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Mayor objects to home occupation permit

City-of-Mission-logoA request for a conditional use permit for a home occupation daycare on 24th Street in Glasscock Village was approved in spite of opposition from Mayor Beto Salinas during the Monday meeting of the Mission City Council.

Salinas later said he opposes businesses in residential subdivisions in general.

The Planning and Zoning Commission approved the permit for one year with no opposition. Operating hours would be 6:30 a.m. to 6 p.m. with a maximum of 12 children, from infants to age 12.

However, three women from the adjacent subdivision for people aged 55 and older appeared at the council meeting to oppose the permit.

Marsha Marino said they live in an over-55 subdivision because they do not want to deal with children. She is opposed to a daycare being approved in a home near her back fence and expressed fear that her property would be devalued by having a commercial business located in a residential subdivision nearby.

Another resident, Lila Bartlett, also opposed the permit.

Applicant Yadira Villarreal said she lacked funds to get a commercial location for the daycare.

Councilman Ruben Plata said he would approve of the request for a period of one year, but recommended Villarreal save funds to relocate the daycare to a commercial location next year.

After discussion, the item was approved in a vote of four to one with Mayor Beto Salinas casting the opposing vote. Salinas said he opposes allowing commercial businesses in residential subdivisions because they do not have the same tax benefits to the city as a similar business in a commercial location does. That gives the business owner in the residential area an unfair advantage over the business owner who operates in the commercial zone.

Salinas also expressed concern the residence was too close to an over 55 community that he felt needed to be protected. He also believes allowing commercial businesses to locate in residential subdivisions can have an adverse affect on the property value of the surrounding residents.

In other action, the council approved a work authorization with Javier Hinojosa Engineering related to storm drainage improvements in Gerlach Subdivision No. 2 and North Conway Subdivision No. 1.

According to Public Works Engineer Roberto Salinas, 24-inch and 30-inch storm drainage sewers will be installed along North Doherty in the two subdivisions. The new pipes will capture floodwaters from Stacy, Violet and Rose Marie Lanes, which are prone to flooding. Salinas said there are about 65 homes in the area, which encompasses about 30 to 40 acres that will benefit from the project. The estimated cost of the project is $332,324.

In a related item, the city agreed to purchase 10 sanitary sewer manhole covers from Southern Trenchless Solutions at a cost of $116,466.

The council authorized the city manager to issue a building permit prior to the recording of the subdivision for a new Walmart on Business 83 and Bryan Road, next to Bryan Elementary. According to City Manager Martin Garza, the new store will be a smaller neighborhood store like those currently being built in the Dallas area. Instead of having a lot of sundries and other items such as clothing, household goods and hardware items, the store will primarily have groceries, a pharmacy and a gasoline station.

Garza said Walmart is working with the Mission Consolidated Independent School District to change the location for drop-off and pick-up of students at Bryan Elementary so the entrance to the new store will not affect the lines of parents dropping or picking up their children.

There also will be an entrance to the store from Business 83.

Use of septic tanks for the proposed Gabriel Aguilar Subdivision to be developed on 11.74 acres of land in Lot 146 of Nick Doffing Subdivision No. 1 in Mission’s rural extraterritorial jurisdiction brought opposition from Councilman Armando O’Caña. The site is Mile 5 Road and Brushline Road, which is in the Agua Special Utility District.

O’Caña said the area is prone to flooding and when the land floods, septic tanks overflow, creating health hazards. He said he would rather see a sewer line run to the site instead of allowing septic tanks. However, the closest sewer line is two miles away, so running a sewer line to the site would be costly. The council voted to approve the subdivision with septic tanks.

A bid for construction of a sanitation office building was awarded to Rincones Group in the amount of $36,000.

The council approved purchase of a new security camera system for the south side police and fire station due to the failure of the current system. The failure is also affecting the system at station five.

Six homes were approved for reconstruction and one for rehabilitation through the Community Development Block Grant Housing Assistance Program. The estimated cost is $313,500.

The council meeting for May 12 was canceled due to the elections. A special meeting to canvass the votes will be held May 19. The Monday, May 26, meeting was changed to May 27 due to the Memorial Day holiday.

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