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Council wants to honor former mayor
by Christina Rowland
Jun 01, 2013 | 2242 views | 0 0 comments | 33 33 recommendations | email to a friend | print
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Above, Refugio County Justice of the Peace  Emi Riemenschneider, right, gives the oath of office to  Woodsboro’s new mayor, Larry Jochetz, as Deanne Jochetz holds the Bible for her husband on Wednesday, May 22.
Tim Delaney photos Above, Refugio County Justice of the Peace Emi Riemenschneider, right, gives the oath of office to Woodsboro’s new mayor, Larry Jochetz, as Deanne Jochetz holds the Bible for her husband on Wednesday, May 22.
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Joey Heard, from left, takes the oath of office Friday morning, May 24, from Gary Bourland, Refugio County commissioner. Heard is Refugio’s new mayor.
Joey Heard, from left, takes the oath of office Friday morning, May 24, from Gary Bourland, Refugio County commissioner. Heard is Refugio’s new mayor.
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REFUGIO – The first Ray Jaso day will take place June 29, 2013.

Jaso served the town of Refugio for 41 years, and the council voted during its Monday meeting to do something to honor him.

The members are looking at a plaque dedication in King’s Park on June 29 as well as a proclamation proclaiming it Ray Jaso day.

June 29 was chosen because it’s the same day as the Fourth of July festivities, and that was one of Jaso’s favorite holidays.

In other items, Karen Watts and Wanda Dukes were sworn in as aldermen in places 1 and 2 during Monday night’s city council meeting.

The council also agreed to lend a dump truck and driver to Refugio ISD to help in the removal of the top four and a half inches of dirt from the football stadium.

Council member Leonard Anzaldua said he talked with the Superintendent Jack Gaskins, and the dirt needs to be removed from the stadium so that the new turf can be laid down.

The dirt will be given to the city for free if it provides the dump truck and driver needed to haul it away.

Anzaldua said the primary school would need some dirt as well as possibly the other schools and, otherwise, it could be theirs for free.

He reminded the council that a resolution had been passed at a previous meeting to support RISD, and the turf project and taking the dirt was a way to support the project without spending money.

Mayor Joey Heard said he has talked with several areas companies and they too could be interested in some of the dirt.

It was estimated it would take about 50 trips to remove the dirt and a front end loader might be needed as well.

There was also a discussion on hurricane preparedness. Heard expressed that he would like every city employee to get ID cards; in case if there were some sort of natural disaster, the council members would be allowed back in the city.

It was also decided that there will be a hurricane preparedness workshop with Police Chief Andy Lopez and others at a date that is yet to be decided.

Hurricane season starts June 1 and ends in October.
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