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GW Council closes Houston Street to big trucks
by Tim Delaney
Mar 02, 2013 | 970 views | 0 0 comments | 6 6 recommendations | email to a friend | print
The George West City Council approved a final reading of an Ordinance 733-A prohibiting large vehicles on Houston Street (Business U.S. Highway 59) at its meeting Tuesday, Feb. 19.

Houston Street is lined with a large portion of the city’s businesses, entertainment and courthouse.

“In short, Business 59 or Houston Street will be closed off to through truck traffic,” said George West City Manager Sandra Martinez.

“Only heavy trucks conducting deliveries to local businesses will be allowed through the street,” she added.

Martinez said George West Police Chief Ray Gracia and the Texas Department of Transportation are working on the proper signage that will be placed throughout the city limits.

The council also postponed a discussion with Lonnie Gregorcyk, TxDOT district engineer, about the Interstate 69/U.S. Highway 281 corridor because TxDOT was not present for discussion.

The council also approved increasing the planning and zoning permit fee to $200 because of the cost of advertising in thew legal section of the newspaper and other administrative costs.

The council also voted to construct two gates between Austin and Burleson streets (500 block).

“This was for safety concerns. There was too much through-traffic through this alley,” Martinez said.

The council also approved changing the 715 Robert Lloyd Dr. sewer line installation project work order to preserve the trees in the city’s right-of-way there.

The council also approved a purchase of up to $75,000 for new park equipment for Cactus Park.

The council also approved the first reading of Ordinance 770 that would allow the payment of fines, fees and court costs and other fees by credit card or other electronic means and also authorizing a collection fee for processing the payments.

The council also, on a final reading, approved Ordinance 769, amendment No. 155 to the planning and zoning code to place a HUD-code manufactured home on block 8, lots 7 and 8, at the corner of San Marcos and Burleson streets.

The council also tabled action to assist the George West Cemetery Association with entrance and water services to find out more specifications and estimated cost of the assistance.
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