A t the time of writing this article, pending council approval/awarding the contract, we are one step away from starting a major fresh water project upgrading several main water lines throughout the city. Just a brief description of the project areas; Ave B, Ave C, Ave D, Ave E, Ave F, Holly St., Ave G, Ave H, City Hall alley, Ave I & 3rd St., Ave J, Ave K, Amphion, Alley Line, Boyd St., 4th St., 5th St., 6th St., 7th St., 9th St. As you can see, this is a major project and is going to take several months to complete. Before the construction starts, I will provide more detailed information on the actual start time and areas of construction. There will be a city map highlighting the areas to be upgraded. We will try to provide estimated times for each phase of construction before the work starts.
Financing has finally come through with Government Capital Corporation for improvements at the wastewater plant. The city has launched its new online Utility bill pay. This has been a long time coming for our community. The new software will allow the residents and business owners to view their accounts, payment history and usage of water. Coming soon in the next couple of weeks, residents will be able to have their payments automatically drafted from their accounts. WIFI has been installed at Canyon Park and a router will soon be installed so the public may access the WIFI.
Interviews for a new accountant were concluded and Bernadette Quintero was offered the position.
Inspector Bill Lay has received Health Inspection training and will be conducting our own Health and Food Inspection at local restaurants and stores in the city.
The city has moved our Springbrook software to the cloud and will be implementing a few more modules to help with the efficiency of work among the employees. Going from a local server to the cloud will help ensure our system and data are protected for physical and electronic access.
A couple of events happening in the city this month: At the Poteet Public Library, February 8, 10 a.m. to 12 p.m. Valentines Paint party; on February 9 2-5 p.m. Beautiful You and City of Poteet has collected a few gently used and clean formal dresses/prom dresses, dress shoes and jewelry for young ladies who would like to attend prom, but are unable to due to the cost. This is available to students in Atascosa County who are in need. Anyone wishing to donate any items, please contact Shawnene Heather at 830-742-3574, ext. 303.
On February 8 from 8 a.m. to 1 p.m., please support the Poteet Farmer’s Market at the Poteet Strawberry Festival grounds and sign up for Cupid’s 5K and 1 Mile Heart walk.
WILLIE LEAL is the Mayor of Poteet. You may E-mail him at mayor@poteettexas. gov.