Shades of gray to grace City Hall


La Vernia City Hall will get a spruce-up in the near future, and a new color scheme.

Colors approved for the building’s exterior by the La Vernia City Council during its Oct. 12 meeting are Silver Dollar and Sublime -- shades of gray. This will be complemented by new, industrial-style lighting. The changes include new signage to identify City Hall. The total cost for all will not exceed $10,000; the amount was approved during the September council meeting.

“In my opinion, this is setting the tone -- appearance, professionalism [for the city],” said Councilman Jay Hennette.

He and councilmen Eloi Cormier, Dianell Recker, and Mark Doege also approved spending $26,000, to put five new Toughbooks computers in La Vernia Police Department vehicles. The new equipment will replace failing computers from 2008, police Chief Bruce Ritchey said.

The council also held a public hearing and subsequently approved a request to replat property at 2543 F.M. 775, across from The Den, to allow the sale of part of the property.

Council members also approved:

• Reappointing Sharon Tanneberger to the Floresville Electric Light & Power System board, as a non-voting representative for La Vernia

• Reappointing the mayor to represent the city and the La Vernia Independent School District (ISD) on the Wilson County Appraisal District board, for 2018 and 2019

• An interlocal agreement between the city and the La Vernia ISD for a school resource officer; the salary will be paid by the school district and the city will provide a vehicle, according to the police chief

• To enter a health agreement with Wilson County, to provide annual health inspections for nursing homes, day-care facilities, and foster homes

• To seek requests for proposals for a new elevated water tank, following an executive session from 7:13-7:28 p.m.

• A resolution to support the police department to apply for a Rifle Resistant Body Armor Grant

• A resolution regarding the city’s credit card policy, and increasing the limits on the various cards

• To designate Nov. 6-10 as Municipal Court Week.