Jourdanton Mayor proclaims Domestic Violence Awareness Month; Hospice, Palliative Care MonthFree Access



Laura Villareal (at left) and Tasha Meyer, both of New Century Hospice join Jourdanton Mayor Robert “Doc” Williams as he proclaims November as National Hospice and Palliative Care Month in Jourdanton. LISA LUNA | PLEASANTON EXPRESS

Laura Villareal (at left) and Tasha Meyer, both of New Century Hospice join Jourdanton Mayor Robert “Doc” Williams as he proclaims November as National Hospice and Palliative Care Month in Jourdanton. LISA LUNA | PLEASANTON EXPRESS

Jourdanton Mayor Robert “Doc” Williams read the proclamation declaring October as Domestic Violence Awareness Month, at the Oct. 19 meeting. The proclamation states that one in four women will experience domestic violence during her lifetime. Women and children fleeing from domestic violence makes them the fastest-growing homeless population.

The proclamation also recognized the partnership between the City of Jourdanton Police Department and Safer Path Family Violence Shelter.

“We are committed to increasing public awareness of domestic violence in cities and sending a clear message to abusers that domestic violence is not tolerated in Jourdanton,” said Mayor Williams.

Domestic violence impacts millions each year, but it can be prevented, continued Williams. Preventing domestic violence will cause a collective voice and power of individuals, families and others in the community. Andrea Rathmell, Director of Education, Outreach and Prevention at Safer Path was on hand for the proclamation reading, which recognized the importance of domestic violence programs and victims services providers.

Andrea Rathmell of Safer Path Family Violence Shelter addresses the Jourdanton council on Domestic Violence Awareness Month.

Andrea Rathmell of Safer Path Family Violence Shelter addresses the Jourdanton council on Domestic Violence Awareness Month.

“I really appreciate all of the support that we get from the City of Jourdanton,” said Rathmell.

National Hospice and Palliative Care Month

Tasha Meyer and Laura Villareal of New Century Hospice were also in attendance, as Mayor Williams proclaimed November as National Hospice and Palliative Care Month.

The proclamation states that hospice and palliative care provide the highest quality of care to patients and families, as well as bring comfort and love to all that they serve across the nation. Hospice and palliative care professionals provide comprehensive and compassionate care that make the wishes of each patient and family a priority. Pain management, care givers training and emotional and spiritual support allow patients to live fully up until their final moments surrounded and supported by family and community care givers. Such care reaffirms their belief in the essential dignity of each person and every stage of human life. New Century Hospice serves Atascosa County and the surrounding area.

Other business

The council discussed action on D&D Contractors,

Inc. Change Order No. 1, dated Oct. 1, 2020, in the amount of $13,918.50 on the 2019 Street and Drainage Program.

City Manager Lamar Schulz explained, “This is an item that came up after the bids and proposals were done. It has been reviewed by the internal staff and with the engineer. We are in agreement that this does need to be done, so we want to move forward and get this accomplished.”

The area he was referring to is right in front of the library. Mayor Williams said it is the area where three waterlines are sticking up that need to be levelled with the surface, in the corner by the telephone pole.

Council member Tymrak Daughtrey asked, “Why did we not know that?”

Schulz explained that it was not in the preliminary plans at all.

“It was not planned to do it at that point, but as they got into it, they thought that this was the proper route to get it done correctly,” said Schulz.

Tymrak-Daughtrey asked if M&S Engineering missed something and if they did the engineering. Schulz answered that they did, but that M&S was also taking certain things from people internally, so he could not say exactly where the blame would go in this case.

Tymrak-Daughtrey said she was thinking of the change orders that have been done at city hall. She asked how it was possible that if the city had what they thought was a good engineering firm that recommended D&D Contractors, that here they were with a change order for $14K.

She asked who screwed up and didn’t include that project in the first place. She felt that if it was the engineering company that left it off, then they should be paying it.

Council member Chester Gonzales said he couldn’t see how there were 25 extension valves for not even a mile of street. He made a motion to table the item in order to verify with M&S exactly where the 25 extension valves are. In other words, is it for the whole project, or just that portion of the street. The motion passed unanimously.

Following much discussion between Tymrak Daughtrey and City Attorney Dan Santee, council voted to adopt an ordinance regarding the City of Jourdanton of Ordinances, Article 1.07 Division 1 Code of Ethics. Voting against was Tymrak Daughtrey.

Council unanimously recommended approving an ordinance regarding an application for a special use permit for the property located at 814 Pecan St. and legally described as block 195, lots 12, 14 and 16. Applicant Neva Casarez was seeking a special use permit to allow a manufactured home on the property.

Also unanimously approved was an ordinance to approve a special use permit for the property located on Pecan Street and Waltom Avenue, legally described as block 320, lots 1,3, .3223, 5 and 7. Applicant Dayna Tate was seeking a special use permit to allow a manufactured home on the property.

Council unanimously authorized the mayor to sign an engagement letter with Armstrong, Vaughn & Associates PC to conduct the 2019-2020 audit for the City of Jourdanton.

The city’s health, dental and vision insurance renewal plan was approved unanimously.

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