Mayor Willie Leal, Jr. of Poteet, presented Officer Matthew Steinort with a Certificate of Appreciation for services rendered during a recent traffic accident. On October 20, an accident in Primrose required emergency backup and Steinort answered the call. Upon arriving at the scene, he found a young woman severely injured, bleeding profusely from her arm. Thinking quickly on his feet, Steinort fashioned a tourniquet to stem the flow of blood, thereby helping to save her life. He later showed his continuing concern by visiting her in the hospital. She is still recovering and may need additional surgeries, but is doing well. Her parents, Evelyn and Johnnie Saldana were there to thank the officer with a small gift. Mrs. Saldana gave him a Saint Michael medallion, Michael is the patron saint of police officers, and asked if she could pin it on his uniform, to which he readily agreed. Leal also proudly pointed out that Steinort was the leader in issuing DWIs.
The minutes of the previous meeting from October 2 were approved as read.
Business opened with a discussion of an item that was tabled from the last meeting. Alex Herrera III was asking for a variance to allow for four Recreational Vehicles, to be placed at 1113 Eleventh Street and 1125 Ave. L. He owns the property, which currently has a rental mobile home located there. His intention is to have the RVs parked there, temporarily, so that he can build up enough funds to bring in other mobile homes for rent and improve the property. He thinks three years should be enough time. Herrera said that the lots available are about 4,000 to 5,000 square feet and there are water meters, two electrical poles and sewer taps in place. The mayor began going over all the requirements in the ordinance, such as having an eight foot, opaque fence around the property, which must be at least two acres. Herrera said that the property was just one acre. He also said that he is not putting in a RV park permanently, but hopes to bring in “snow birds.” The City Attorney pointed out that he had to agree to the utility requirements, but the variance could be on other parts of the ordinance. City Administrator Eric Jiminez suggested voting against this in order to not set a precedent. Rick Flores voiced his opinion that if they keep changing ordinances, they might fall into a hole. Richard Castillon agreed that he had to be compliant with the ordinance when his project was completed. Flores suggested that Herrera become more knowledgeable with the actual ordinance before proceeding. The Mayor pointed out that there was a lot of expense in setting up a park and asked if he was sure he wanted to do it. Flores moved to table the item until next meeting. Denise Sanchez seconded. Nick Sanchez, D. Sanchez, Flores, Castillon and Jesse Leal voted in favor.
The council voted unanimously to reappoint Salvador Almanza as the city’s representative on the Atascosa Central Appraisal District Board for the years 2020 and 2021.
Partnership Agreement with ACA
Another long topic of discussion was whether to pursue a partnership agreement with the Youth Sports Corporation/ ACA to allow limited use of the municipal park. Marcus Krempin was there to speak on behalf of the ACA. The property in question is the area around the pool. Flores asked if this had been addressed with other groups, because everyone deserved a chance. Jiminez said that partnership information is both on the City’s website and on their Facebook page. Castillon asked that they give Jiminez a chance to see if the plan was even workable. ACA has said they want to contribute and help upkeep the property, as well. Castillon moved to allow Jiminez to meet with ACA representatives to work on an agreement that would then be brought back to council. Nick Sanchez seconded. Flores abstained and D. Sanchez voted no because she didn’t feel it was fair. Motion passed.
New Auditor Chosen
Wayne Beyer has informed the City that he will no longer be the auditor for them. Requests for proposals went out to find a new company and they received three back. A committee made up of the City Secretary, the Mayor and the City Administrator looked over the proposals and rated them according to a scale. They recommended Haney and Company from San Antonio; they had the highest score although they were not the cheapest, they were in line with what they had been paying. D. Sanchez wanted to know why the council didn’t get a chance to read through the proposals. Leal said it was a matter of timing because they needed to choose one quickly. Jiminez added that the staff deals with the auditor and knows what they want, plus the proposals were about 30 pages thick. D. Sanchez said she felt discriminated against. The Mayor pointed out that the committee had not made any decision, just a recommendation and the council would have the final say. N. Sanchez moved to accept Haynes and Company as the best firm for the City and authorize Jiminez to enter into negotiations with them. Castillon seconded. Motion passed with D. Sanchez voting against.
Messages from the council centered around celebrations of the upcoming Veteran’s Day. They were honored at the football game on Friday night. On Monday, PIC held a breakfast beginning at 7:30 a.m. for veterans. Also, the Jourdanton High School will be held a program from 9:30 to 10:30 a.m.
Meeting adjourned at 7:28 p.m.