Tuesday, July 19, 2016

City hires new Clerk and approves furniture for Municipal Court

VON ORMY--At its July 18, 2016 meeting Von Ormy City Commissioners hired a new Assistant City Clerk.  Irma Trejo of San Antonio will join the city staff and serve as an assistant to both the City Clerk and Municipal Court Clerk.  
  City Commissioners also approved the purchase of furniture for the municipal court and city commission meetings.   A custom made dais, chairs, judge's bench, witness stand, reporters stand, and floating podium will be purchased from the Texas Department of Criminal Justice Texas Correctional Industries.  The Von Ormy Municipal Court and City Council/Commission has for years been operated out of temporary facilities, but now has a permanent home in the city offices erected on Quarterhorse Road.  The prisoner-constructed furniture will replace the folding tables and chairs used in the past.  
   The new city buildings and furniture has been paid for cash, out of the surplus that has been saved over several years.  The city's plan to erect city offices without incurring debt has now been completed.
   A 48" x 24" outdoor sign was also approved.   The sign will state "City of Von Ormy City Hall and Municipal Court."  The sign will be installed outside of the new City Hall and Municipal Court buildings soon.

Monday, July 18, 2016

Von Ormy receives grant to complete Quarterhorse Road reconstruction project

VON ORMY--Bexar County has awarded the City of Von Ormy a Community Development Block Grant (CDBG) to complete its reconstruction and drainage project on Quarterhorse Road.  The grant is in the amount of $250,000.00 for Phase III of the project.      
Construction of Phase II of the project is ongoing.  Under Phase II, drainage ditches were enhanced and the road surface reconstructed from Von Ormy Road to the end of cul-du-sac. Phase III will extend these from Von Ormy Road to I-35. 
  Quarterhorse reconstruction was planned to handle the increased traffic from the construction of a City Park, City Offices and new Fire Station located at the end of the Quarterhorse Road.  The road was originally designed for residential traffic and not for the increased business traffic resulting from the city's uses.  
    City Commissioner Sally Martinez wrote the grant application, which was approved by the City Commission in February.  The project was selected among many by Bexar County Commissioner's Court on July 12, 2016 and funded.  The engineers on the project are Gonzalez - de la Garza & Associates. Bids for construction are forthcoming.