Nixon names Blanch interim city manager
The Nixon City Council voted to accept “with a heavy heart” the resignation of city manager Oscar Casas during an executive session following the regularly scheduled council meeting Monday. Filling the interim capacity until the position can be advertised and filled will be George Blanch, a retired coach and school administrator.
Cindy Pieprzica made the motion and the only dissenting vote was a resounding “No” from Auvye Trammell.
In his letter to the council, Casas simply stated that he is grateful for the opportunities given him during his tenure, but feels now is the time to step down, effective November 11.
Casas was appointed city manager in 2008, but had worked as a city employee since 1997 for a total of 12.5 years serving his city. .
In other action Monday, the Nixon council, voted to name The Gonzales Cannon its official newspaper of record. Present were members Trammell, John Mercier, Pieprzica, Dorothy Riojas, and Hector Dominguez, who voted unanimously for the designation. Mayor Don Chessher was unable to attend.
Approval was given to the FEMA Flood Plan Ordinance. Although the city is not at risk for flooding, to be eligible to receive funds through FEMA, the ordinance had to be accepted.
Responding to ordinances recommended for updating at the last council meeting, attorney Eddie Escobar presented the following for review and approval: the regulation of stagnant water, weeds and other unsanitary matter within properties of the City of Nixon; garage/yard sale ordinance; and fees and rates for all permits issued within the City of Nixon.
The council approved Escobar’s recommendations which were based on what cities of a similar size have seen work in their municipalities. Final approval will be subject to citizen’s support and addressing of the issues in public forums.
It was pointed out that all ordinances have been on the books for some time, but there has been no way to enforce the requirements if the property owner or tenant does not comply. This is especially true if the owner does not reside locally. The updating of the ordinances is primarily to provide enforcement capabilities.
Approval was given to the 2010 original tax roll for the city submitted by county tax collector, Norma Jean DuBose. The total net taxable value is $48,727,180 and the total tax levy is $144,135.19. The figures will change as supplements to the tax roll are completed. These adjustments will be noted on monthly reports from DuBose’s office.
For a second time, action on service cost estimates, which would enable the City of Nixon to provide garbage service to residents, was tabled. Trammell suggested further work on the figures before bringing them back for discussion next month.
A proposal from Cummings Paving & Recycling was accepted for reconstruction of the 200 and 300 blocks of North Franklin, the 700 block of East Third Street, and the 500 and 600 blocks of East Sixth Street. This is a total of 33,046 square feet for a cost of $49,569.00. The actual work had to be tabled pending the availability of grant reimbursement funds.
Dominguez suggested a reminiscent Nixon Christmas with lots of lights in the downtown area. He was given the council’s blessing for enlisting merchants to assist in achieving the goal.
Fire chief Mark Mendez reported for the month of October: two house fires, one grass fire, six wrecks, and two EMS assists. He expressed concern for the approaching season when fires are a dominant factor statistically.
The police report included ten calls for service, 13 arrests, and 57 summonses to court. Officers worked 289.75 hours and $6,113.70 was collected in fees at municipal court.
The Aphne Pattillo Public Library had 628 visitors, 247 uses of computers, 288 DVDs/VHSs checked out, 105 adult books checked out, and 38 juvenile books checked out. Thirty-one new patrons signed up in October. Librarian Sally Brassell suggests that grant or budget monies are needed to replace obsolete computers. New books and movies have been received and put into circulation.