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City council OKs outsized sign


Size matters.

A variance request by Keller Custom Signs for a wall sign at a business complex on U.S. 87 West in La Vernia spurred discussion during the June 12 city council meeting. Mayor Robert Gregory said he denied the company’s permit request in 2008 because the sign measured 188 square feet, clearly exceeding the legal limit of 48 square feet. However, after considering the conditions for a new request, the council voted unanimously on a motion by Councilman Randy Leonard to approve the variance.

The three council members who are revising the city employee personnel policy handbook provided a progress update during the meeting.

“We’ve been working to clear up the language,” Leonard said. “We’d like to set up a workshop for presentation to the full council.”

“We’ll provide a draft [of the handbook],” added Councilman Marie Gerlich. “There are no major changes. We are just refining it, bringing it up to date.”

The council recognized a member of the city’s planning and zoning commission to discuss amending the city’s zoning ordinance, which requires new secondary buildings to comply with masonry requirements.

Gregory said that the owners of the only residence on Bluebonnet tore down a garage and want to install a small warehouse in its place. In discussion, it was noted that if the owners had modified the garage or added to it instead of tearing it down, they would not have run afoul of the ordinance. However, the only options now are to attach the new structure to the house, abide by the ordinance requirements, or obtain a change to the ordinance.

The options will be outlined in a letter to the owners, Gregory said.

In other matters, La Vernia Police Chief Bruce Ritchey said his department has acquired a repeater for $50,000, obtained through the Wilson County Sheriff’s Office via a grant. A repeater receives a radio signal on one frequency and simultaneously re-transmits the signal on another frequency in two-way radio communications. La Vernia police use both car radios and hand-held radios; the hand-held units need replacement, Ritchey said.

In other action, the council voted unanimously to:

¢Reappoint Richard Jackson as municipal court judge

¢Reappoint Jim Burdette as associate municipal court judge

¢Appoint Sharon Tanneberger to represent the city on the board of the Floresville Electric Light & Power System

¢Reappoint Leonard as mayor pro tem.

The council went into executive session at 7:22 p.m. to discuss and consider possible action on a right of way easement with Mr. and Mrs. John Bauman in relation to the city’s well project. However, after reconvening at 8:10 p.m., no action was taken.

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