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Council talks crime rate

Council talks crime rate
ERIC MORENO La Vernia city Councilman Marie Gerlich (from left) and Randy Gerlich, Mayor Robert Gregory, and Councilman Harold Schott discuss rezoning issues during the July 10 council meeting.

A spate of burglaries of small businesses in La Vernia prompted discussion July 10 during a meeting of the La Vernia City Council.

Sgt. Danny Pitts of the La Vernia Police Department and Mayor Robert Gregory encouraged the assistance of citizens regarding crime prevention. (See “Police: Protect your business,” July 10 La Vernia News.)

“I am concerned about what’s been going on,” Gregory said. “We’ve had some issues here in town lately and we are starting to see some crime that we’ve never seen before. I think that getting the word out and being proactive is what we need to be doing.”

Pitts stressed the need for increased vigilance, especially as the city gears up for the La Vernia Parks Foundation’s BBQ Cook-off fund-raiser in the La Vernia City Park in August.

Also on the agenda was discussion of the digital sign installed at Crisp Realty on U.S. 87 and if it meets the city’s zoning standards. The city will review the original application and permit for the sign to determine if it meets the city’s signage requirements.

The council also held public hearings regarding rezoning applications for several properties. Discussion of two properties one on Seguin Road and another on Canfield was tabled during the recent meeting of the La Vernia Planning and Zoning Committee, while the property owners re-evaluate their applications. No comments were received regarding several properties on Bluebonnet Road (F.M. 775), including a proposed restaurant.

Also discussed were the city’s ongoing water well projects, and the review of bids for a surplus city vehicle; the city accepted a bid of $700 from a private party for the pickup truck.

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