Hearne Council looks to reopen vehicle registration office

The Hearne City Council met in regular session on Tuesday, January 21 to do a little house keeping and meet is special session regarding property issues.
The Council, acting on the Hearne Planning and Zoning recommendation, approved the minutes from the P&Z meeting and denied Victor Pierce’s request to open a BBQ place at 2005 S. San Gabrriel in Hearne. The lot currently is zoned residential and Pierce had asked to have the lot rezoned commercial. As Pierce is not the owner of the lot and upon investigation by the P&Z a number of family members in fact own the lot, an agreement could not be reached among the family members to allow for the BBQ place. The P&Z denied the rezoning and the City Council passed a motion to deny the BBQ place on that recommendation.
The City will go ahead with a resolution to present to the Robertson County Commissioner’s Court to encourage the county to reopen the Vehicle Registration sub-station in Hearne. The City of Hearne has in the past provided the location and paid the utilities while the County has provided the personnel to man the office. The City of Hearne would like to see this service restored to the community. The sub-station also served as a closer location for residents in Calvert, however at the Calvert City Council meeting their proposed resolution was tabled.
Star-Tex Propane is a title signature away from setting up shop in Hearne. The two acres of land has been sold by the City to allow this new business a viable location. Though Star-Tex will have to wait for the paperwork to break ground, City Manager Drake informed the council that the deal was almost complete.
The council took care of a bit of light work before entering into closed session by updating city code to the latest codebook requirements. Current projects will complete under the previous codebooks but new projects will need to comply with the 2012 Plumbing Code, 2012 Fire Code, 2012 Building Code and the 2011 Electrical Code books. These books outline the latest laws and requirements for contractors in Hearne.
Closed session yielded a plan for the City to acquire a necessary building to be included in the convention center building plan. The council agreed to go ahead with the plan, which will be outlined in future council meetings.
Mayor Ruben Gomez on behalf of the Hearne City Council accepts this plaque in recognition from the Blackshear renovation group. Dr. William Foster presented the plaque at the close of council.
Three weeks on the job, new Hearne officer Aaron Denton was introduced to the council by Hearne officer Chris Witzel.

Dennis Phillips \ Publisher \ Robertson County News

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