LV Council appoints advisory board members

Special to the PRESS

Nine Laguna Vista residents were appointed to serve on various Town boards by Council members Tuesday.

Nancy C. Franz was named to the Board of Ethics. Her appointment leaves one vacancy of that board.

With five vacancies on the Board of Adjustments, Arden Curts was appointed, and two current members, Terry Volz and John Sipp, were reappointed, leaving two open seats on that board.

Steve Muschenheim was reappointed to the Community Development Corporation Board and former Councilman Richard Hinojosa was appointed to serve on that board which now has no vacancies.

The Planning and Zoning Commission has two new members in Marc Davis and Chad Garrett, to fill all seats on that board.

With one vacancy on the Library Board, David J. Christopher was appointed to fill that position.

In other matters, the Council heard a report that the Town’s 2011 Certificates of Obligation fund has a current balance of $47,152.52. Recent expenditures from that fund included $2,104 for signage installed at Roloff Park.

Council members suggested signage stipulating behavioral conduct should be placed near the basketball court to help eliminate problematic matters.

City Manager Rolando Vela reported that the Town would begin scheduling Movie Night by the Bay this Fall. The Town has acquired a 16-foot diagonal quickscreen and frame, along with speakers, a projector and Blu-Ray player. The first movie night is scheduled for Oct. 1, he said.

Residents will be invited to bring chairs and enjoy the park. Vendors, such as those representing area service clubs, will be solicited to sell refreshments as a means of fundraising.

The Council also learned that paving on Ebony Lane had commenced and a completion date of one month was targeted.

A tied vote on the Council halted a proposed measure to implement a Hands-Free ordinance designed to prevent texting while driving. Proponents of the ordinance said the law would aid the safety and protection of the Town’s citizens. However concerns over enforcement, successful prosecution and added regulations were raised. Voting for the proposal was Davalos, Smith and Leti Keplinger, with Michael Carter, Wanda Rice and Mayor Susie Houston voting against.

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