Pleasanton council addresses issues, suspends city manager

Pleasanton Parks & Recreation Director Greg Leach recognized the Pleasanton Little League Board of Directors and city parks crew for their hard work during the 2021 spring season during the July 15 Pleasanton City Council meeting. Pictured, from left, are Jose Ramirez, Zack Pawelek and Greg Leach. REBECCA PESQUEDA | PLEASANTON EXPRESS

Pleasanton Parks & Recreation Director Greg Leach recognized the Pleasanton Little League Board of Directors and city parks crew for their hard work during the 2021 spring season during the July 15 Pleasanton City Council meeting. Pictured, from left, are Jose Ramirez, Zack Pawelek and Greg Leach. REBECCA PESQUEDA | PLEASANTON EXPRESS

Pleasanton Mayor Clint Powell and council members, meeting on July 15, worked through a lengthy agenda before adjourning into executive session to discuss a complaint against City Manager Johnny Huizar.

After reconvening, the council voted to suspend the city manager for 21 days, without pay (July 16-Aug. 5) and be placed on a 6-month probationary period.

David Alviso was named Acting City Manager.

Traffic Study: Police Chief Ronald Sanchez requested a traffic study on West Goodwin Street from its intersection at Airport Road (west bound) to the city limits. The city could then submit a request to the Texas Dept. of Transportation to reduce the speed from 55 m.p.h. to 45 m.p.h.

Council unanimously approved the request. Council member Diana Prasifka thanked the chief, noting that drivers come out of the subdivision too fast. This makes it dangerous and very difficult, she noted, especially for elderly people.

Council approved Resolution 231-21 providing a 60-day extension agreement between the city and DreamOn Develop ment Company, LLC for the proposed redevelopment of the Main Street property renovations, and providing an effective date.

Council also unanimously approved authorizing procurement for an Administration and Management firm for the HOME Program.

City Manager Johnny Huizar reported that work continues on Crestine.

New Hours: Council member Lillian Cashmer requested that City Hall remain open for business from 8:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. Staggered lunch hours would be provided for employees. Currently, the city closes from 12:30 – 1:30 p.m for lunch. Request was unanimously approved.

Consent Agenda: Council unanimously approved the following items:

* Waiver request by the Pleasanton ISD to waive the application fee for a sign variance;

* Granted a variance for installation of a freestanding sign to be located at 900 W Adams

Street;

* Granted a setback variance to install a freestanding sign at 211 N. Main Street;

* Approved Replat for Pleasanton North Addition Block 12, Lots 13-16.

Ordinances/Resolutions

The following were unanimously adopted by council:

A. Reading and Adoption of Ordinance 21- 1270 amending Sections 111.99 and 150.00 of the city’s Code of Ordinances to provide for a special expense fee for the dismissal of certain violations of Chapters 111 and 150.

B. Reading and Adoption of Resolution No. 229- 21 authorizing the return of a donation made to the Longhorn Museum.

C. Adoption of Resolution No. 230-21 authorizing the submission of an application to the Texas Department of Housing and Community Affairs to participate in the HOME Investment Partnerships Program, Homeowner Reconstruction Assistance Program.

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