Written by Kathy Olivarez Friday, 25 April 2014 10:02
A request for the city of Mission to provide streetlights to colonias in the city’s extraterritorial jurisdiction within 10 years met with a resounding no from Mayor Norberto “Beto” Salinas at the Monday, April 14, meeting of the city council.
Planning Director Daniel Tijerina presented a resolution for the lights on behalf of La Union del Pueblo Entero (LUPE).
But Salinas took exception to the implication of the resolution the city of Mission did not have streetlights in some residential areas. He told Tijerina Mission already has streetlights in all residential areas.
The mayor also said he would not agree to provide streetlights in extraterritorial jurisdiction areas until those areas are annexed into the city. It is illegal to spend city tax money to provide services for people who were not inside the city, the mayor said. Salinas said the county is in charge of improvements in the rural areas. Paying for lighting in rural areas not a part of the city is not the responsibility of the city, he stated.