Pleasanton council remembers and acknowledges citizens’ efforts



Pleasanton Mayor Travis Hall honors Police Chief Ronald Sanchez and his wife, Feliciana for their untiring efforts to make the city a better place and a safer place to live. A former resident sent a letter to the city stating the Chief’s Sept. 25 column in the Pleasanton Express regarding drug use and its dreadful consequences, had the ability to “change lives” and was “from the heart.” CHRISTELLE TROELL | PLEASANTON EXPRESS

Pleasanton Mayor Travis Hall honors Police Chief Ronald Sanchez and his wife, Feliciana for their untiring efforts to make the city a better place and a safer place to live. A former resident sent a letter to the city stating the Chief’s Sept. 25 column in the Pleasanton Express regarding drug use and its dreadful consequences, had the ability to “change lives” and was “from the heart.” CHRISTELLE TROELL | PLEASANTON EXPRESS

Mayor Travis Hall and council acknowledged October as Breast Cancer Awareness Month and honored citizens who formed a Neighborhood Crime Watch.

“We honor those fighting the battle and remember those who lost the battle,” Mayor Hall stated as he read a proclamation to the audience. The Pleasanton PD officers are wearing special patches outlined in pink on their uniforms during the month of October to raise awareness, the importance of early detection, and in honor and memory of those affected by this disease.

He then acknowledged two east side citizens, Rose Zepeda Dillard and Rachel M. Gomez, who formed a Neighborhood Crime Watch in their community. He noted that it makes a better and safer community, working hand in hand with the police department, and neighbors get to know one another while working together.

The mayor reported he received a letter from a former Pleasanton resident, Mr. Winn of Canyon Lake, who read the police chief’s Sept. 25th column in the Pleasanton Express and stated the column was from the heart, and could change lives. The column concerned the dire consequences of drug use and the effects on people’s lives. A shocking photo showed the diaper of a baby born to an addicted mother. The diaper was so small it fit in the palm of his hand. He recounted his experiences after decades of working the streets.

Mayor Hall thanked Police Chief Ronald Sanchez and his wife Feliciana for their dedicated work to protect the citizens of Pleasanton and improve the quality of life here.

Mario Escobedo addressed council, noting that October 6-12 is Fire Prevention Week. Nationwide there have been 357,000 home fires and the death rate is 4 percent higher.

“You have less than two minutes to escape to safety,” he said and urged everyone to practice a home escape plan and teach young children how to dial 911.

“Never go back inside,” he stressed. Referring to the hard working firefighters who protect us, he stated, “Not every hero wears

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Johnny Huizar reported that utility crews received TxDOT approval and began working on the last segment of the new 12” water line on 3350 across from Pulliam. The next project will be a 12” water main on 5th Street from Uvalde to Adams.

Painting contractors finished the exterior of the Halpin water tower and are working on the PISD logo. The tank was filled and is now back on line.

Work has begun on Pulliam Road. Closures will happen in segments to allow for detour routes, he explained. While the seal coat applied is curing, crews will work on Virginia Street.

For the last couple of weeks, Randolph Air Force T-6 aircraft began conducting instrument approaches at our municipal airport, through an agreement with them. Other flight patterns are still pending. Operations are Mon.-Fri. between 7:30 a.m. and 5:00 p.m.

“Beginning this month, DOCUmation, the city’s managed services provider, will begin replacing all desktops and laptops throughout the city. Many staff members have attended free Microsoft Office training to further their proficiency in computer literacy,” he stated.

Joe Rodriguez distributed the Atascosa County Appraisal District report to council members. He noted that there is a serious leak on the roof of the old Elementary School building where the district is located and repairs will be costly.

Ronald Rocha discussed the Delinquent Tax Report with council. Citizens have until January 3 to pay taxes in full. He went over outbound collection costs, inbound collections costs and bankruptcy filings and collection results with council. Accounts have to be 61 days delinquent before being referred for collection, it was noted.

Council unanimously approved the following requests from City Engineer John Metting:

 Rehabilitate and paint the Goodwin elevated water tank;

 Go out for rebids for completion of curb and sidewalk for the Parks Improvement Project. Only one bid was received and was considered

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The council unanimously approved the following requests from Police Chief Ronald Sanchez:

 Temporary street closure of Crestline between Live Oak Drive and Crestline at Deer Run in the Oak Forest Subdivisions on October 31 from 6 – 9 p.m.

 Temporary street closure of N. Main Street from Adams St. to Hunt St. from 7:00 a.m. to 10:00 p.m. on Dec. 7, 2019. (Residents may use College or Reed streets which will be open.)

 Police support for the Annual Lighted Christmas Parade on December 7, 2019.

 Temporary street closures of Fifth and Sixth Streets between Crockett and Market Streets on Oct. 27 from 9 a.m to 2 p.m for the annual St. Andrew’s Catholic Church Turkey Dinner.

Council unanimously adopted the following: A. Ordinance No. 19-1234 amending the 2019-2020 budget for the City by establishing a Child Safety Fund; B. Ordinance 19- 1235 amending the 2019- 2020 budget for the City for the purchase of a large brush

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Council discussed an “immediate danger to the public” regarding a burned structure. Upon reconvening into open session the council unanimously approved a motion ordering the immediate demolition and lien placement for demolition costs for the dangerous burned structure located at 418 Depot Street in the City of Pleasanton upon the recommendation of the Fire Marshal and Building Official.

Before adjourning, council members stated they were amazed at how many organizations participated in National Night Out and thanked everyone for their hard work. They stated the soccer fields are “absolutely beautiful.” It was noted more vendors are needed for the December celebration.

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