Water Department employees, l to r: Emilo Abreo, Jamie Hudson, Steven Sanchez, Chief Water Operator, Cuco Corrales, George Lopez, Jon Garcia and Water Department Manager, Dion Corralez
By Edna Clark
The Town of Van Horn City Council received an award and a plaque for the second year in a row with the Big Country Best Drinking Water Contest. The contest, sponsored by CWTRWUA out of Sweetwater, Texas, evaluates ground water in areas of populations less than 10,000 inhabitants.
A zoning variance request by David Navarette to change from a Residential 1 Family Home to an R3 Mobile Home was denied by Council. Zoning Variance requests by Antonio and Cruz Parada to change an area from R3 Residential to B1 Business was approved by Council.
The May 7 election results were canvassed with incumbents Mayor Glenn Humphries and Alderman Rudy Hinojos maintaining their positions. Previous Alderman, Pam Young, won a seat on Van Horn City Council. A total of 695 votes were cast.
Council approved payment for election expenses and workers. Hart InterCivic of Austin, Texas, an outside source supplied and monitored the voting machines to prevent any irregularities in the May 7 election. Total cost for the election was $8312.66 which will be split evenly between the Town of Van Horn and CCAISD, ($4156.33- payable by each entity).
Patti Scott spoke in representation of Run for the Wall veterans’ motorcycle riders, requesting fees waived for use of the Convention Center. Council approved.
Council approved waiving fees for the City Pool on May 23 and May 25 per CCAISD request for Junior High and High School Pool Party days. Council denied request to waive pool fees for Pool Parties; fee will be reviewed annually.
Alderman Nuny Morriss recommended continuance of billboards #1 and #2 on the western edge of Van Horn through Brune and Burnett Enterprises and to pay $2250 arrears on the current contract. September fees will total $2500 for both billboards.
Council approved surplus items to be sold in the CCAISD auction on June 11, 2016.
Mayor Glenn Humphries proclaimed May 20 to be the Put on Purple and Day No to Lupus Day in the Town of Van Horn.
Alderman Hinojos told Council that there were new leaks in the older adjoining section of the Convention Center roof which the contractor is denying liability.