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City council approves school zone changes

City council approves school zone changes
Signs similar to this will alert drivers on F.M. 1346 and Bluebonnet Road (F.M. 775) in La Vernia that left turns are prohibited from La Vernia school campuses during school zone hours. Classes begin Aug. 25; drivers can be cited for failure to comply.

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Drivers along F.M. 1346 and Bluebonnet Road (F.M. 775) in La Vernia will notice some changes as classes begin next Monday, Aug. 25, following actions by the La Vernia City Council.

To expedite traffic flow and promote safety, during school zone hours on F.M. 1346 and Bluebonnet Road (F.M. 775), left turns will be 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. Left turns were discouraged previously, by placing traffic cones to prevent the turns. However, the ordinances will allow his department to issue citations to enforce the turn restrictions, Ritchey said.

“This is, by far, the safest thing for teen drivers and the city,” said Councilman Jennifer Moczygemba.

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, where the Art Attack studio is now in operation. Owners Glenn and Jenean Mills will accommodate parking requirements due to the zoning change, Glenn told the council.

¢Rezoning the Hermann Sons Lodge property on Bluebonnet Road (F.M. 775) from residential to retail.

¢Amending the fee schedule for the city’s 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.

He reminded the council that updates in future council meetings will be different, since La Vernia has a new city administrator. Yvonne Griffin was in attendance her first “official” council meeting and will brief the council in the future, Gregory said.

The meeting also included a presentation to the family of former Councilman Roger Miller, who passed away in March. Gregory recalled Miller’s dedication to the community and city of La Vernia as a police officer, Lions Club member, and councilman, who had just taken a place on the Floresville Electric Light & Power System board on behalf of the city prior to his death in a vehicle accident. Gregory presented the family with a plaque, which was received with great emotion by Miller’s family members.

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