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June 16 Town of Laguna Vista Update
Friday, June 16, 2017

LV Residents and Friends,

This is to provide you a brief update on the upcoming community events and to share information that may be of interest to you.

• Independence Day Parade and Picnic (and Run/Walk) is scheduled for Saturday, July 1. Please read below for additional details on how you can get involved. Register here

• Water and Street Improvements: The Laguna Madre Water District (LMWD), this past Wednesday, awarded a contract for water line improvements to Beach Blvd. After these water line improvements are completed, the Town will be making street improvements to Beach Blvd. At Tuesday’s meeting, the Town Council awarded a contract for street improvements to Orange Lane. Please read below for additional information on these capital projects.

• The police officers are now using digital ticket writers. Read below on how these digital ticket writers are benefitting the community.

On behalf of the Town Council and the Staff, we truly appreciate your interest in YOUR community.

Please let me know if you have any questions. I can be contacted at 943-1793 or at cm@lvtexas.us.

Serving you, I remain

Rolando Vela
City Manager

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Beach Blvd – Water line and Street Improvements
At Wednesday’s meeting, the LMWD Board awarded a contract for the water line improvements on Beach Blvd. This project will commence immediately and should be completed within 120 days. Essentially, the existing 4-inch main water lines, on Beach Blvd, will be upgraded to 8 inches, thus significantly enhancing water pressure in this neighborhood.

Moreover, the Town Council earlier earmarked funds for the reconstruction of Beach Blvd. We will wait until these water line improvements are completed before we initiate these street improvements.

Orange Lane – Street Improvements
At Tuesday’s meeting, the Town Council awarded the contract to G&T Paving, LLC, in the amount of $178,307, for street improvements to Orange Lane from Hibiscus to FM 510. The Town secured a grant funds for this project.

The Town went out for sealed bids in accordance with requirements set forth by the grant agency, Texas Department of Agriculture. As it has done previously, the Town Staff will be administering this grant in-house.

Mayor Pro Tem
At Tuesday’s meeting, the Town Council appointed Council Member Michael Carter to serve as the Mayor Pro Tem. The Mayor Pro Tem acts as Mayor during the absence or disability of the Mayor.

First Reading Ordinances
At Tuesday’s meeting, the Town Council considered the following two ordinances on their first reading:

a. To require 2-car garages for all new single family residential construction.
b. To repeal a 1959 ordinance that permits livestock to exist within the Town limits.

The second reading, and final, reading of these ordinances will be at the July 11 Town Council meeting.

Digital Ticket Writers
Last week, the Laguna Vista Police Department started to use digital ticket writers. These digital ticket writers will enable the Police Officers to spend more time protecting and patrolling and less time in the office as they no longer need to manually enter citations into the system.

The Town Council approved the purchase of these digital ticket writers at a cost of $23,000, which includes four ticket writers, three printers, and the paper for printing, in this year’s budget.

Independence Day Parade and Picnic – and Run/Walk
The Town is excitedly working on the Independence Day Parade and Picnic (and Run/Walk) scheduled for July 1. The parade will be starting at 5:30pm from the Fire Station. Following this Parade, live music, children’s activities and food will be taking place at Roloff Park from 6pm to 10pm.

A. Call for Vendors
The Town is now accepting requests from people who would like to be a vendor at this event.

1. If you are preparing food to sell at this event, you will need to secure a health permit from the county health department. The cost of this one-time permit is $25. Non-profit organization are not charged this fee.
2. The Town does not provide booths. In the event you will need one, the Town can arrange arrangements to secure one for you. You, however, will need to pay for this rental cost of the booth.
3. If you don’t need a booth and would like to sell, the Town will allow you to do so provided that you bring your own tables, extension cords, etc.

The Town is encouraging a variety of foods, crafts, home-made goods.

