AT&T tower is up; new truck for PVFD



CHRISTELLE TROELL | PLEASANTON EXPRESS Pleasanton City Manager Johnny Huizar, right, and Pleasanton council members honored city employees who responded immediately to a water/sewer problem at a local residence and fixed the problem quickly. The homeowner, who works out of town, was extremely grateful. Employees honored are, from left, Roy Garcia, Billy Ramos, Edy Galindo, and Justin Martin.

CHRISTELLE TROELL | PLEASANTON EXPRESS Pleasanton City Manager Johnny Huizar, right, and Pleasanton council members honored city employees who responded immediately to a water/sewer problem at a local residence and fixed the problem quickly. The homeowner, who works out of town, was extremely grateful. Employees honored are, from left, Roy Garcia, Billy Ramos, Edy Galindo, and Justin Martin.

Pleasanton City Council members heard some good news at their Dec. 6 meeting. Downtown Pleasanton is aglow with Christmas lights; a new AT&T tower is up; and the PVFD is getting a new fire truck. Mayor Travis Hall noted the Christmas lighting downtown is “special this year,” and recognized the city employees who worked hard to put up the lights: Michael Cruz, Homer Cruz, Charlie Reyna, Josh Rodriguez, Marcos Hernandez, Willie Martinez and Chico Ramirez.

The council approved the following items at the request of Parks & Recreation Director Greg Leach;:

* Awarded a bid to Kraftsman for construction of the new playscape at the Pleasanton River Park in the amount of $282,500 through the purchasing co-operative of BuyBoard;

* Approved a variance to city codes of ordinances regarding Tree Preservation, Tree Protection and Planting for Karnes Electric Cooperative. Karnes plans to provide 40 new trees in the City Park.

City Manager’s Report: Johnny Huizar stated the AT&T tower is up, the company is working on the interface and the tower should be on-line sometime in December.

* The Pleasanton Vol. Fire Dept. has been awarded a grant from TxDOT for a new brush truck. Total cost of the truck is $218,000. Cost to the city will only be $21,000. The city will now have three trucks in the new station at the airport.

* An economic development small business workshop was held on Nov. 8. He thanked Coastal Bend College, the Pleasanton Express and Pleasanton

Chamber of Commerce for promoting the workshop. A small business workshop concerning tax liabilities was set for Dec. 13.

* Recognition: A local citizen reported to council he experienced a severe sewer back-up at his home. His daughter was at the home alone at the time. He contacted the city who solved the problem. He reported the city came immediately and did a great job. He stated he works for the City of San Antonio and they don’t provide that kind of service. Pleasanton is doing a really good job, he stated. The city workers, Eddie Galindo, Justin Martin, Roy Garcia and Billy Ramos were recognized for their good work.

Appointments: The council reappointed Joe Rodriguez to serve as the city’s representative to the Atascosa County Appraisal District. Rodriguez reported it had been a busy year and the new building, donated to the district, “is awesome.” Leaks have been fixed, all employees certified and three new members have been appointed to the board.

Council approved appointment of Nelda Casares and Lillian Cashmer to the city’s Parks Board at the request of Parks & Recreation Director Greg Leach. “They are very passionate about the park,” Leach stated.

Appointed unanimously to the Airport Advisory Board were: Carol Drew, Weldon Cude, Joe Rodriguez, and Clint Powell. Three more people need to be appointed to fill the seven spots, it was noted.

Council Comments: Kenneth Hernandez thanked the Pleasanton PD for their Santa Program; Diana Prasifka stated folks in her district are excited about improvements to the park; J.R. Gallegos complimented city staff for the lighting downtown; Robert Earl Wood wished all a Happy Christmas and New Year; Britini Van Curan thanked the city, chamber and all for sponsoring Merry on Main and encouraged everyone to come out and enjoy the festivities.

Executive Session: Council convened into Executive Session to discuss deliberation regarding real property with an attorney. Items discussed included complaints and federal litigation involving Ernest Treviño; possible eviction of Francis Bijah Fowler from his residence at the Pleasanton Municipal Airport; and the possible purchase of real estate for improvements for the city.

Council reconvened just over an hour later from executive session. A motion to direct the city manager and city attorney to proceed as discussed in executive session regarding possible eviction of Fowler from his residence at the airport, was approved unanimously. A second motion to proceed as discussed in executive session regarding the City of Pleasanton vs. Francis Bijah Fowler in the 81st/218th Judicial District Court was approved unanimously.

Council then directed the city manager to negotiate the possible purchase of real estate for public improvements for the city.

Following approval of Ordinance No. 18- 1219 amending the City of Pleasanton Employee Handbook; and Resolution No. 185-18 expressing intent to finance expenditures to be incurred, the meeting was adjourned at 7:13 p.m.

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