by BRAD ROLLINS
Officers will stand guard at future town hall meetings about a controversial multimillion development near Sessom Creek after police received a tip that opponents of the project plan to stage disturbances of public forums.
“We have received some information that there are some people who are going to try to disrupt the meetings and we are planning on having some presence to make sure everything stays quiet and peaceful,” San Marcos Police Chief Howard E. Williams told the San Marcos Mercury.
Williams would not go into detail about information law enforcement has received except to say it was reported by an informant who “said they were concerned that someone might get hurt” in the course of attempts to disturb the meetings.
“We’re just working on that little bit of information and want to take steps to make sure nothing happens,” Williams said.
Williams said he called another city department head this morning to relate the warning when he was told about some sort of disturbance at a community meeting held Monday night at the Dunbar Center.
A man was reportedly forced out of the meeting by bystanders after angrily confronting real estate broker Carter Morris, who was conducting the meeting.
San Antonio developer Darren Casey wants to build a 419-unit luxury apartment and shopping development on 14.3 acres across Sessom Drive from Texas State University. The tract overlooks Sessoms Creek which feeds into the spring fed San Marcos River headwaters at Spring Lake.
Morris said a handful of the 50 people or so at the meeting were vocally and emotionally in opposition to the project but that one man in particular got in his face in an attempt to provoke a physical fight.
“At numerous occasions during the meeting it did become hostile,” Morris said.
“Our goal is to build a development like nothing that has been seen in San Marcos and we also want to go above and beyond in terms of transparency. We are having these meetings because we want to work with everyone affected by this to build the best project that we can build,” Morris said.
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