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La Feria city commission extends disaster declaration again, votes in new member of Zoning Board of Adjustment

The La Feria city commission once again extended the disaster declaration which means city meetings will continue online for the forseeable future. Photo: Google / Android Authority

By CAYETANO GARZA JR.
LFN

The La Feria city commission held its second regularly scheduled meeting this month last Tuesday, October 27, at 6:30 pm.

In accordance with an order by the office of the Texas governor issued March 16, the commission has been holding its meetings online via Zoom live stream in lue of face-to-face meetings to slow the spread of COVID-19 by maintaining strict social distancing while still allowing the commission to perform the duties and functions of civic government.

After observing the usual protocols of a regular meeting (invocation, pledge, determining quorum present, and call to order), the commission approved minutes for the meeting held October 13, 2020.

There were no community members signed up to present public comments so the commission proceeded with the other items on the agenda.

The commission once again voted unanimously to further extend the local disaster declaration pertaining to the public health emergency presented by the global COVID-19 pandemic. This vote means a continuation of online meetings for the forseeable future.

The next item for consideration for the night’s meeting involved approval of a resolution to appoint members to the Zoning Board of Adjustment. This was an item that had been tabled at the October 13 meeting to give time to contact two members whose status was in question and had been unavailable up to that time.

The Zoning Board of Adjustment is a statutory board created pursuant to state law. The board hears appeals based on determinations made in the enforcement of the zoning ordinance and decides special exceptions to the terms of the zoning ordinance in certain cases. This board renders authoritative decisions. The board is usually made up of five members who are appointed to serve two year staggered terms and an alternate member is usually appointed annually. Each member must be a resident of the city.

Chairman Carlos Verduzco and members Gloria Loya, Jesse Garcia, and Maria Elena Gonzalez have all agreed to continue to serve on the board while member Dilia Sanchez would no longer be serving. The commission voted to approve new member Gloria Santillan Casas to the zoning board and commissioner Lozano went on record to say that Albert Garcia was also willing to serve should another member be needed.

The following item to consider and approve an advertisement for a request of proposals for financing options related to energy efficiency and capital reinvestment project by Schneider Electric Building Americas, Inc. was tabled.

With no other business on the agenda, the commission voted to adjourn.
The next meeting of the La Feria city commission is scheduled for November 10, 2020 at 6:30 pm. To view the meeting via internet live streaming, please visit https://www.cityoflaferia.com/boards-and-commissions/city-commission/agendas-2020/ where you will find the agenda for the next meeting. The pdf for the agenda will include a link, meeting ID and passcode for the Zoom meeting. More information is available by calling 346-248-7799. Members of the public may sign up for public comment on an agenda item or for another item of public concern by submitting an email to amorales@cityoflaferia.com containing the name of the individual wishing to comment; and the item number or subject matter the individual wishes to comment on. Please submit requests for public comment no later than two hours before the meeting. Join the meeting at the time and login listed above and the Mayor will call on you when it is your turn to speak. A recording of the meeting will be made and is available to the public in accordance with the Texas Open Meetings Act.

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