Hondo Anvil Herald (Hondo, Tex.), Vol. 112, No. 23, Ed. 1 Thursday, June 4, 1998 Page: 3 of 66
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3 other districts
By William Hoover
Anvil Herald Correspondent
The Austin-based Texas Water De-
velopment Board (TWDB) announced
on Thurs., May 21, that it had awarded
matching grants to four water conser-
vation districts, totalling $64,932. The
grants are being awarded at a time of
near chronic drought conditions. Un-
til a brief shower last Wednesday, it
had not measurably rained in Hondo
in over 70 days.
The grants, which come from the
Agricultural Conservations Grants to
Districts Program, allows local con-
servation or water-quality testing.
Under the terms of the matching
grants, the TWDB will provide 75%
of conservation district program
funding in return for a 25% contri-
bution from the district.
Of the four Soil and Water Conser-
vation Districts (SWCDs), Medina
Valley SWCD was awarded the small-
est grant at $4,515. Coastal Plains
SWCD in Fort Bend County was
awarded the largest grant in the
amount of $34,912, followed byTierra
Blanca SWCD in Deaf Smith County,
which received $20,645. Sherman
County SWCD received $4,860.
The MVSWCD grant will be used
to purchase a high technology super-
grade flow meter, according to Natu-
ral Resources Conservation Service
(NRCS) Conservationist Lynn Post.
The easy to use, highly accurate
flow meter represents new technology
and will be used to check irrigation
and well flow rates. According to Post,
the non-invasive device checks flow
rate without having to drill any holes
into pipes. The flow meter emits a re-
flective radio signal which measure
the volume and velocity of water trav-
eling in closed systems.
“This is high technology,” says
Post. “With this device, we can just
drive up to a well, get out of the
truck, attach the meter to a pipe with
flowing water, take a reading and
leave. No penetration or drilling is
needed. It’s easy and accurate.”
By allowing quick and easy mea-
surement of the actual amount of
water being used by well users and
irrigators in the MVSWCD, the flow
meter will aid in water conservation
and the development of comprehen-
sive region-wide conservation plans.
Council refuses to rehire police officer
The Hondo AnviJ Herald, Thursday, June 4, 1998, Page 3
By William Hoover
Anvu. Herald Correspondent__
Hondo city council members de-
nied a request by former Hondo Po-
liceman Leo Zambrano to be re-hired
by the city during their Monday
night, June I, council meeting.
Zambrano had apparently reconsid-
ered his hasty resignation from the
department earlier this year.
, In March, Zambrano resigned
from the police department without
giving notice, asking his resignation
be effective immediately. Zambrano
cited personal reasons for his depar-
ture from the force. City Manager
Scott Wall said Zambrano was not
hired because city positions must be
filled by following the process set
forth in the city’s personnel policy.
Hondo Chief of Police Marvin Ivy
said he was satisfied with the deci-
sion. “Zambrano was replaced. We
already hired and trained another
officer. I’m relieved I didn’t have to
lay anyone off.”
In other business, Mark Sunder-
man, President of the Hondo Area
Chamber of Commerce, and Jerry
Dominguez, Controller for Medina
Community Hospital (MCH), gave
annual financial and status'reports.
Sunderman reported an active year
for the chamber, including 15 ribbon
cuttings. He still anticipates needing
financial assistance from the city to
secure a new director for the Cham-
ber of Commerce.
Dominguez explained that MCH,
which is jointly owned by the city
and Medina County, is budgeted to
have revenues over expenses of
$448,618 for the year ending May
31, 1999. Dominguez said the prof-
its were possible because MCH is a
comprehensive system and not just
a hospital. “We have clinics, surgi-
cal oncology, prison health services,
the Wellness Center, and a home
health agency,” said Dominguez.
Library Director Margie Ibarra
was given approval to purchase a
software program to automate the
library’s card catalog system. The
Alexandria Software System, which
was recommended by the library
trustees, is estimated to cost $6,(XX)
The term of several city boards re-
cently expired and Mayor Barden
acted to appoinlpeople to serve new
terms. Laura Wentz was reappointed
to her position on the Planning and
Zoning commission. Delma Domin-
guez was appointed to take the posi-
tion previously held by Riva Boubel.
Three terms expired on the city’s
Construction Board of Adjustments
and Appeals. Ed Stiteler and Robert
West were re-appointed to their posi-
tions. The other post was left open un-
til a person can be found to serve on
the Adjustments and Appeals board
All three members of the Airport
Advisory Board (AAB), whose term
expired, volunteered to serve again
on the board. Re-appointed to the
AAB were Aniceto Colunga, Frances
Guinn, and Lynn Decker.
