City Council meeting overview presented
The Aransas Pass City Council has picked up where it left off before Hurricane Harvey and conducting regular meetings to take action on routine business. The council met Monday, Sept. 11; but due to Monday press deadlines before the council meeting, information about action taken is not able to published until the week after the meeting.
The council approved and/ or discussed the following:
• Approved a consent agenda which included Ordinance No. 2017-4197, granting a conditional use permit to Alfredo S. Orosco, Jr. to operate a bar at 1152 S. Commercial St.; and Ordinance No. 2017-4198 amending the City of Aransas Pass zoning ordinance, Part IV, Section 19.
• Conducted a second public hearing about the year 2017 tax rate.
• Held a second public hearing about the Aransas Pass operating budget for fiscal year 2017-2018.
• Approved a request from Roland Pena to waive the $550 monthly fee for the facility license agreement due to damage caused to the fields by Hurricane Harvey. The council also terminated the lease. Pena also requested the City remove two light poles that are down and repair Field No. 1 so it is playable. Due to the extensive damage caused throughout the City by Hurricane Harvey, it is anticipated it will take several months to repair the damage at the fields, therefore staff recommended the lease be terminated. The lease is due to expire Dec. 4, 2017.
• Approved closing city offices beginning at noon through 5 p.m. Friday, Sept. 29, 2017 for the purpose of having a staff appreciation in recognition of city employees for their efforts during Hurricane Harvey.
• Approved amending Section 28-84, truck routes of the Aransas Pass code of ordinances. Background information explains the City continues to struggle with trucks deviating off route when traveling through the City. This modification will designate signage to be posted and enhance the penalty for violations. The City maintains a truck route ordinance which has been in place since 1980. The ordinance has not been revisited or updated since that time. City staff was directed to revisit the ordinance and propose modifications to help combat the issues with trucks using city streets. This modification will require signage in trouble areas, as designated by the traffic engineer, to direct trucks down approved truck routes. The approved truck routes are Highway 361, Highway 35, Wheeler (between Harrison and Highway 35), FM 1069, Harrison (between Wheeler and Goodnight), Goodnight (between Harrison and the Dale Miller Bridge), Harbor Island Road, Stapp (between Commercial and the Harbor), Maddox (between Commercial and Huff), Huff, Allen, Bigelow, or Highway 35 Business Route. The fine for violating this ordinance will be between $300 -$500 dollars, as determined by the municipal judge.
• After an executive session to discuss a temporary amendment to the city manager contract, the council approved a change allowing the city manager to live out-of-town if necessary, due to the housing shortage caused by Hurricane Harvey.
The council was scheduled to meet again Monday, Sept.