News and notes from public meetings - Aug. 21-28


Gonzales County Commissioners Court Aug. 21, 2019:

  • No public comments were given.
  • No budget amendments were proposed.
  • Bills were paid.

Gonzales County Commissioners Court Aug. 26, 2019:

  • Minutes from the Aug. 12, 2019 meeting were approved.
  • The Gonzales County Treasurer’s monthly report was read and approved. An affidavit stating the county treasurer has fulfilled their duties according to local government code was signed.
  • Sheriff and Constable fees were set for 2020. They are unchanged from the previous year.
  • The court approved a contract to lease/purchase a 2019 John Deere 624L Loader for Precinct 3.
  • An advertisement for notice of proposed salary increases for elected officials was approved for publication. There are no salary increases, though there are changes to longevity pay.
  • Budget amendment 49 was approved.
  • Bills were paid.

Smiley City Council Aug. 26, 2019:

  • A bid advertisement for construction contract #7218459 was approved.

Gonzales Main Street Aug. 27, 2019:

  • Minutes from the July 23, 2019 were approved.
  • Three Business Improvement Grants for 515 NSJ llc were approved. 515 NSJ llc owns and operates several businesses in Gonzales such as the forthcoming Farmers Daughter and Main Street Marketplace.
  • The board rejected pursuing a nationwide grant opportunity. The grant for small towns up to 400,00 people would award $25,000 to the top 10 cities who could secure the highest number of votes. Board member Rob Brown was the lone dissenter in the decision.
  • Brown gave a presentation on new stages for Main Street use. The presentation was preliminary and is dependent of city funding. No further action was taken on the matter at this time.
  • The board rejected partnering with the Daughters of the Republic of Texas on purchasing a tent.
  • Nothing new was reported on the Concert Series and Star Spangled Spectacular.
  • Main Street is moving forward with purchasing welcome signs for Sisters on the Fly.
  • Multiple events are being planned for Happy Fall Y’all which is scheduled for Oct. 26. Among those discussed were a movie screening, a costume contest and candy walk.
  • Main Street is searching for more food and arts and crafts vendors for Winterfest.
  • No updates from the Design, Organization or Economic Vitality committees.
  • The Main Street sponsorship packet is a work in progress still.
  • Board member Karen Jacobs delivered a report on a training event. Among other things, she suggested a monthly blog and working closely with local media to keep residents informed on upcoming events.
  • Board manager Barbara Freidrich delivered the manager’s report on predevelopment meetings, social media training, Memo’s Hangout’s grand opening and board reappointments.
  • The next Main Street meeting is scheduled for Sept. 24 at 5:30 p.m.

Gonzales City Council Aug. 27, 2019:

  • No public comments were given during the citizens to be heard section or the tax rate public hearing. The second tax public hearing is scheduled for Sept. 5 and the rate will be voted on Sept. 12.
  • A contract was awarded to SecureVision America for water meter replacements.
  • An agreement with the Gonzales Chamber of Commerce and Agriculture for funding in-kind contributions from the city for the Come and Take It Celebration was approved.

Waelder City Council Aug. 27, 2019:

  • At the request of the city manager and an engineer, council will continue to work toward submitting a Hurricane Harvey grant to the Texas General Land Office.
  • Council opted to repair its current playscape at Waelder City Park. It will also investigate grants to fund adding new equipment to the park.
  • Council discussed how to enact a water flow test on its hydrants in city limits and explored options to add more hydrants.