Council hires Fonseca to lead emergency management
by Coy Slavik, Advance-Guard Editor
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GOLIAD – City council unanimously approved Goliad County Emergency Services Director Peggy Fonseca to manage the city’s emergency program.

At its Dec. 17 meeting, city council approved paying Fonseca $15,000 per year to perform the duties. Fonseca had served as an unpaid consultant for the city.

“She would be much more active in making sure the city is compliant,” City Administrator Larry Zermeno said. “We have an emergency management plan and all the information I get from Peggy.”

Fonseca created the siren protocol for the city earlier this year.

Zermeno said Fonseca would also oversee the city’s “Revenue Rescue” program, which tries to recoup expenses for emergency services.

Council discussed the proposed design of wayfinding signs. Zermeno requested new designs be submitted to council.

The new design includes silhouettes of Mission Espiritu Santo. The signs were expected to be erected early this month for “Christmas In Goliad,” but Zermeno and council were not happy with the original design submitted by National Signs Plaza.

Zermeno spoke to council about the progress of the newly formed municipal court. He said the city needs to enter in an interlocal agreement with the county to give Precinct 2 Constable Mike Thompson the power to issue citations for city code violations.

“We’re at the point right now where we can’t issue tickets,” Zermeno said. “We have the system set up, but we can’t move forward because we can’t write tickets.”

Goliad County Little League President Jimmy Garcia was at the meeting to discuss the possible purchase of land adjacent to the Little League complex.

Zermeno said he learned the land Garcia was inquiring about was county property.

Council voted to take applications for the city attorney position until Jan. 15.

Council convened into a public hearing to discuss annexing 4.25 acres near the Goliad High School tennis courts. There will be two other public hearings on the annexation.

Council unanimously accepted the resignation of City Attorney Terry Baiamonte effective Jan. 31.

Councilwoman Liz Holsey was absent from the meeting.
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