Brush, limbs, wood: free pickup
by Kenda Nelson
Jan 25, 2013 | 1537 views | 0 0 comments | 5 5 recommendations | email to a friend | print
REFUGIO — A dispute erupted Tuesday night at the city council meeting after Councilman Joey Heard accused Mayor Ray Jaso and Callie Shreckengost, city secretary, of refusing to allow the councilman to put an item on the agenda for discussion.

“I had to get all four council members besides myself to get this on the agenda,” Heard said. “How is that legal?”

Heard called into question the paid notice set to run in the newspaper paper regarding fines for leaving brush, limbs and wood on the side of the road. A $20 fee with the potential to grow each day the of non-compliance was proposed.

“If he wants to readdress an issue, he doesn’t need Dale (Skrobarcek), me or Karen (Watts),” said Councilman Frank Hosey. “You don’t need anybody else to put something on the agenda.”

Hosey also pointed out that the council had gone up $20 per month on water bills and he did not think more fees were necessary.

“I don’t want to charge, either,” Heard said. “They’ve been picking up for free for 15 years.

The council agreed that residents will not be charged for pickup of brush, limbs or wood; however, mattresses, appliances and other refuse will require a $20 fee to be picked up.

In the items by citizens, James Bilger said that $2,000 in repairs paid by the town to repair his home’s foundation were for nothing.

“They stuffed rags in the end and filled it with concrete,” Bilger said. “That’s a patch, not a repair.”

Previously, the foundation of Bilger’s home was damaged by a water leak from old city lines. The inside of his home required new drywall, which the current leak has caused to crack, according to Bilger.

Bilger said his yard on Second Street is so wet, an empty trailer bogged down to the tire rims. Heard verified what Bilger reported.

Now Bilger claims all the upgrades and repairs because of the standing water in his yard were for nothing.

Bilger said his neighbors and the alleyway behind his home are all experiencing problems.

The mayor said the new water superintendent will work with Bilger to find the problem and alleviate it.

In other matters, the council went into executive session for approximately 15 minutes to discuss job description duties of the city secretary.

In other matters, the council:

• Approved a request from Michael and Sandra Villarreal doing business as Henry’s Mexican Food, for a tax rebate on the restaurant.

• Approved a request for $1,554 from Carl Barnhart for the Refugio Country Club which will be paid out of hotel-motel tax money. The facility traditionally brings visitors to the town to play golf.

• Approved hiring Jeremy Frazier as the city hall janitor, effective Jan. 15.
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