Pleasanton awarded block grant, honors municipal court employees



Pleasanton Municipal Court staff was recognized for their contribution to protecting the quality of life of the citizens of Pleasanton. Mayor Travis Hall proclaimed Nov. 5-9 as Municipal Court Week. From left are City Secretary Andres Aguirre, Rosalia Sosa, Shayla Hopes, Christina Mejia and Judge Sheila Garza. CHRISTELLE TROELL | PLEASANTON EXPRESS

Pleasanton Municipal Court staff was recognized for their contribution to protecting the quality of life of the citizens of Pleasanton. Mayor Travis Hall proclaimed Nov. 5-9 as Municipal Court Week. From left are City Secretary Andres Aguirre, Rosalia Sosa, Shayla Hopes, Christina Mejia and Judge Sheila Garza. CHRISTELLE TROELL | PLEASANTON EXPRESS

The news was good when Pleasanton Mayor Travis Hall and council members convened on Nov. 1. City Manager Johnny Huizar announced that the city has been awarded a $275,000 grant from Texas Community Block Grant Program. The funds will be used for projects in the current budget, he noted.

Mayor Hall proclaimed Nov. 5-9 as Municipal Court Week. He recognized court employees Rosalie Sosa, Shayla Hopes, Christina Mejia and Judge Sheila Garza, stating they protect the quality of life in our community.

Council approved the following items: Allocation of $8,500 of Hotel/Motel Taxes for sponsorship of the Merry on Main event as requested by the City Manager; the purchase of a large street sweeper for Public Works at a cost of $235,948.50 from TYMCO, Inc.

Mr. Joe Rodriguez, whose term as the city’s representative on the Atascosa County Appraisal District Board of Directors had expired, was reappointed to another two year term.

City Manager’s Report: Huizar announced that TxDOT has nominated the Pleasanton Airport as “Most Improved;” and that an area oil company has donated a very large fire extinguisher to the airport. Street work, he noted, is set to begin and will take 60- 90 days. The park project is back on track following the recent rains. The drainage piping is finished.

AT&T will have a cell tower installed by the end of November and operational by the end of December, Huizar reported.

“That is good news,” Mayor Hall stated. “AT&T has expedited the work to get everything done by Christmas.” The signal around city hall has improved, he stated.

Airport: $508,000 will be used for improvements to the taxi and runways. Huizar thanked the Park Board for the fundraiser which raised $25,000 and gave special thanks to the Women’s Club.

Park Project: Following discussion, council member J. R. Gallegos made a motion, seconded by council member Britini Van Curan, to direct city staff to issue a Request for Proposal for the construction of group pavilions and restrooms. Motion passed. The old pavilion and restrooms will be torn down and replaced.

At the mayor’s request, the council voted to rescind Ordinance 18-1217 amending Chapter 92. Mayor Hall explained it was not fair to everyone and would be brought up at a later date.

Executive Session: Council adjourned into Executive Session to discuss three items. Upon reconvening, council unanimously took the following action;

A. Approved a temporary extension of the existing Municipal Airport Lease Agreement between the City of Pleasanton and South Texas Weather Modification Association for $1,345.

B. Extended the lease agreement with South Texas Weather Modification Association for five years at $16,140 annually, subject to escalation based on lease provisions. Mayor Hall noted earlier that Pleasanton had an official rainfall of 3.82 inches for October.

Following a review of the bills, the meeting was adjourned.

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