Municipal court office may move
City Manager Kent Myers informed the mayor and city council members of the possible relocation of the city’s municipal court offices at Monday night’s Fredericksburg City Council meeting at the Law Enforcement Center.
Myers said county officials have held discussions with the mayor and city officials about the office, currently housed in the Gillespie County Courthouse Annex 1 at 125 W. Main St.
“The county is adding a couple of new JP’s (Justices of the Peace) this year and they have indicated they need additional space in the annex building where the court is located,” Myers said.
The possible move will continue to be discussed, and a final decision has not yet been made.
Myers also shared that the Community Visioning Committee is working toward finalizing their report. A draft will be available toward the end of summer.
Myers announced that over 400 people attended last week’s Fredericksburg Relief Route Open House.
“We had just an outstanding turnout. We were kind of overwhelmed by the interest in the relief route,” Myers said. “We will continue to accept public comments. The first step was good and positive, as far as citizen involvement.”
Hazard Mitigation Plan
Every few years, counties and cities work together to create a hazard mitigation plan, as required to apply for hazard mitigation grants that are approved by the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA).
These plans are used to help identify risks and potential vulnerabilities associated with natural disasters. Cities and counties are tasked by FEMA to develop strategies to help protect people and properties from hazardous events.
For example, radios could be purchased that would allow warnings to be reached to schools and church buildings that are hosting people in shelters.
“The next phase is to go and implement it and do the things we said we would do. Though, it is not a legal requirement to do any of those things,” said Dave Wisniewski, fire marshal. “It is simply saying to FEMA, we looked at our community, we have identified things that could help us and we will do them as we can.”
The council approved the mitigation plan, and it will be valid through the year 2022.
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