that part of the library building and grounds would be leased to the museum. The leased portion would consist of one room for inside display of artifacts, memorabilia, and photos; a work room in the back for restoring items; and an area for outside displays.
“We want to make sure we’ve got a good lease agreement -- as clean and clear as possible,” Dailey said.
The motion to designate the location of the library was approved unanimously.
Also discussed at length was a suggestion by an Elmendorf resident to open a designated area of the city park for bicycles and small motorized vehicles. At present, the park features only walking paths. The idea is to offer young people a safer place to operate their vehicles than on streets and highways. Council members expressed concern about liability.
“The trick is finding out how we can do this,” Maldonado said. There would have to be designated times, restrictions, and rules regarding the vehicles and the use of safety attire.
“At the end of the day, you’re going to have to have someone monitoring it ... [and this will incur] more expense,” Dailey said.
As a first step, Ortiz moved for council to obtain more information from the city’s insurers before further consideration. This motion was approved.
In other council business, members tabled until a later meeting action on agreements with Todd Booth of HWPD Inc. regarding a reinvestment zone and an improvement district. The council also voted to table any resolution regarding an agreement with Alamo Junction Rail Yard for repaving and widening a section of Old Corpus Christi Highway between Loop 1604 and the current city limits. However, the city and the Alamo Junction developer will continue discussion.
During the police chief update portion of the meeting, Chief Michael Pimentel said his department will conduct a “warrant roundup” July 24. People will be given a chance to pay their fines before the roundup date.
“We will work with people if we can,” Pimentel said. “But we will pick up people on warrants if they don’t come in first.”
He explained that a warrant directed a police officer to make an arrest, emphasizing, “If you have a warrant, you’re going to jail.”
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