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City approves recycling plan

City approves recycling plan
La Vernia City Councilman Randy Leonard (l-r), Mayor Robert Gregory, and Councilman John Richter view a map of a proposed realignment of Melissa Street during the March 13 council meeting.

During its March 14 meeting at city hall, the La Vernia City Council unanimously approved an ordinance amending its exclusive agreement with IESI for citywide solid waste collection to include recycling. Drop-off of recycling bins to serviced businesses and residences should be complete before the end of April with actual collection beginning early in May. The current trash-collection fee will go up $3 for the additional bin. The resolution also extended the current contract to Oct. 31, 2019.

“I encourage you to vote for recycling,” said Terrie Leonard, the only person addressing the council on the matter, citing a study that estimated 60 percent of garbage can be recycled into reusable products. Mayor Robert Gregory noted that the council had also received three letters on the subject, all supporting recycling.

Later in the meeting, the council took no action on a request to reduce the speed limit in the Silverado Hills subdivision. The decision followed the recommendation of La Vernia Police Chief Bruce Ritchey.

“I don’t see a speeding problem,” Ritchey said. “I see a stop sign problem.”

He said of the 37 vehicles he observed driving in the area, two ran the stop sign.

The mayor said a letter would be sent to the subdivision’s neighborhood association explaining the chief’s observations and the council’s decision.

The council also took the recommendation of engineer Clarence Littlefield to pass a resolution accepting work completed by J&S Water Wells in order to receive a grant from the Environmental Protection Agency. However, the council stopped short of taking his recommendation to award a contract for a filter plant to the lowest bidder.

“Awarding a bid is a big deal,” said attorney Jameene Banks. “Interested parties may want to be here.é Members of the public reading the agenda would not knowé.”

The mayor said the item will appear on the agenda for the next regular city council meeting.

Banks could find no legal problem with the city deeding the Melissa Street cul-de-sac back to the owner of the property there, who wishes to change the cul-de-sac into a through street before further developing the property. Once the street is realigned, it would be deeded back to the city.

After dialog with the south Texas business unit manager of Bureau Veritas, the council approved moving forward with a professional services agreement with the company for commercial and residential building inspections.

The council put off further discussion on a food inspection contract until a special meeting scheduled for Wednesday, March 18, at 1 p.m. in City Hall; the council also will consider action on a variance on the single family dwelling at 105 Alexandria St.

Also during the meeting, the council approved:

¢An ordinance regulating subsurface petroleum and natural gas drilling within the city’s territorial limits. The ordinance prohibits surface drill sites on city-owned property and parks, and establishes procedures for issuing drilling permits, among other things.

¢A resolution to contribute matching funds to the Floresville Electric Light & Power System for the La Vernia Little League.

¢Appointing Public Works Director Jason Mills to represent the city for a one-year term on the Canyon Regional Water Authority board of managers.

¢The work completed by J&S Water Wells.

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