By ESTEVAN MEDRANOPort Isabel-South Padre [email protected] Port Isabel City Commission approved a number of policy changes at a regular meeting Tuesday evening under the legal advice of newly appointed city attorney Gilberto Hinojosa and transparency recommendations by interim city manager Jared Hockema.Hinojosa recommended the removal of “open comments” from the agenda because although the public is allowed to make comments to the Board during the time-regulated “public comments” section at the beginning of each meeting, comments made afterwards could potentially be a violation of the Open Meetings Act. That act calls for proper notice to the public when an item that is not on the agenda for discussion is deliberated.“When you (the audience) give a public comment to the commissioners and the mayor, they can’t respond to you by law,” said Hinojosa. “It’s very frustrating because you’re telling them something because you want a response, but if they respond to you, they’re violating the Open Meetings Act,” he said.The Board followed counsel’s advice for now and also approved a recommendation by Hockema that a brief report of the City’s updated financial situation be acknowledged at the beginning of each meeting. Hockema called attention to the light revenues in some areas, including low tax collection, as well as lower than expected revenues from the Port Isabel Event & Cultural Center — still in its first year of operation — which is operating at a deficit.Want the whole story? Pick up a copy of the Port Isabel-South Padre Press, or subscribe to our E-Edition by clicking here. RelatedTensions rise at City meetingCity Secretary issue leads to divided discussion over salaries By DINA ARÉVALO Port Isabel-South Padre Press [email protected] Even before the meeting could be called to order, a debate was already being waged inside the Port Isabel City Commission meeting room Monday. Earlier that afternoon, Interim City Manager Jared Hockema informed City…October 16, 2015In “News”P.I. to look into traffic slowdowns, potholesBy DINA ARÉVALO Port Isabel-South Padre Press [email protected] Between summertime traffic clogging Highway 100 and potholes slowing down cars on side streets, driving in Port Isabel can be a difficult task. Driving woes were one of the issues the Port Isabel City Commission discussed during its regular meeting Tuesday. During public…June 26, 2015In “News”Taxi licensingBy ESTEVAN MEDRANO Port Isabel-South Padre Press [email protected] Getting back to business as usual, the Port Isabel City Commission met Tuesday for a regular meeting. The commission began by accepting a request by Julian Hernandez Jr. — a Wave shuttle driver for 15 years in South Padre Island — to open…June 12, 2015In “News” Share
By ABBEY KUNKLESpecial to the PRESSAlthough sad to see him go, the South Padre Island City Council recognized retiring Assistant Chief of Police Javier Garza for his 30 years of dedicated service at their regular meeting Wednesday evening. Garza began his career in law enforcement as a dispatcher in the 1980s and worked his way up to assistant chief, where he has served an important role in maintaining the safety of the community for the past 10 years.Family and friends attended the meeting to support Garza, giving thanks and recognition for his faithful service. He was presented with framed badges and a plaque, along with a proclamation of gratitude and acknowledgement from State Sen. Eddie Lucio, Jr. which was delivered by former Councilman Sam Listi.After the proclamation and thanks from the City, Garza thanked the City for the opportunity he had been given many years before. He spoke a few words of gratitude, saying, “I have worked and dedicated my life to the City for 30 some years. I wear this uniform with pride everytime I put it on. It has been my honor and my pleasure to represent the City and the citizens for these 30 years.”Want the whole story? Pick up a copy of the Port Isabel-South Padre Press, or subscribe to our E-Edition by clicking here. RelatedHAPPY RETIREMENT: Family celebrate Garza’s 30 years of serviceBy PAMELA CODY Special to the PRESS In this day and age, it is a rare occurrence to enjoy a career in a single profession that spans three decades, but that’s exactly what South Padre Island Assistant Chief of Police Javier Garza accomplished. Garza recently retired from the Island’s police…February 20, 2016In “News”Past mayor honored by pavilion By JASON MIHALICK Former Port Isabel Mayor Quirino Zurita Martinez was honored on Saturday for years of continued hard work and commitment he has given to the City of Port Isabel as a pavilion at Washington Park was dedicated to him. Martinez was in office from 1970-1976 as City…April 12, 2011In “News”Police department recognizes their ownBy JOE R. BOWLING, JR. Tuesday night during the Port Isabel City Commission Meeting four officers were recognized for their efforts as Chief Gualberto Gonzalez handed out awards to Cesar Garcia, Sergeant Javier Vivero, Monica Garza and David Martinez. Each of the four were recognized for doing their part to…February 10, 2011In “News” Share
By ANEEKA SIMONIS A BUILDING that provided shelter to locals during the Ash Wednesday fires in Cockatoo is soon to…[To read the rest of this story Subscribe or Login to the Gazette Access Pass] Thanks for reading the Pakenham Berwick Gazette. Subscribe or Login to read the rest of this content with the Gazette Digital Access Pass subscription.