Council approves HEB expansion

At the Dec. 6 meeting, the Pleasanton City Council voted unanimously to approve the final plat for the Oaklawn Commercial Subdivision, HEB Grocery expansion.

Mark Johnson of Bury+Partners Engineers and Surveyors out of San Antonio was hired by HEB to work on its plans for further expansion at the Pleasanton store.

Pleasanton City Engineer John Metting explained the variance for the flood plain was approved a few weeks back. As far as drainage, the existing drain between the old TNT Car & Truck store and the gas station and car wash will stay the way it is for now. Water and sewer is available there, said Metting and the city will soon complete that sewer job.

Councilman Jimmy Magel asked if they are going to build over the existing drainway. Metting said they are leaving it as it is right now. Before they would build over it, they would put in a culvert. However, they are not proposing anything on it at this time.

Magel said, “I’m just concerned because there is a lot of water going down there and sometimes it goes over the drainway. You’re the engineer so…”

Following this item, council voted unanimously to accept the appraisal for the .410 acre tract in the right of way of Preston Street between Oaklawn and Jackson, in the amount of $10,200.

City Manager Bruce Pearson said this issue was initiated earlier this year by Councilwoman Kathy Coronado when HEB submitted its plans to council.

“The suggestion voted on by council was that if they wanted to use parking in our right-of-way, then some easement compensation should be addressed,” said Pearson.

An appraisal of that area was done and their assessment of the easement is $10,200. The complete area is .410, which consists of a parking easement and a temporary construction easement. Pearson explained the calculations used and that they were asking council to accept the appraised value.

Council then voted unanimously to enter into easment agreements with HEB Grocery for the .410 acre tract in the right-of-way of Preston Street, between Oaklawn and Jackson Street.

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