Zambrano recently attended Texas Municipal League financial officer training and requested to be appointed as the city’s financial officer. He said the appointment of an officer is necessary to prevent the city from falling into economic hardship and noted that Gregory was bankrupt in 2012.
“We need to adopt strategies and policies for our city,” Zambrano said.
Zambrano said he will schedule a class which will review ways to implement subdivision ordinances and discuss ways to attract housing to Gregory. He said one concern he has regarding Gregory’s ability to attract housing stems from water infrastructure, specifically in conjunction with Tianjin Pipe Company’s (TCPO) use of the resource.
“What attracts housing is infrastructure,” Zambrano said. “Every time TCPO opens their water valve, we lose pressure.”
The TCPO facility is under construction and will produce seamless steel pipe.
Zambrano said the city’s upcoming process to create a budget will be more complicated this year than it was in the past.
“Each city department will have to submit a budget,” he said. “A budget is not done overnight. We have to have a series of workshops.”
Mayor Freddy Garcia said the Council will schedule budget meetings for late July or early August.
In other business, the Council discussed the possibility of appointing Robert Daehn as the city’s official building inspector.
“I met him and talked to him,” Zambrano said. “He is very knowledgeable.”
Mike Henry currently performs building inspecting services for the city, although the city does not have a contract with him.
Garcia instructed city staff to compare the cost of Daehn’s services to Henry’s, which the Council will discuss at a later date.
Alderwoman Kristina Zambrano said a proposed meeting that city staff will partner with the San Patricio Economic Development Corp. to host will need to be rescheduled for September. The meeting was originally scheduled to be held July 14, but Gregory-Portland ISD Superintendent Paul Clore requested a later date, during which Stephen F. Austin Elementary School will be available to host the meeting. The Economic Development Corp. has requested meetings with several local communities to establish economic initiatives and discuss the possibility of constructing a Del Mar training center within San Patricio County.
Kristina said Economic Development Corp. staff have identified Sept. 9 and Sept. 23 as possible dates to hold the Gregory meeting.