You’ve been granted free access to this subscribers only article.
Elmendorf may join China Grove, Harmony for fire services
The Elmendorf City Council, during its Aug. 14 meeting, voted unanimously to support the city becoming part of a proposed emergency services district (ESD), providing fire services for a portion of Bexar County that also includes the city of China Grove and the Harmony community.
China Grove’s Fire and Rescue Chief Mike Winfield attended to encourage Elmendorf to become part of the ESD. Winfield said being part of an ESD would ensure everyone served would be paying for fire protection because Bexar County would be collecting the tax, based on property evaluations, from both city residents and residents in unincorporated areas.
“Everybody would pay,” Winfield said.
Two ESDs currently levy ad valorem taxes in Wilson County to provide fire protection services to the Eagle Creek and La Vernia areas; Bexar County ESD No. 12 does the same for residents in and around St. Hedwig.
City Administrator Cody Dailey asked about the governing of the ESD and whether Elmendorf would be represented. Winfield said the Bexar County Commissioners Court would appoint a five-member board; Elmendorf has a “good possibility” of having a representative on it, he said.
Councilman Richard Rodriguez asked if a fire station would still be located in Elmendorf once the ESD was established.
“We hope the board will listen to the people,” Winfield said.
The council’s support for including Elmendorf in the ESD means supporters can proceed with obtaining signatures for a petition to place the matter on the ballot in May, when Elmendorf voters can decide the matter.
It was also a good evening for the Elmendorf Police Department, as council members unanimously approved a summer uniform for officers and the purchase of two new police vehicles.
Chief Michael Pimentel recommended a cooler shirt for officers during the warmer months. The department’s two paid and eight volunteer policemen will wear a blue and black polo-style shirt with reflective lettering from May to September; this will replace the solid black button-down shirt worn in the cooler months. Dailey said the city budget already included funding for the uniform purchase. Council members agreed to adopt the summer uniform shirt.
Council members also approved upgrading the department’s vehicle fleet, after Officer Jason Burchett made a presentation explaining the condition of the department’s three current vehicles and outlining options for the purchase of new vehicles.
Councilman Thomas Hicks made a motion to approve purchase of two 2014 Ford Police Interceptor Utility vehicles at a cost of $40,859.75 each, along with two mobile radios at $4,452.75 each, and two mobile computers for $2,708.20 each for the two vehicles.
Burchett advised the police currently use only hand-held radios in their vehicles. Pimentel also said the department would keep the best of the three current police vehicles. The motion to purchase carried.
The council also revisited a recommendation by Augustine Ortiz to make a part of the city park available for young people to operate go-karts and similar recreation vehicles. He presented a petition signed by 89 city residents in favor of the idea. However, Mayor Evelyn Lykins said that did not indicate how many people would actually use a go-kart track. Other council members raised concerns about safety and costs related to building and maintaining a track in the park.
A motion by Hicks to have the city engineer design a track and estimate construction costs before taking up the subject again passed unanimously.
Also addressed by the council was the wording of the “final notice” sent by the city water department to customers. After discussion, Ortiz moved to have wording added to the statement to clarify a later due date for senior citizens, which was approved 3-2.
Your Opinions and Comments
Be the first to comment on this story!
You must be logged in to post a comment.
Section A: General News Archives
Attend Health Fair in Seguin July 29 (July 22, 2015)
Crash near county line claims one (July 22, 2015)
ECISD gives raises, keeps tax rate same (July 22, 2015)
Editorial: Choose carefully where to invest your energy (July 22, 2015)
Editorial: Government for Big Money (July 22, 2015)
Editorial: Is the Civil War over? (July 22, 2015)
Editorial: It’s time to take a stand in defense of liberty (July 22, 2015)
Emergency services directors review OT costs, reduce fleet (July 22, 2015)
Fox Chapel continues SEDC payments (July 22, 2015)
Franchise Ownership Workshop July 25 (July 22, 2015)
Goody bag items needed for chamber (July 22, 2015)
Hospital district approves adding new medical staff (July 22, 2015)
Jade Helm 15 military exercises under way (July 22, 2015)
Jason Talley to lead state organization (July 22, 2015)
Keeping Floresville in style for 25 years (July 22, 2015)
La Vernia area could combine paid, volunteer fire staff (July 22, 2015)
Meeting Watch: Falls City City Council (July 22, 2015)
Meeting Watch: Falls City ISD (July 22, 2015)
Meeting Watch: La Vernia ISD (July 22, 2015)
Obamacare increases starting pay for food-service staff Stockdale ISD (July 22, 2015)
Paying ‘stupid tax’ (July 22, 2015)
Police Blotter (July 22, 2015)
Police seek three suspects for theft (July 22, 2015)
Poth ISD board gets first glimpse of 2015-16 budget (July 22, 2015)
UIW to bring holistic healing to SA’s south side (July 22, 2015)
Bealls participates in clothing drive (July 15, 2015)
Beautification group to meet (July 15, 2015)
CoDA finds source of anxious behavior (July 15, 2015)
