Pleasanton council hears reports on COVID, teen dating violence



During the Feb. 4 meeting of the Pleasanton City Council, Mayor Travis Hall (far right) recognized members of the Charter Review Committee for their hard work and service to the city in reviewing the city’s charter as required by the State. Presented with a certificate of recognition were, from left, Chairman Joey Macon, Nadine Barrow, Rusty Prasifka and Rachel Gomez. Also recognized but not present were Lupe Hernandez, Edward Zamarripa and Elvira Jones. REBECCA PESQUEDA | PLEASANTON EXPRESS

During the Feb. 4 meeting of the Pleasanton City Council, Mayor Travis Hall (far right) recognized members of the Charter Review Committee for their hard work and service to the city in reviewing the city’s charter as required by the State. Presented with a certificate of recognition were, from left, Chairman Joey Macon, Nadine Barrow, Rusty Prasifka and Rachel Gomez. Also recognized but not present were Lupe Hernandez, Edward Zamarripa and Elvira Jones. REBECCA PESQUEDA | PLEASANTON EXPRESS

Mayor Travis Hall reported the following statistics on COVID-19 at the Feb. 4 council meeting:

Since March 2020, there have been 893 cases in Pleasanton. Currently, there are 38 active with 823 recovered and 32 deaths.

Council members Robert Leonhardt, Kenneth Hernandez, Britni Van Curan, J.R. Gallegos and Diana Prasifka were present. District 5 councilman Robert Earl Wood was absent. Hall reported that Wood has been in the hospital for several weeks, but not due to COVID. Hall has visited him often and reported his condition is improving.

Home Rule Charter

Hall thanked the Charter Review Committee for their hard work and service to the city in reviewing the city’s charter as required by the State. The committee presented its work to the council. The committee looks for ways to improve the city and bring it more in alignment with state law. If it passes, it will be on the May 1 city elections ballot, he explained.

Serving on the committee were Nadine Barrow, Lupe Hernandez, Rusty Prasifka, Rachel Gomez, Edward Zamarripa and Elvira Jones. Joey Macon served as chairman of the committee.

Teen Dating Violence Awareness

The mayor proclaimed February as Teen Dating Violence Awareness and Prevention Month. He welcomed two Safer Path Family Violence Shelter members, Andrea Rathmell, Director of Outreach, Education and Prevention and Adrianna Alvarado, Case Manager.

They reported that females ages 16-24 years experience abuse triple the national average. Most never tell about the abuse so parents don’t think it is a problem. They made several recommendations. Please see related story on this week’s front page.

Citizens Comments

During citizens comments, Pete Pawelek addressed council, commenting on the succes of the skate park and thanking Bob Byrd for having the original vision behind it. He also made a recommendation for naming the skate park. Please see more details in a future issue of the Pleasanton Express. Pawelek also discussed the need for an IA mechanic at the airport rather than the city hiring their own. He stated that it would be best to hire someone local who has experience with airplanes and how they operate rather than an outsider.

Airport Requests

The city was asked to approve the form of a new municipal airport hangar lease. The lease would be for existing tenants, City Manager Johnny Huizar reported.

Huizar also asked council to issue a Request for Proposals for an A&P mechanic, certified to service the planes at the airport. The mechanic would be available to provide services five to six days a week and would maintain his own insurance. Proposals would be reviewed by the city and presented for approval. Council unanimously approved both requests.

Ordinances and Resolutions

Council unanimously adopted the following:

• General Election on May 1, 2021. The mayor and council places District 4, 5 and 6 will be up for election;

• Special Election on May 1. Amendments to the Home Rule Charter

• Ordinance No. 21-1562: Adopting a supplement to the Code of Ordinances for the City of Pleasanton.

• Ordinance No. 21-1563: Updating Ordinance No. 16-1166 establishing a program of comprehensive emergency management.

• Resolution No. 218-21: Authorizing publication of Notice of Intention to issue Certificates of Obligation.

• Resolution No. 219-21: Approving cooperation with cities served by AEP to review AEP Texas Inc.’s requested final reconciliation of advanced metering costs; hiring legal and consulting services to negotiate with the company and direct any necessary litigation and appeals.

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