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Council basks in success of Bootfest

Nov. 1, 2011 at 6:01 a.m.

In other business the council:

Transferred 16 firefighting coats and 10 pants no longer useable, from the Victoria Fire Department to the Victoria College Fire Academy.

Approved purchase of 12 Self-Contained breathing apparatus, 34 bottles and two Rapid Intervention Packs, and one Scott Field Level Service Class under the Interlocal Operation Agreement between Victoria and Fort Worth.

Approved the purchase of five 2012 Chevrolet Impala police package cars from Caldwell Country Chevrolet of Caldwell through the Local Government Purchasing Cooperative, for $20,727 each.

Approved a resolution authorizing the city manager to execute agreements with The Salvation Army, regarding a Public Facilities Improvement Program, for $11,818.73, and an eviction prevention assistance program in the amount of $12,000.

Passed a resolution approving the Victoria Sales Tax Development Corporation programs and expenditures for the Fiscal Year 2011-12.

Approved the purchase of a pumper truck for the fire department for $436,000.

Government entities basking in triumph during their meetings may not be an everyday event.

Tuesday, however, was an exception as the Victoria City Council paused to celebrate the success of the Oct. 21-22 Bootfest.

Other items that came in for attention - the council's intent to take full control of the Riverside Stadium, and the issue of the rules that tow trucks must live with - were among other major issues.

The most upbeat was the Bootfest returns. The council and onlookers, clearly enjoyed the numbers. Total crowd estimate for the two days was 20,000 to 23,000.

Mayor Will Armstrong spared no kudos, saluting the staff for "an incredible job."

District 6 Councilman Tom Halepaska, once a less-than-enthusiast about the Bootfest, recanted. "I had reservations, but I was blown away."

On another point, the ongoing sparks between the city and the Friends of Victoria Baseball over the operation of Riverside Stadium came before the council. Despite the efforts of Friends seeking to gain a word, and more, as to the future of Riverside, Armstrong underlined the city's primacy over the stadium's present and its future.

By any standard, however, the most dramatic moment of the meeting came when Jennifer Ruteria Lopez, the woman who for months has sought help from the city and other entities since her home's plumbing has failed.

When she sought city help, she said, it was not forthcoming. "I don't want anything like that to happen to anyone else."

Members made no commitments, but most appeared empathic.



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