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2016-11-17

Commissioners’ court hears waste facility complaints, approves to consider inter-local workforce agreement

By Steven James BCC Editor

The Bandera County Commissioners’ Court heard complaints about the conditions at the Medina Solid Waste Facility, located at 758 FM 337 East.
Dick Lane, representing Precinct 306, called the access road near the facility a quagmire. Lane said he had made a complaint to the court nearly six months ago, but only one-third of the road was repaired properly. He told the court the potholes that used to be on certain parts of the road are back, and also pointed out this is a public road, so lots of people must it while driving.
As part of his complaint, Lane also mentioned how much he paid in taxes. His payments included $94 to roads and $493 to the special roads assessment. He also said last year he paid a little more than $600 in waste facility fees.
He said the roads near the facility looked like what one would see in a developing country.
“The condition of this road we are forced to use is not only appalling, but it’s also embarrassing,” Lane said. “I came before here once, and I’m here again, but I don’t want to have to come back.”
Lane recommended, at the very least, hard-surfacing and chip-sealing the road, which may begin properly repairing it. Lane told the court he has seen at least eight feet of base material to fix the road.
“There’s enough base material there to fix this road,” he said. “If the county doesn’t have either the equipment or the expertise to fix this road, then you need to outsource it to a private contractor.”
Sandra Hollander, also representing Precinct 306, showed the court members pictures she had taken of the dump. Hollander questioned the court as to why the recyclable materials there are not being recycled, as well as why the oil bins there are not being properly disposed of.
She acknowledged waste facilities are not supposed to be beautiful, but Medina’s is at the entrance of the town, which means several people who drive through see it.
“I’d like to hear your thoughts about why it looks like this, and why it can’t be improved,” Hollander said. “Why is the dump in this condition? Is Medina too far away, at the edge of the county?”
Bandera County Judge Richard Evans told Hollander as part of the Texas Open Meeting Act, for the issue to be openly discussed and decided upon in court, she and Lane would have to get the item put on a meeting agenda. Evans said if she comes to his office, addressing the Medina waste facility and nearby road issues as an item on a future meeting agenda will be fairly simple.
The court also approved to considering an inter-local agreement with other Alamo area counties to retain control of funding decisions and workforce development management within Bandera, while still being a part of the Workforce Solutions Alamo Development Area, which helps people find employment in the 12-county Alamo region. Bandera’s Workforce Commission is located at 702 Buck Creek Drive.
The court also approved to interview people who, if hired, will provide architectural services to the Bandera County Visitor’s Center building. Interviews will be conducted in open court at the next meeting, which will be on Nov. 21. nty Commissioners