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No left turns in school zones
N. KILBEY-SMITH —
La Vernia city councilmen Marie Gerlich (l-r) and Randy Leonard enter council discussions Aug. 14 with Mayor Robert Gregory.
Just in time for the start of the new school year, the city of La Vernia is making a few changes to expedite traffic flow and keep students safe.
During school zone hours on F.M. 1346 and Bluebonnet Road (F.M. 775), left turns are prohibited from the La Vernia Independent School District campuses. Vehicles exiting the campuses cannot make left turns onto these roads from 7-9 a.m. and 3-5 p.m. on school days, following approval Aug. 14 by the La Vernia City Council. An exception will be made for buses.
Signs will be posted accordingly, said La Vernia Police Chief Bruce Ritchey. He hoped the signs would be available in time for the first day of school, Monday, Aug. 25.
Flashing lights also will indicate the speed limits in force during the school zone hours; the council approved an ordinance amending the prima facie maximum speed limits for these zones. On F.M. 1346, the speed limit is 35 mph during the posted times, with the maximum on Bluebonnet Road (F.M. 775) set at 30 mph during school zone hours.
In other matters, the council approved:
•Rezoning two lots on D.L. Vest from residential to retail, to accommodate an art studio operating there. The owner will accommodate parking requirements, due to the zoning change, he said.
•Rezoning the Hermann Sons Lodge property on Bluebonnet Road (F.M. 775) from residential to retail.
•Amending the fee schedule for solid waste collection to include recycling.
Mayor Robert Gregory provided an update on the city’s municipal well project. The city expects to bring its new municipal well online around Oct. 1, he said. Bids will be sought to repaint the tanks that were moved from U.S. 87 to the new well site, and a change order was made to install “manways,” he said.
The council also presented an appreciation plaque to the family of former Councilman Roger Miller, who passed away in March.
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