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Sheriff asks Poth to chip in for dispatch
Wilson County Sheriff Joe D. Tackitt Jr.
Wilson County NewsJuly 30, 2014 3,936 views 6 comments
Like the other three incorporated cities located entirely within the borders of Wilson County, Poth receives its emergency dispatch services through the Wilson County Sheriff’s Office. At the July 21 meeting of the Poth City Council, Sheriff Joe D. Tackitt Jr. asked the council to consider reimbursing the county for these services.
Poth receives its ambulance services via Wilson County Emergency Medical Services (EMS), which also responds to calls in Floresville and at least a third of the county. The city has its own police department and a volunteer fire department. However, Tackitt said that unlike the other cities, Poth does not reimburse the county for the dispatching of police, fire, and EMS calls.
Tackitt said Stockdale -- which has a volunteer fire and ambulance service and recently added a city marshal and deputy -- pays the county $200 per month. Floresville, with a volunteer fire department and the county’s largest municipal police department, has paid the county $600 per month. He said Floresville’s agreement has stood unchanged for the past 35 years.
The sheriff proposes that Poth pay a fee comparable to the $3,000 per year paid by La Vernia, which also has a police department and volunteer fire and EMS units.
Councilman Keith Rodgers suggested further review of the issue as part of the city’s upcoming budget talks. The council’s first workshop was scheduled for Tuesday, July 29.
Tackitt said that if Poth began reimbursing for dispatch services, the county could use the funds to purchase equipment. For instance, a radio repeater near Jack Lane Stadium in Poth is not operating. Repairing it could improve radio reception for police, fire, and ambulance personnel in southern Wilson County. Two other repeaters in the county also need to be fixed, which Tackitt said could cost the county a total of $14,000.
Because the item was listed for discussion, the council took no action.
In other business, the council voted against approval of a preliminary plat for the Sandra’s Ridge residential subdivision. Developer Justin Wiatrek was not present for the meeting and neighboring landowners said he did not keep a promise to meet with them to discuss his plans. Father and son Richard and Ward Richter, Mark Moczygemba, and John Pollok all expressed concerns over the potential impact of storm-water runoff.
Also during the meeting, Sylvester Street resident Dick Evins again addressed the council about a neighboring landowner who has allowed the condition of his property to decline. Evins said the city’s current ordinances, along with the state’s Health and Safety Code, give Poth the right to remediate what he considers overgrown weeds and plants, dilapidated buildings, and piles of debris on the property, and subsequently bill the absentee landowner.
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