Hondo Anvil Herald (Hondo, Tex.), Vol. 109, No. 10, Ed. 1 Thursday, March 9, 1995 Page: 3 of 20
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PHOTO BY ALAN NICHOLS
Hondo .Mayor Mary J. Lopez presents City Secretary Beatrice Cer-
vantezA/vith the Employee of the Month Award for her professional
manner and devotion to her job
• Approval was granted to a re-
quest by Salvador Leyva for a Spe-
cificUse Permit to allow on premise
beer and wine sales for a tavern in
the commercial district. Lot 4,
Block 10, Bless Addition (1510 14th
Street). Trini Cuellar, chairman of
the Planning and Zoning Commis-
sion, briefed the council on the re-
quest, stating that the Planning and
Zoning Commission had granted
approval to the item. The council
called a public hearing for anyone
wishing to voice their thoughts re-
garding the issue, but nobody spoke
and die public hearing was closed.
• Police Chief Marvin Ivy re-
ported that the police department
may not be on-line with their new
computer system as soon as previ-
ously thought. Response to bid re-
quests were sluggish, with bids
much higher than expected. The best
software bid came from a firm that
has filed for bankruptcy since sub-
mitting their bid, and hardware bids
were not competitive. The council
passed a motion to reject all bids,
citing that future bids should be
lower as the industry becomes more
cortljidflttW.f"'1' ' 1
• The council approved a motion
to appoint Lorinc Bendele as judge
and Eva Arcos as alternate for the
May 6, 1995 general city election.
• Approval was granted to a mo-
tion authorizing the city manager to
purchase utility poles for the electric
company. The poles will be pur-
chased from Worldwide Forest
Products, the lowest bidder at
• The Hondo City Council an-
nounced that City Secretary
Beatrice Cervantez is the Employee
of the Month. Mayor Mary Lopez
presented Cervantez with the Em-
ployee of the Month award for her
professional manner and tireless
devotion to the city of Hondo.
• The council discussed and con-
sidered alternative facilities for non-
profit organizations on municipal
airport property. The organizations
are currently housed in old barracks
that are slated for removal. The war-
era buildings are deteriorating and
Possibilities discussed for an al-
ternate structure included building a
new facility or renovating an exist-
ing structure. Renovation possibili-
ties include the DeMontcI ware-
house at the airport, or the Geroni mo
building in the central business dis-
trict. The old D Hanis Bank budding
was also mentioned as a possibility.
The item was tabled, and council-
men Bill Cogburn and Bob Hcyen
were appointed to research the situ-
ation and report back to the council
within 30 days on the matter. The
council will wait on Cogburn and
Heyen’s report before making a final
• Weight limitations on municipal
airport runways were discussed,
with the question being whether or
not to allow Cl30 aircraft to land at
the airport. The Cl30 weighs
110,000 lbs., and the airport run-
ways arc rated to handle aircraft wi ih
a maximum gross weight of 90,000
lbs. The landing gear configuration
of the Cl30 supposedly distributes
the aircraft's weight to a point where
the runway would not receive too
Dan Gudas reported that the run-
ways are in bad condition, and that
too much stress on them might lead
to the need for costly repairs. Gudas
said the runways arc cracking from
the foundation upward, and he ex-
plained that they were not built to
last this long or handle heavy air-
The council decided to seek an
Airport Advisory Board recommen-
dation on the issue.
PHOTO BY FRANCES GUINN
SALESMANSHIP... Brownies of Troop 114, D'Hanis, waited excit-
edly for the arrival of Congressman Henry Bonilla Saturday morning
as they sold Girl Scout cookies and conducted a marketing survey
The Congressman purchased two boxes which helped bring their
total sales to 1,303 boxes. Pictured are (sitting) Lydia Escamilla,
(middle) Mercedes Mendoza, Julia Krause, Jill Van Damme, the Con-
gressman, (back) Ms. Sandra Mendoza, Courtney Delk and Kaela
Steubing. The girls' survey revealed the top three favorite Girl Scout
cookies were Mints, Trefoils and Dosidos.
Ramon Villa seeks
Council Place 1 seat
The Hondo Anvil Herald, Thursday, March 9, 1995, Page 3
I, Ramon "Kiko" Villa, Jr. wish to
announce my candidacy for City
Council Place #1.
1 am a life long resident of the City
of Hondo, a 1973 graduate of Hondo
high School and an 18-year veteran
of the Hondo Volunteer Fire Depart-
I am supported by my wife of 24
years, Mary Ytuarte Villa, and my
three children Valerie, Ramon III
"Monzie", and Jason.
Working with the public at Win-
kler Motors for over 24 years, I feel,
has given me experience in listening
and solving the problems of the
My goals when elected to the City
Council are: solving the sewer drain-
age problems, better local law en-
forcement, encourage city growth,
monitor city budget and spending
allocations, and strive to make
Hondo a better place to live.
I am asking for your vote and
support on May 6th.