Council authorized City Manager
Scott Wall to engage the services of
Coker Auction Company to sell off
surplus city equipment, and jewelry
seized by the police department. The
City Manager was also authorized to
sign a lease assignment from Hondo
Livestock Auction Company to
Gilliam Ranch, Limited Partners.
The land is currently pasture leased
to Hondo Livestock Company and
they want to lease it to Gilliam
Ranch, according to Wall.
In planning and zoning business,
the council approved a request by
Charles Tondre for a special use per-
mit to operate a day care facility on
3.948 acres of land at the southeast
comer of 30th Street and Avenue U.
The Council also amended the Sign
Regulations ordinance which regu-
lates the display of Christmas holiday
greeting signs along Highway 90. The
change creates a larger window for
Incarnate Word graduates Hondo student
Araceli Villareal recently graduated
from the University of the Incarnate
Word in San Antonio. Villareal re-
ceived a bachelor of arts in Interdis-
ciplinary Studies, with a teaching cer-
tification in early childhood.
Villareal is the daughter of Santos
and Teresa Montanez; sister to
Gabriela, Santa and Gabriel; and aunt
to Daniel, Paul, Richard, Michael
The University of the Incarnate
Word is a Catholic, co-educational
liberal arts university founded in
1881 by the Sisters of Charity of the
Incarnate Word, and is located at
Broadway and Hildebrand in San
Antonio. Guided by its 117-ycar mis-
sion of Christian and social justice.
Incarnate Word maintains a tradition
of academic excellence.
removal of signs from the highway.
The 1998 street resurfacing project
was unanimously approved by coun-
cil with the addition of one more
street. Southern Breeze will also be
resurfaced along with the previously
Council voted unanimously to pro-
ceed with demolition of a structure at
1601 16tfi Street. The owners of the
property, Carlos and Gloria Arcos,
have consented to the demolition of
the structure on the rear of their prop-
erty. ‘They [the Arcos] requested we
get it out of the way for them as a
convenience," said the City Manager.
“They have a nice house and this is
on the back of the property.”
The construction of a bridge at
Elm Slough and 16th Street was
tabled until the city can obtain bids
with a more reasonable price. Bid
specifications caused the estimate on
the current bid to be approximately
$700,000. The construction of an al-
ley between Colony and Elaine Drive
was also tabled until the City Man-
ager can conduct a survey of local
Freshman council member Che
Lopez, had several recommendations
for improving parks within the city.
Lopez will meet with the Parks Ad-
visory Board on May 15 to discuss
installing benches, barbecue pits, full
length basketball courts and drink-
ing fountains at the 18th Street Park
and T.A. Lopez Park.
The next council meeting is sched-
uled for Monday, June 15, 7:00 p.m.
in City Hall. The public is welcome
S^Mr. & Mrs. David Trevino,
f would like to extend their t
appreciation to everyone who
helped out with the benefit. And
we would like to send a special
thanks to Alvino Barrios, Sr., &
Alvino Jr. Thank you very much.
May God Bless You.
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Wildlife management group organized
On May 26, at the Black Creek
Baptist Church, a group of local citi-
zens, with assistance from Texas
Parks and Wildlife and Medina
County Extension Service represen-
tatives, organized the El Camino Real
Wildlife Management Association.
The underlying motivation for or-
ganizing such a group has to do with
the continuing increase in population
of this area, the reduction in size of
farms and ranches and the corre-
sponding loss of wildlife habitat.
In view of those realities, the group
thought an organization of landown-
ers, hunters and other interested par-
ties could best cope with the situa-
tions outlined above and thereby
maintain this important resource.
While the primary emphasis is di-
rected at white tail deer, there are
dedicated interests in wild turkey,
javelina, quail and all other wildlife
species. Without some organiza-
tional and management structure in
place, wildlife in this rapidly grow-
ing area may be at risk.
It is important for those interested
in becoming members to know that
this organization is strictly voluntary
and it does not have the power to levy
any requirements on anyone. It is
simply an effort to maintain and sus-
tain our wildlife resource.
Boundaries for the wildlife man-
agement area have not been devel-
oped but will not be restrictive. Gen-
erally the area is non-specific but sort
of west of Devine towards the Hondo
Creek area, south to the Medina-Frio
County boundary and north towards
Important actions taken during the
May 28 meeting include the election
of officers: Russell Roberson, presi-
dent; Wayne McBryde, vice-presi-
dent; and Mary Howard as secretary-
treasurer. Annual dues were estab-
lished at $5 per membership. A Steer-
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velop Bylaws and other administra-
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this state. One such group has been
organized east of Devine, in the
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