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Council schedules public hearing on annexation of U.S. 59 hotels
by Gary Kent
Aug 12, 2014 | 492 views | 0 0 comments | 1 1 recommendations | email to a friend | print
BEEVILLE – City Council members, when they met Tuesday, scheduled public hearings for Aug. 12 and 26 to hear comments on a proposed annexation of property where some of Beeville’s new motels are located.

The hearings will begin at 6 p.m. and will be held at the beginning of regular City Council meetings on those days at the council chamber at City Hall.

Marvin Townsend, former interim city manager here, told the council that the city needs to annex part of U.S. Highway 59 if it is going also to annex the property on which the motels sit.

Townsend said the owners of each of the four motels have asked to be annexed.

The city already provides water and sewer services to the motels.

Annexation will add the motels to the city’s property tax rolls.

The four motels are the Belmont Inn and Suites, La Quinta Inn, Holiday Inn Express and Best Western Texan Inn.

All of the properties are located east of the U.S. Highway 181 Bypass, Townsend said.

Earlier in the meeting, Townsend said the council needed to pass a substitute ordinance to show record that the city had annexed the two acres on which the Belmont Suites is located.

Although the council apparently passed an earlier ordinance, number 2188, Townsend said the city staff had a problem.

“We’ve searched and searched, and there is no Ordinance 2188,” Townsend told the council.

The problem with the lack of an ordinance is that the property on which Belmont Suites sits is not on the Bee County Appraisal District’s tax rolls.

Because there is no document to prove that the motel is within the city limits, the owners cannot be taxed.

When asked what number the city should put on the ordinance, Townsend said to go ahead and give the same number.

“Just call it Ordinance 2188,” he said, because 2188 actually does not exist yet.

Councilman George P. “Trace” Morrill, III made a motion to approve the new ordinance, and Councilwoman Yvonne Dunn seconded the motion. It passed without opposition.
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