Pleasanton council receives grant, hears complaints

Meeting on Nov. 4, Pleasanton Mayor Clinton J. Powell and council members Diana Prasifka, Lillian Cashmer, J.R. Gallegos and Kenneth Hernandez heard both good news and complaints from city staff and citizens. Council members Jeanne Israel and Robert Leonhardt were absent.

Mayor Powell thanked EMC Strategy Group, who provide direct assistance to local governmental bodies.

City Manager Johnny Huizar reported good news—the city was approved for a third grant in the amount of $350,000 for improvements to the east side of town. He thanked everyone who is participating in Merry on Main.

Downtown Master Plan

Mark Maldonado reported that Phase No. 1 of the plan is now complete and the city is working on Phase No. 2. The city emphasized the need for feedback from the community. They are eager to hear from the community regarding what downtown could be, he stated. The city has survey questionnaires the public may fill out. The surveys are due Nov 15.

Fire Dept. Request

Pleasanton Fire Chief Mario Escobedo explained the need for renovation of Fire Station #3. It will help protect residents living on that side of the railroad tracks. A train could block fire units coming from the other stations to answer a call on that side of town. Council unanimously approved a contract for renovation of the east side station.

Atascosa Animal Allies Report

Caron Tuttle, president of the Allies, reported on their accomplishments in 2021.

The total number of cats and dogs helped since the end of 2017 is 3,583. They have sterilized 979 dogs and cats so far in 2021, she stated.

Most Pleasanton dogs are adopted in other states or Canada. Some animals are transferred to other no-kill shelters. Cats go to San Antonio, Austin and Kyle facilities. Some dogs go to northern states and some to a training program at the Federal Correctional Institution in Three Rivers. They also have a program to deal with feral cats.

The next Putts for Paws Golf Tourney will be on Oct. 22, 2022. The group received several grants, but continually need donations to operate.

Please see separate story on AAA in a future issue of the Pleasanton Express.

Citizens’ Complaints

Two individuals addressed the council with complaints.

The first regarded the need for oversight on city projects. It was noted that one of the contractors did not pay one of the subcontractors, citing unethical practices and that the city did not take the low bid on a project, noting it is not in the best interest of the city, stating that’s corruption and can be seen as favoritism.

The complaint called for the need for oversight to prevent corruption and nepotism.

Another individual addressed racial profiling and reported the police department stopped a group working on a project to ask if they were U.S. citizens and had the proper paperwork. She urged the city to start changing those assumptions noting we are far removed from the 1960s.

Other Business

Council unanimously approved minutes of the Oct. 21, 2021, session and approved the lease renewal for the property located at 659 W. Goodwin St.

The first reading of Ordinance No. 21-1278 amending the City of Pleasanton employee handbook was held.

Council convened into Executive Session to discuss:

A. Proposed Interlocal Agreement between the City of Pleasanton and Atascosa County for Fire Protection Services;

B. Proposed Development Agreement for Main Street Redevelopment between the City of Pleasanton and DreamOn Development Company, LLC.

Upon reconvening, a motion was made by Cashmer, seconded by Gallegos, to direct the city manager to not accept the proposed agreement between the City and Atascosa County for Fire Protection Services if not approved by Dec. 2. Motion passed unanimously.

Possible action regarding the proposed Development Agreement for the Main Street Redevelopment between the City of Pleasanton and DreamOn Development Company, LLC was dismissed.

Meeting was adjourned at 6:36 p.m.

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