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April 6th, 2009
Notebook: Council Meeting 04/07/09

Tuesday, April 7, 2009 at City Hall, 630 E. Hopkins | Schedule: 5:30 p.m. Proclamations; 6 p.m. Workshop; 7 p.m. Regular meeting

Changes to ‘host responsibility’ ordinance

The city council will consider amendments to the “host responsibility” ordinance which addresses parties in residential areas. The changes are intended to make guests at a gathering responsible for their own actions and give a more specific definition of what constitutes an “unreasonable noise.” The suggested amendments to the ordinance define “unreasonable noise,” and identify factors that officers should consider when determining if noise is unreasonable. The proposal also defines “unruly gathering,” authorizes police officers to disperse an unruly gathering, makes it unlawful to own or maintain an “unruly gathering place,” and prohibits guests from causing a party to become unruly.

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Summary of proposed changes [pdf]

Text of host responsibility ordinance, changes [pdf]

Landscape irrigation standards

The city council will consider an ordinance to update the rules for irrigation systems to comply with state laws and rules adopted in January 2009 by the Texas Commission on Environmental Quality. In 2007, the Texas Legislature amended Chapter 401 of the Texas Local Government Code to require a city with a population of 20,000 or more to regulate the installation of irrigations systems within the city’s corporate limits as well as its extraterritorial jurisdiction. Properly installed irrigation systems can conserve water by avoiding wasteful use.

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Text of irrigation systems regulations, changes [pdf]

Honors and proclamations

Mayor Susan Narvaiz and the city council will honor the championship Diamond Line Dance Team from San Marcos High School and present proclamations for Fair Housing Month, the Teen Parenting Program at SMHS, and A+ Federal Credit Union. Proclamations are presented at 5:30 p.m.

Workshop on capital improvement program

The city council will hold a workshop to discuss the City’s Capital Improvement Program (CIP) of major infrastructure projects and discuss the Community Development Block Grant Program for the coming year. The workshop starts at 6 p.m.

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