Smiley considers Unity subdivision, welcomes Deputy


The addition of a 15-lot subdivision in Smiley is being entertained by the City Council, following deliberation at its Thursday, April 15 meeting.

After tabling discussion of annexing the property, which would increase the city’s tax base and utility income, the council accepted developer Michael Cancio’s proposal for the city to provide city water and sewer service in the event annexation is not possible.

Clarifications of city streets abandoned or closed in 2012 which lie within the bounds of the property were also clarified between Cancio and City Attorney Eduardo Escobar at the meeting.

  • The council received citizen comment from Gonzales County Sheriff Robert Ynclan, who introduced his new Deputy, Eric Vasquez, and his family who had recently moved to Smiley.
  • A report of municipal court activities and Marshal’s report was given by City Marshal Lawrence Robles.
  • Mayor Mike Mills gave an update on COVID-19 cases in the area, and said Nixon-Smiley Independent School District would be making mask wearing optional for students on Monday, April 19. His update also included information regarding the city’s new brush truck, which would be picked up by May.
  • The board approved financial statements for January thorough March, but tabled minutes for meetings from December to March 18, citing a short staff at city hall.
  • Following the recommendation of Befco Engineering representative Chad Emmel, the council voted unanimously to award a construction contract for its CDBG-DR Grant Infrastructure Improvement project, which focuses on the city’s streets, to Lester Contracting out of Port Lavaca.
  • The council also approved an exception to its zoning ordinance to allow a resident to place a manufactured home on a lot less than 0.05 acres under the set one-acre threshold.