Pet rabies vaccination clinic,
surplus auction set Saturday
On Saturday, March 11, the Hondo
P.D. will hold a Pet Rabies Vaccina-
tion Clinic and public auction.
Dogs and cats on leashes can be
vaccinated from 9 to 11 a.m. and
again from 1 to 3 p.m. at Hondo VFD
Hall #2 across from the Knights of
Columbus. Cost is $5 for each vacci-
City of Hondo Pet Registration
may also be done and the costs ran
from $1 per year to $3 per year per
animal, depending on proof of ster-
All city and county residents are
invited to get pets vaccinated.
At 3 p.m. an auction of surplus city
property, including vehicles and of-
fice equipment, will be conducted.
These items may be viewed during
the Vaccination Clinic. -
• Erik Dahler, Devine city admin-
istrator and Jerry Beck, mayor of
Devine, appeared before Commis-
sioners Court to discuss the Devine
Emergency Medical Services con-
tract. Dahler distributed charts and
graphs that show while Devine bears
most of the operating expenses of
EMS, the county enjoys most of its
The county contributes S7,5(X)
annually to E.MS. The city of Devine
spent $49,586 on EMS in 1994.
During that year EMS made 302
service runs in Devine while it made
351 service runs for the county.
Beck cited a collection rate by
EMS. of only 50%’ as part of the
problem, but he feels that the county
^should shoulder more of the burden.
The commissioners promised to
consider the request in their next
• Approval was granted to vacate
portions of streets and alleys on a
plat of land in Dunlay. The streets
andalleysonly existon paper on this
plat, w hich was laid out in 1893.
• Ernest Galindo of the Texas As-
sociation of Counties appeared be-
fore the commissioners to give a
presentation on safely. Galindo re-
ported on vehicle accidooLs, prod-
uct liability and industrial accidents.
He cited falls and overexertion as
primary causes of injuries. Back
injuries are the most common,
costing taxpayers an average of
Galindo said with proper training
and by using the right equipment,
most accidents could be avoided. He
said changes in procedure often
reduce accidents, as well.
In his closing, Galindo said that by
setting safety goals, people stay
more aware of safety procedures,
thereby reducing the number of in-
juries and saving the county money.
start prison riot
With the unit ’locked down,' prison
officials at the TDCJ Briscoe Unit at
Dillcy began the task of looking for
weapons, repairing damage and plac-
ing blame on those who caused a riot
among 800 prisoners Monday
evening. Damage to the three-year-
old medium security unit is estimated
Law officers from the surround-
ing areas responded to the distur-
bance which was brought under con-
trol, about two hours after it began,
with tear gas and pepper fog.No per-
sonnel injuries were reported.
Racial tension may have sparked
the violence in which 28 prisoners
were injured, but television programs
commonly cause fights, according to
a TDCJ official.
• Final approval was granted to ac-
cept a bid on a new mailing machine.
The commissioners chose the least
expensive of three Pitney Bowes
machines under consideration. The
lease cost of the E535 mail process
machine will be S51 per month for
the rest of 1995 as part of a special
offer, then escalate to S213 per
month in 1996. The new machine
will feature a 10 pound electronic
scale, and it should be more cost
efficient than using stamps.
• Commissioners approved
Sf:0(X) lor the Lytle Volunteer Fire
• Approval was granted releasing
S7,500 for Medina Valley EMS.
• Final approval was granted for
Addendum #6, AACOG/Aging re-
garding method of payment. The
Addendum authorizes wire transfers
by way of a modem.
• Commissioners had to wait for
the fog to lift before they could hear
from Judy Vandcrgriff, account
executive with The Travelers Plan
Administrators, Inc., on renewal of
the county employees health insur-
ance contract. Vandcrgriffs plane
could not land in San A*ntonio be-
cause of the fog; so it circled until it
was low on fuel. It had to fly to
Abilene for more fuel, but by the
Ume it got back to San Antonio, the
fog had lifted and thecommissioncrs
were ready to hear from her.
The new contract will cost the
county S128,379. The per employee
cost will be $217. Vandcrgriff re-
ported that money was saved by
changing life insurance carriers, and
thalclaims are generally paid within
10 business days.
• Pet. 3 Commissioner Enrique G.
Santos was awarded a Certificate of
Completion of Continuing Educa-
tion from the County Commissioner
Association of Texas.
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□ business meed and entertainment
□ travel expenses
□ gains/losses from sales of property
□ estimated tax
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Even Easter Candy
Sale Dates: March 1st - March 17th
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We would like to say Thank You for all the community sup-
port and to the new friends we have made over the past 2 years.
We will be hosting an
Open House on Thursday, March 16,1995
from 11:00 a.m. till 2:00 p.m.
We irnite the community and our friends to join us
for refreshments and door prizes.
Drawings will be held at our Hondo Branch,
located at 1714 Ave. M.
For more information, Call 741-5321 or 1-800-437-6774
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