Two dilapidated buildings in the 500 block of Conway Avenue soon will be demolished.
Mission City Council members approved the move after an executive session at their Monday meeting. One of the buildings once was a tire repair shop on the southeast corner of Sixth Street and Conway Avenue. The other is a two-story building at 506 N. Conway. It was once a hospital started by Mission pioneer Cayetano Barrera, but the roof has fallen in and the building is considered unsafe to the public.
When asked about the buildings within the historic district, Mayor Beto Salinas said the council had approved the designation and the buildings in question did not have any historic plaques associated with them.
“We checked with the Texas Historic Commission in Austin,” Salinas said, “and found that unless there was a historical plaque associated with the building, there was no reason we could not remove the building since it is a danger to the public.”
Bob Galligan, interim city attorney, was instructed to take whatever legal action was necessary against the owners of the other properties considered for demolition. They are the south one-half of Lot 4, Block 91, Mission Original Townsite, Lot 3, Block 1, of the Renteria Subdivision, Lot 20, Block 6, Carlos G. Leal Subdivision and Lot 19, Block 6, Carlos G. Leal Subdivision.
In other action, the Salinas objected to the sale of alcohol at an events center next to a large residential neighborhood. Owners of the Villanueva Event Center in Mountain View Subdivision, on Los Ebanos Road and Mile 2 Road, requested a conditional use permit for sale of alcohol at the center.
“I do not believe we should be allowing sale of alcohol in a center where there is a large residential neighborhood,” Salinas said. “We try to keep alcohol usage and sales in locations away from residential neighborhoods for the protection of the residents.”
Also under zoning matters, the council approved zoning for the north 938.74 feet of Lot A of B. L. Miller’s subdivision from agricultural open AO-I to general business, C-3. The item failed to get approval at the recent Planning and Zoning Commission meeting due to a lack of quorum. Engineer Steve Spoor asked the council to remand the item back to the P&Z when there was a full board for reconsideration.
However, Councilwoman Norie Garza said she had driven out to look at the site and found commercial zoning adjacent to the site and noticed Hidalgo County offices were in the same block on La Homa, one major street over. There also is a church nearby, so she did not see any problem with the requested zoning.
Councilman Armando O’Cana asked what the Future Land Use Map showed for the site. City Planner Daniel Tijerina said the map showed residential at this time but the map could be revised to reflect what was actually in the area and there was a bit of commercial in the area.
After hearing what Garza had to say, the council voted to approve the request instead of remanding the item back to P&Z.
Also Monday, Mission Police Chief Robert Dominquez recommended acceptance of masonry repairs of the Mission Public Safety Jail following repairs by Joe Williamson Construction. Salinas refused to approve the request, saying he wanted Williamson to come and face the council and tell them himself that the repairs were completed.
“We have had problems getting this work done,” Salinas said. “When he comes and tells us himself the repairs are completed, then we will hold him to it if there are any more problems.”
Judge Jonathan Wehrmeister announced the Mission Municipal Court would start opening on Saturdays from 8 a.m. to 12 p.m. beginning May 2 so residents who are working during the week can come in and pay fines or take care of other pending business they might have with the court.
The council gave permission for six Mission Police officers to become Hidalgo County reserve deputies in order to provide services to Sharyland Pioneer High School and Sharyland North Junior High, which are both located outside the city. The program is designed to reduce school violence at all Sharyland Independent School District campuses within the city limits, and SISD administrators want the program expanded to those campuses as well.
By naming the officers in the schools as reserve deputies, they will be able to submit criminal cases to the local justices of the peace, work with juvenile probation and send cases to the Hidalgo County District Attorney’s office for prosecution if needed.
Personnel from the Hidalgo County Tax Office will host a meeting April 23 at 5:30 p.m. at the Mission Economic Development Corporation offices, 901 Business Park Drive, for any resident of Mission who has questions about property taxes to come and ask questions.
In other action, authorization was given for the city to go out for bids for restroom facilities for the Mission Hike & Bike Trail Park.
The council approved a resolution requesting Gov. Greg Abbott officially rename the Metropolitan Planning Organization as the Transportation Policy Committee of the Metropolitan Planning Organization. This will bring the organization in compliance with state standards.