City adopts emergency siren policy
by Coy Slavik, Advance-Guard Editor
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By Coy Slavik

Advance-Guard Editor

GOLIAD – The Goliad City Council unanimously approved a policy and activation protocol for the city’s new emergency siren system at its Nov. 5 meeting.

Three sirens will be installed throughout the city, including one in La Bahia.

“We will have three sirens to give us full coverage of the whole area,” Zermeno said. “We’re working in conjunction with the county to find those locations.”

Zermeno said the siren will be tested each Monday at noon with a 60-second tone.

The siren will be activated for tornado warnings issued by the National Weather Service, tornados or funnel clouds reported by a reliable source, sustained winds in excess of 50 mph, reports of hail larger than one inch, chemical spills, wildfires approaching the city limits, state or national emergencies declared by the governor or president and other emergencies as appropriate by the city’s chief-elected official.

A fire warning will be 15 seconds on, 15 seconds off three times each. The siren will sound steady for 180 seconds for a tornado warning.

For high winds, the siren will steady for 60 seconds. For an alert, the siren will sound 10 seconds on, five seconds off 12 times each.

Also during the meeting, Goliad County Little League President Jimmy Garcia spoke to the council seeking assistance from the city.

Garcia said he has received offers of private donations to update the Little League facility, but would like the city to also help with renovations and repairs at the complex.

“Every year, it seems our expenses get more and more,” Garcia said. “We were talking to night about increasing registration fees and the numbers keep going up.”

Garcia said the facility’s lone restroom is in need of renovation.

“It’s not handicap accessible, so we’re trying to find out the fastest way to get that done,” Garcia said. “If I could tear everything down and start from scratch, that’s the best way to go. But right now, until we see the money that is promised and we see it physically and say ‘OK, this what we have to work with,’ and we have find a contractor and tell him this is how much we have to work with, we’ll do it. But until then, it’s all up in the air.”

Garcia said he has approached the city before requesting help with utility expenses. He submitted an application with the Goliad Municipal Development District, but it was returned to him because he had not received bids for the needed work.

“I went out and got the bids for remodeling and rebuilding the concession stand and all the fencing,” Garcia said. “Between the two bids, it was less than $90,000. That was for a completely new facility. It was rejected. One of the board members felt we could find a cheaper bid.”

Mayor Jay Harvey said the city had considered taking over the fields, so it could apply for grants to fund renovations.

“We all want to support Little League,” Harvey said. “It’s very important.”

Garcia said the facility brings money into the city.

“But I can’t host all-day tournaments with one bathroom,” Garcia said.

Garcia asked council why habitat For Humanity receives city assistance while the Little League doesn’t.

“Why are we getting pushed aside?” Garcia said.

“For 28 years, I served as manager, coach and I was the assistant district administrator,” Councilman Buddy Zavesky said. “In the 28 years, we never asked for a dime. Everything was donated. We didn’t buy uniforms every year. You took it off at the end of the season and left it with the Little League so it wouldn’t cost money.”

Zavesky suggested Garcia and other Little League officials meet with the council to discuss a plan.

Council also discussed filing with the state as lien holders for ANS Welding Supplies and Services assets. ANS has an outstanding loan from the MDD.

In other action items, council unanimously approved Resolution No. 2013-15 to adopt a fund balance policy to define various funds available or used by the city, including the general fund, special revenue fund, debt service fund, enterprise fund and special funds such as the MDD and HOT funds.

Council unanimously approved the re-adoption of its investment policy to remain in compliance with the Public Funds Investment Act.

Council unanimously approved the one-year terms of Raymond Starr, Carol Griffith and Mary Ashton and two-year terms of Carmen Flores, John Yochem, Kristin Billo and Bil Montague for the Architectural Board of Review.

Council also unanimously approved casting all 34 of its votes for W.A. Wimberly III on the Goliad County Appraisal District.
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