New fire station study, haz-mat clean-up time approved

Several items were approved and discussed at the regular session of the Pleasanton City Council held on Thursday, June 5. In attendance were Council members Doug Best, District 1; Abraham Saenz, District 2; Diana Prasifka, District 3; J.R. Gallegos, District 4 and Jeanne Israel, District 6. Roger Garza, District 5, was absent.

Growth gets approval

Four subdivisions and retail Final plats for Bakke Pleasanton Retail and Pleasanton High School Subdivision were both approved. Preliminary plats for Howard Subdivision, Louisiana Liquid Services Subdivision, Maverick Subdivision and Oakhaven Apartments were also approved.

New Fire Station to be discussed for Fiscal year 2015

Pleasanton Fire Chief Chuck Garris presented the need for a new fire station. Having a site within 1.5 miles of emergency services will answer the needs of the Master Plan plus it will help with the Insurance Service Office (ISO) rating. Lower ratings influence homeowners’ insurance premiums. The council voted to have the city staff begin a plan and design phase for a new fire station to be included in the Fiscal Year 2015 budget.

Security for Pleasanton Playscape

The council also voted to direct the City Manager to look at the feasibility and cost to add security cameras for the playscape and a park ranger and present the findings to council for consideration in the Fiscal Year 2015 budget.

The Longhorn Museum will see an expansion as well in the 2015 budget. Museum director Valerie Purgason presented suggestions to the council to add/move exhibits to the large hall since it is no longer used for meeting space.

Hazardous Materials Pick-up

Also discussed and approved was to have the City Manager schedule a city-wide hazardous materials and used tire pick-up this year and to use the reserve funds from sales tax revenue to pay for it as well as to make it an annual event for city residents (no businesses) and to add it to the Fiscal Year 2015 budget.

Properties designated for demolition or the need for them to be brought up to code are as follows: Property ID #28017 605 Fourth Street; Property ID #29081 503 Harl Street; Property ID #30649 317 Virginia Street and Property

ID #29514 325 Franklin Boulevard.

New Economic Development Project in Pleasanton

Asif Mahmood presented an economic development project that will be breaking ground in two to three weeks in front of Chaparral Place executive apartments on Oaklawn. A new restaurant, Village Inn, will be built with a target opening day of November 1. The restaurant offers an extensive menu and it will open early – 4 a.m. – to serve a breakfast crowd as well as lunch and dinner. It will employ 40-50 people at living wages, Mahmood stressed.

Due to timeline and scheduling of other entities’ meetings, the agenda item in reference to the Atascosa County Appraisal District’s 2015 Budget was tabled.

The council then recessed into executive session emerging about 10 minutes later to direct the city attorney to proceed as directed concerning complaints, claims, requests and/or demands from Ernest Trevino.

Next meeting

A special council meeting will be held tonight, Wednesday, June 11, at 6 p.m. Items on the agenda include presentations and discussions on the Crestline to IH 37 Project.

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