Jourdanton City Council members met on Oct. 21 for their regular meeting. Comprising the council are Mayor Robert “Doc” Williams and members Jack R. Harrison, Chester Gonzales, Raul Morales, Karen Pesek and Johnnie Goetzel. Not in attendance was Morales.
Mayor Williams read the proclamation recognizing Domestic Violence Awareness Month in Jourdanton, with the staff of Safer Path Family Violence Shelter on hand.
Council voted unanimously to approve a resolution to implement the updated Jourdanton Police Department Policy and Procedure Manual, as presented by Police Chief Eric Kaiser. He explained each council member should have received a disc with an updated policy. It was last updated 2001 and so there are a lot of things that have changed in law enforcement since then, said Kaiser.
“It is taken from the Texas Police Chiefs Association Best Practices and is also one of the steps that we needed to take to become a recognized agency, which is our goal in the future,” Kaiser said.
He added the policy was updated not because any- thing in it was wrong, but rather because it was very dated and a modern, up to date policy is needed.
Following a public hearing, council voted unanimously to grant a special use permit to allow a manufactured home on the property at 1110 Magnolia in Jourdanton, block 256 Lots 10A and 12A.
Council voted 3-1 to grant a special use permit to allow a manufactured home on the property at 814 Olive St. in Jourdanton, Block 177, Lots 12, 14 and 16. Included in the vote was to allow 30 days to clean up the debris, from the house that was burned on the lot. Goetzel abstained since Olive St. is her street.
Council members voted 3-1 to table action on the appointment or reappointment of a representative for the City of Jourdanton to the Atascosa Appraisal District Board of Directors. Susan Netardus is the city’s current rep and council may choose her again, or someone else. Voting against tabling the item was Gonzales.
Council voted 3-1 to approve the job description for the Director of Finance. Voting against was Goetzel.
Following a presentation by the city’s insurance agent Doris Park, council unanimously approved the city’s health, dental and vision insurance proposals.
Pesek shared an idea on establishing a program “Caught Doing Something Good,” in which citizens would be recognized for doing good works. She said residents who know of acts of kindness performed could call the office and let them know. Gonzales said he thought it was a good idea. Goetzel also liked the idea and asked if they would ask for proof. Council discussed asking for photos and checking social media. Pesek said she wanted to table the matter for a future agenda item in January.