George West no longer to be silent during storms
by Christina Rowland
Sep 03, 2012 | 1911 views | 0 0 comments | 11 11 recommendations | email to a friend | print
GEORGE WEST — Next time there is a tornado spotted within the vicinity of George West, there will be a warning siren to let people know. The George West City Council voted 4-0 at their Aug. 20 meeting to allow the city manager, Sandra Martinez, to purchase a warning siren from American Signal Corporation.

The siren, not to exceed a $20,506 purchase price, would be used to warn the citizens of George West in the event of an possible tornado.

Martinez contacted multiple companies for prices on the warning siren, and American Signal Corporation is the only one that sent her a price.

She told the council that it was the same company from which Three Rivers purchased its siren.

The siren will be placed near City Hall on a pole that AEP has agreed to donate.

The council also decided to approach commissioners court at a future meeting and ask for a partial reimbursement, since George West is the county seat of Live Oak and all the county offices are located here.

In other council actions, the members approved the resignation of several Economic Development Council board members and the temporary disbanding of the EDC all together.

The EDC, made up of volunteer citizens, was established earlier this year to encourage sustainable economic growth in the city.

Mayor Sylvia Steele voiced her opinion on the disbanding of the group.

“I feel like it is our fault; we appointed them, and we didn’t train them properly,” she said. “These people tried very hard, and I personally want to thank them.”

Martinez called the first attempt at an EDC “a learning experience.”

Glynis Strause, one of the members of the EDC who resigned for personal reasons, gave the city council some insight into the EDC.

“As a citizens group, it became very unfocused,” she said. “I think if we had a professional working with us and some guidance.”

The city hopes to be able to look at forming another EDC in the future.

Regarding ordinances, the council passed two for manufactured and mobile homes to place a HUD-Code Manufactured home on residential lots.

The council’s next meeting will be in September, but prior to that, it will hold a public hearing for the tax rate on Aug. 29 at 10 a.m.
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