Subsequently, Garcia & Wright Consulting Engineers, Inc. of San Antonio gave an estimate to repair or restore 15 city streets, including some with curb, gutters and “hot mix” or overlay, will be approximately $758,581.
Mayor James Liska said, “This has not been approved. Aldermen voted to give Garcia & Wright Consulting Engineers the authority to advertise for bids for the street project.
“I know there are going to be some people who will want their particular street worked on first. However, the consulting engineers have come up with the streets they deem have the most traffic and/or will cost double the money to repair if we wait. A few of the streets considered include Calle Zepeda, Avenida Guadalupe, Hill Street, Alexander Street and Brambleberry Drive.”
In other council news, the City of Three Rivers entered into an inter-local agreement with the City of Floresville on drug interdiction and transport of contraband.
“Joining forces will help control sale, distribution or trafficking of drugs, contraband or large sums of money, thus strengthening the economic well-being and general welfare of both cities,” Liska said.
Floresville agreed to provide a drug interdiction certified officer with density detection equipment in exchange for a percentage of illegal monies found in the course of a search, said Three Rivers Police Chief Vance Roberts.
“They not only have a density meter, they also have a special fiber-optic scope to look inside the gas tanks and a K9 unit,” Roberts added.
Liska said the agreement was brought about after Chief Roberts was contacted by Floresville Chief Daniel Martinez. “I am pleased we have entered into this agreement because that contraband detection equipment is very expensive. We can take advantage of their expertise and equipment without additional expense to the taxpayers,” the mayor said.
“Yes, we can take advantage of their expertise and equipment and they can share in recovered money,” Roberts added. “Floresville is situated away from major drug routes. However, we [Three Rivers] are on U.S. 281, a major drug pipeline. If all goes as planned, we will start this venture in early 2011. I have already talked to District Attorney Martha Warner and she was agreeable to the proposal.”
In other city news, aldermen voted to hire a part-time clerk for the municipal court. Following the vote on the part-time employee, city officials voted to amend the personnel policy concerning future part-time hires. The mayor, public works director or city administrator will now have the power to hire part-time employees without seeking approval from the council.
The Rev. Andy Chavarilla of the Three Rivers Church of Christ was appointed police department chaplain. “Several years ago, we had Rev. John Alsbrook s as a chaplain for the PD,” Roberts said. “After he left, we didn’t fill the vacancy; however, a few weeks ago, Rev. Chavarilla and I were at a funeral and we struck up a conversation. He showed an interest in helping us. He is really more of a counselor in that he will accompany us when we have to give unpleasant news of a death to a family member.”