Samsel presents planning, zoning report

On Aug. 2, the Pleasanton City Council heard a presentation from Ray Samsel of the Planning and Zoning Commission.

Comprising the council are: Mayor Clinton J. Powell, Jimmy Magel (Dist. 1), Abraham Saenz (Dist. 2), Kathy Coronado (Dist. 3), J.R. Gallegos (Dist. 4), Roger G. Garza (Dist. 5) and Jeanne B. Israel (Dist. 6). Unable to attend was Councilman Garza.

The Planning and Zoning Commission has had two meetings since Samsel last spoke. The group discussed how the population growth has accelerated and the addition of numerous RV parks and new subdivisions, such as Lone Oak and Oak Pointe.

Traffic congestion in the downtown area keeps getting worse, reported Samsel. The commission hopes this will be somewhat alleviated if the county makes a bypass on the southside of town.

At the commission’s last meeting, they discussed the land use plan extensively. The master plan contractor is scheduled to present the first version to city council either at the next or following meeting. The Planning and Zoning Commission is also considering to ask council to authorize a contract change order to Stewart Planning to provide assistance and guidance to city staff in establishing reasonable impact fees. These would be for new commercial and residential development, said Samsel.

Council met in executive session for three items:

A.) Discussion on the legal implications of using the 2012 Redistricting Map for the May 12 local election.

B.) Discussion concerning existing and possible contracts with Guajardo & Associates.

C.) Discussion on utilizing a Design Build Contract to complete the Community Center/Library Construction Project.

After reconvening into open session, regarding the legal implications of using the 2012 redistricting map for the May 12 election (in Dist. 2 between Saenz and candidate Lonnie Gaither) council voted to direct City Attorney Bobby Maldonado to contact Rolando Rios to produce the Plan D and map, including all streets in Pleasanton as requested. Saenz abstained from voting. So far, a court date has not been set for Gaither and Saenz. Gaither is contesting the election on the basis that some residents voted in the wrong district. In question is which map is valid.

Regarding possible action to negotiate a contract agreement with Guajardo & Associates for Option #2 to complete the Community Center/Library project, council directed the city attorney to proceed as discussed in executive session.

During Citizen’s Comments, there were two speakers. The first speaker, Mildred White, asked about game rooms in the city. She asked if the city has guidelines and permits for these businesses and asked who governs them.

The second speaker was Rebecca Trevino. At the last meeting, Trevino heard about a wonderful plan for new development. She said she was concerned because at the last senior meeting, the CEO of STRMC commented that sidewalks were needed. She asked council to consider asking for sidewalks.

Councilmembers approved a request by Jorge Quiroga and Aaron Leal for use of the Sports Complex from 7 a.m.- 10 p.m. for the Firefighters Fundraiser on Sept. 8. The event, Guns vs. Hoses, will feature the fire department battling it out with the police department.

Jolynn Casias reported on the success of the annual Yesteryear Festival held at the Longhorn Museum recently. Councilman Gallegos said he took some relatives there who found it impressive.

The first reading was conducted of the ordinance prohibiting parking on the east and west sides of Wheeler Blvd. between the hours of 6 a.m. and 8 p.m. Council will conduct the second reading and vote on its adoption at the Aug. 16 meeting.

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