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City Biz- treasure, election, grant & hazards

By Judith Pannebaker BCC Editor

Bandera City Council approved the appointment of MaeVion Meyer as interim city treasurer after the abrupt resignation of Treasurer Ernie DeWinne. The action was taken during a regular meeting on Thursday, June 7.

Until her retirement on Jan. 1, 2011, Meyer had served as Bandera County's longtime tax assessor-collector. At the time of her retirement, she had been a county employee for 34 years.

Put on Notice

Prior to his resignation, former Mayor Horst Pallaske had appointed Meyer as interim treasurer, according to Mayor Pro Tem Maggie Schumacher.

During her weeks on the job, Meyer has put B&Bs located within the city on notice that she intends to track the hotel-motel taxes that must be paid to the city.

To a query from council, City Manager Mike Cardenas said that required advertisements about the position had garnered no applicants. "Mike even called previous applicants, but they were no longer interested in the position," Schumacher said.

City Election

Additionally, city council unanimously approved an ordinance calling for an election on Tuesday, Nov. 6. On the recommendation of Bandera County Election Administrator Toba Perez-Wright, the election, originally slated for the beginning of May, was postponed until the November General Election.

At that time, the position of mayor and two seats on the council will be up for grabs. Seats held by Councilmen Nancy Montgomery and John Hegemier will come into play; however, Montgomery has already indicated she will not run for another term on council.

Since Pallaske's resignation effective Thursday, May 31, Schumacher had presided over council meetings, in addition to taking over other official municipal duties.

At the recommendation of city staff, polls will stay open for 12 hours on Monday, Oct. 22 and Thursday, Nov. 1, during early voting.

In other business during the Thursday, June 7, meeting, council unanimously approved authorizing the submission of a Texas Community Development Block Grant. Margaret Hardin, grants consultant for Langford Community Services Associates, has worked with the city on grant proposals for 13 to 14 years.

"These grants have been used to update the city water and sewer lines for a number of years," she said. The city has received $1.4 million for the improvement projects. The grant, in the amount of $275,000, must be filed with the Texas Department of Agriculture by October. A competitive grant, it will cover a two-year period.

Hardin appeared confident that Bandera would be awarded the grant. "We were not funded in the 2011-2012 cycle," she said. "Census data and unemployment information from the Texas WorkForce Commission will also be used in the final decision."

The grant would be used to improve the municipality's waster water system, concentrating on utility lines that run from Hackberry to 7th and 8th streets, and the lines that run from 8th and Hackberry streets to Maple Street and from 8th and Maple streets to Main Street.

"This grant requires a 5 percent match from the city, which comes to $13,750," Hardin said. The money will be taken from the water and sewer fund.

As the city's executive officer, Schumacher will serve as the authorized representative on the grant project.

Council also adopted an update of the Alamo Area Council of Governments (AACOG) Regional Multi-Hazard Mitigation Plan on the recommendation of Bandera County Emergency Management Coordinator Carey Reed.

Describing the plan as a "complex and comprehensive in-depth risk assessment," Reed said that after an extensive public comment period, FEMA (Federal Emergency Management Agency) officials had approved the updated plan that was already in effect. "The plan is approved for a five-year period," she said. "Each jurisdiction must approve inclusion in the plan."

Pictured: Mae Vion Meyer, former Bandera County ax assessor-collector, has been appointed interim treasurer for City of Bandera.