Commissioners grant waiver to Mission Rail Industrial Park (July 15, 2015)
Editorial: Americans’ focus is on anything but serious issues (July 15, 2015)
Editorial: Looking back on my 85 years (July 15, 2015)
Editorial: Surprise! Scientists have ‘cracked code’ to happiness (July 15, 2015)
Elmendorf council votes 4-1 to abolish ‘assistant city administrator’ post (July 15, 2015)
Elmendorf, SAWS reach deal (July 15, 2015)
FEMA seeks Texans to work at disaster recovery offices (July 15, 2015)
Floresville joins opposition to water transport project (July 15, 2015)
Floresville Visitor & Tourist Bureau takes small steps (July 15, 2015)
La Vernia council remains as MDD board (July 15, 2015)
La Vernia council terminates city secretary (July 15, 2015)
Letter: Let’s get involved (July 15, 2015)
Managing growth, groundwater responsibly — an analysis of water ‘surplus’ project (July 15, 2015)
Meet DPS Sgt. John Henke (July 15, 2015)
Meeting Watch: La Vernia City Council (July 15, 2015)
No lease: Floresville 4A Corp. applies for beer license (July 15, 2015)
No quorum for Poth EDC (July 15, 2015)
Otto Kaiser plans health fair, low-cost physicals (July 15, 2015)
Police blotter (July 15, 2015)
Questions remain after reported attack (July 15, 2015)
Reputed dope dealer takes plea (July 15, 2015)
Saenz interns with Cuellar (July 15, 2015)
STEER calls for award nominations (July 15, 2015)
Stockdale News: Giving Jubilee kudos (July 15, 2015)
Stockdale News: Leos to hold yard sale (July 15, 2015)
Stockdale News: Library fun continues (July 15, 2015)
Stockdale News: Mitchell places in top 10 of national rifle competition (July 15, 2015)
Stockdale to receive $311K in grant, earnings distribution (July 15, 2015)
Texas A&M to pair with two-year colleges (July 15, 2015)
Unauthorized subletting (July 15, 2015)
Veterans eligible for VA Medical Care (July 15, 2015)
Winter rainfall dries up city’s utilities income (July 15, 2015)
World Heritage Site designation piques curiosity in ranch (July 15, 2015)
ADCaP, UIW online fall information session is July 9 (July 8, 2015)
Avoid skin cancer; protect your family from the summer sun (July 8, 2015)
Chief appraiser’s opening draws four applications (July 8, 2015)
Connally donates to Floresville Food Pantry (July 8, 2015)
Court Update (July 8, 2015)
Dangers of leaving children in vehicles during summer (July 8, 2015)
Deel named top 10 advisor, inducted into Hall of Fame (July 8, 2015)
Does the YMCA have a future in Wilson County? (July 8, 2015)
Editorial: Guns in church can work (July 8, 2015)
Editorial: U.S. Supreme Court disasters (July 8, 2015)
Evergreen states opposition to Cibolo, Schertz water plan (July 8, 2015)
Floresville Economic Development Corp. (July 8, 2015)
Floresville Planning & Zoning Commission (July 8, 2015)
Floresville police hunt suspects, arrest two (July 8, 2015)
Home safety while you’re away (July 8, 2015)
Host an exchange student (July 8, 2015)
How to handle difficult discussions in the workplace (July 8, 2015)
Letter: A third letter to America (July 8, 2015)
Letter: Hoping to find the cowardly culprit (July 8, 2015)
Letter: No press coverage, no tickets (July 8, 2015)
Meeting Watch: Poth ISD (July 8, 2015)
Museum seeks lumber, pictures (July 8, 2015)
Nominate your 2015 favorite country doctor (July 8, 2015)
Nonprofits encouraged to partake in Newcomers Fair (July 8, 2015)
Parking garage at SA airport to close (July 8, 2015)
Pause investing for a luxury (July 8, 2015)
Police Blotter (July 8, 2015)
Poth cancels another city council meeting (July 8, 2015)
Poth, Stockdale could get Connally Memorial clinics (July 8, 2015)
Rancho de las Cabras achieves World status (July 8, 2015)
Shooting range drives citizens to City Hall (July 8, 2015)
SSCA to meet (July 8, 2015)
St. Hedwig City Council backs off fire-code variance (July 8, 2015)
Texas sues EPA (July 8, 2015)
Trustees approve $9.55 million budget (July 8, 2015)
Yoga Center marks one year (July 8, 2015)
Corner Store grand opening is set for July 2 (July 1, 2015)
Court Update (July 1, 2015)
Crouch Memorial Bull Riding (July 1, 2015)
Dan Patrick weighs in on same-sex marriage decision (July 1, 2015)
Disabled veteran license plates available for widows (July 1, 2015)
Does the EPA control your stock tank? (July 1, 2015)
East Central ISD decisions will save taxpayers millions (July 1, 2015)
Editorial: Changing the past to fundamentally transform America (July 1, 2015)
Editorial: Donald Trump tries to put his brand on GOP (July 1, 2015)
Editorial: Hillary and history: Best-known is not the same as best-qualified (July 1, 2015)
Event highlights seniors, vets, services July 17 (July 1, 2015)
FELPS aims to improve reliability systemwide (July 1, 2015)
Floresville ISD adopts $39M budget (July 1, 2015)
Floresville keeps city manager, 'extravaganza' (July 1, 2015)
Free July training for business owners (July 1, 2015)
Guadalupe deputies hunt fugitive after bar fight near Seguin (July 1, 2015)
H-E-B recalls burger buns (July 1, 2015)
La Vernia approves $26M-plus budget (July 1, 2015)
Letter: Frightened aging bones (July 1, 2015)
Meeting Watch: Falls City City Council (July 1, 2015)
Miles Svoboda earns saddle in chute dogging event (July 1, 2015)
New battalion commander recalls Floresville roots (July 1, 2015)
Nixon residents respond to shooting with prayer (July 1, 2015)
Parkside Homes wins planning and zoning approval (July 1, 2015)
Scam email: Pay up or die (July 1, 2015)
Skloss retires after four decades with Karnes Electric (July 1, 2015)
Tanker, tow truck crash on U.S. 181 (July 1, 2015)
Tour vintage aircraft at Stinson Municipal Airport (July 1, 2015)
Traps to avoid after graduation (July 1, 2015)