Police Headquarters Rendering

A rendering of the proposed police headquarters with memorial that city officials released as part of the pre-bond approval process.

New Braunfels City Council members approved negotiating purchases of land tracts for a new police department facility and other routine measures during its Monday meeting.

Mayor Pro Tem Wayne Peters presided over the session, without Mayor Barron Casteel and District 3 Council Member Harry Bowers, which began with proclamations declaring observances of June as National Safety Month and June 16-22 as Garbage Man Week in the city, presented to members of the city’s Solid Waste and Recycling Division.

District 2 Council Member Justin Meadows, joined by wife Brittanie and daughters Hattie and Mylie, was sworn for a second three-year term by 207th District Court Justice Jack Robison.

“I want to thank the community for their support in the May election,” Meadows said. “This is a passion of mine and I really enjoyed the first go-round and am really looking forward to another term.”

Voters on May 4 approved a new police department and Veterans Memorial as part of the city’s $120 million bond. City Manager Robert Camareno said the city’s search for land to construct the facility came down to a pair of tracts at 3030 West San Antonio Street, across from the Comal County Sheriff’s Office and new jail.

“There were two properties that totaled 11.783 acres on San Antonio Street with a back entrance from Katy Street,” he said. “Acquiring these properties gives us more than adequate acreage to construct what is proposed for the police department and other buildings, and ability for future expansion at the location.”

Camareno said the current police facility on Seguin Avenue totals just over 4 acres. He said the city planned to close on the new properties later this week for a combined total of nearly $1.9 million.  

Council issued consent agenda approval of a resolution declaring the city’s intent to reimburse itself for general fund expenditures of up to $4 million for the San Antonio Street tract purchases and begin street improvements approved in the 2019 bond prior to the first issuance of general obligation bonds in August.

“We will also utilize existing cash reserves as part of the expenditure, which will be repaid with the first bond issuance later this year,” Camareno said.

Council members also received presentations on the city’s recycling program, public transit study and a proposal to create a city Workforce Housing Taskforce, which will be revisited during council’s June 24 meeting.

Also Monday, council:

•  Approved second and final readings of ordinances amending city codes on revising methods of fishing and prohibiting the release of non-native aquatic species in into any body of water within city limits; an all-way stop sign at the intersection of Oak Run Parkway and Westpointe Drive; with conditions, a special use permit for a short-term rental property at 343 E. Mill Street; and utility sheds for properties in the 400 block of N. Market Avenue.

•  Postponed until Aug. 12 the second reading of an ordinance to redefine city industrial zoning designations.

•  Approved soliciting competitive sealed proposals for the Common Street Project.

•  Approved the first reading of an ordinance revising calculations of certain residential development fees.

•  Approved a resolution amending sections of Alves Lane and Farm-to-Market Road 1101 in the city’s regional transportation plan.

•  Voted 5-0 to deny the removal of a speed hump on Hunter Road.

•  Approved a request for a conditional sign permit for Freiheit Village, located near the northwest intersection of Creekside Crossing and FM 1101.

For more, visit the city website, www.nbtexas.org.

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