B. Independence Day Parade
The Independence Day Parade will start at 5:30pm at the Fire Station located on FM 510. We are encouraging the public to participate in this parade. Decorate your golf carts, vehicles, boat/trailers, bikes, etc. with red, white and blue. Dress up also in these patriotic colors. Please be at the Fire Station no later than 5pm.

C. Celebration – Live Music
Following this parade, we will be having a celebration at Roloff Park from 6 to 10pm.
a. Hector Guzman and the Allnighters will be performing.
b. We will be having children’s activities and food.
c. Blankets & lawn chairs are welcome.

This year, we are adding a family-filled Independence Day Run/Walk to this celebration.

D. Independence Day Run/Walk
Additionally, we will be having an Independence Day Run/Walk at 7am. The event will be starting at Roloff Park.
a. We are looking for aid station sponsors that want to provide water and Gatorade.
b. We are encouraging participants to dress up in patriotic colors.
c. This event is free of charge. Register here

Please call the Town at 943-1793 if you would like to be a vendor, to be a sponsor, or simply to get involved. Thank you.

2017 Junes Sales Tax Receipts
The figures below are the Junes sales tax receipts that are based on local sales activity that occurred in April.

Net Payment This Period Comparable Payment Prior Year % Change 2017 Payments To Date 2016 Prior Year Payments To Date % Change
12,198 11,982 1.80% 81,444 79,512 2.42%

We’ve experienced a slight increase this month when compared to the same time last year.

Additionally, I’ve also taken the liberty of pasting a spreadsheet of the sales taxes the Town has received the past four fiscal years:

Month 2016-17 2015-16 2014-15 2013-14
Oct 14,126 13,110 13,544 10,262
Nov 15,667 15,499 15,342 14,762
Dec 13,020 11,553 12,821 11,662
Jan 12,119 10,979 11,421 11,248
Feb 15,904 15,102 14,897 16,957
Mar 12,496 12,402 12,005 11,744
April 12,007 12,555 12,004 11,926
May 16,717 16,490 16,076 15,495
June 12,198 11,982 12,964 11,083
July 12,112 10,952 11,782
Aug 17,607 15,602 14,344
Sept 15,317 14,143 13,633
124,254 166,253 163,693 154,898

As you review the activity for the past three years, you will notice the steady increase in sales tax receipts.

Advisory Board Openings
Interested in serving in one of the Town’s advisory boards? The Town has openings in the following boards:

1. Ad Hoc Charter Committee (7)
2. Ethics Board (1)
3. Library Board (1)
4. CDC Board (3)

If you are interested in being considered, please obtain an application from the City Secretary by calling 943-1793 or by sending an email to adeckard@lvtexas.us to request a copy. The Town appreciates your interest.

Fireworks are Prohibited in Laguna Vista
The Town of Laguna Vista hopes that you are having a fun and safe summer vacation. As the 4th of July weekend is rapidly approaching, we would like to remind our residents that fireworks of any type are not only dangerous, but also illegal within the corporate limits of the Town.

July 4th Safety Tips
The July 4th weekend is the second-most-deadly holiday period of the year – just behind New Year’s – due to impaired driving. Drunk driving is a serious crime. If you're caught we'll place you under arrest. No exceptions. No excuses. Much of the tragedy that comes from impaired-driving related crashes could be prevented if everyone would take a few simple precautions before going out to party this Fourth of July. Always follow these tips for a safer July 4th celebration:
• Whenever you plan on using alcohol, designate your sober driver before going out and give that person your keys;
• If you’re impaired, call a taxi, use mass transit or call a sober friend or family member to get you home safely;
• Promptly report drunk drivers you see on the roadways to law enforcement;
• Wearing your safety belt or using protective gear on your motorcycle is your best defense against an impaired driver;
• And remember, Friends Don’t Let Friends Drive Drunk. If you know someone who is about to drive or ride while impaired, take their keys and help them make other arrangements to get to where they are going safely.
The Laguna Vista Police Department will be in full force the weekend of July 4th.