Atascosa County Judge’s Report : Bits and Bobs



I just received a positive response to my letter to TXDOT to lower the speed limit on FM99 in south county. It connects from Karnes County to Live Oak. The residents complain that the speed of the traffic and especially the big trucks is dangerous. TXDOT agreed. We asked for the 70 MPH to be lowered to 55 MPH and achieved a lowering to 60 MPH. That will be a welcome change. Residents, please keep me informed as to the effectiveness of the change as well as the placement of changed speed limit signs. They say it should be done in about two weeks. I hope the Sheriff’s Deputies and DPS will patrol (and DPS Weight Officers).

The new treatment facility in the Juvenile Detention will be delayed because our Detention Center Manager left us and Bill Gamez, the Chief Juvenile Probation Officer, is taking over the project. I visited with him last week and he believes the delay should not be more that about 30 days.

Finishing the Justice Center continues to drag on. The contractor cannot seem to finish the prisoner section with the special glass that is needed. Hopefully by the time you read this it will be done. We cannot adequately use the prisoner holding section until we have the glass and Jail Standards in Austin has signed off on it.

JP3 construction is moving along very quickly, it seems, and the weight station is progressing. We are getting there. The Animal Control is running very full. Now that we have contracts on all the cities but Lytle the animals are pouring in. We expected a big surge the first and maybe the second year of operation. Hopefully our plan will work, and, we will see demand drop substantially the third year. We knew that this situation had been ignored so long we would be experiencing unincorporated subdivisions and cities in dire need of eliminating strays.

Weekly quote: Will Rogers, “Never drink downstream from the herd.”

Thanks for listening.

We want you to be proud of your County Government.

BOB HURLEY is the Atascosa County Judge. You may e-mail him at countyjudge@

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