Topics including Old Town, noise and garbage were on the minds of Port Aransas City Council members at a meeting on Thursday, Jan. 27.
New city board?
The council voted 4-2 to approve the first reading of a measure to create a panel that would advise the council on matters pertaining to Old Town preservation.
Voting yes were Tina Mott, Tim Parke, Joan Holt and Jo Ellyn Krueger. Voting no were Bruce Clark and David Sieloff. Mayor Charles Bujan was absent.
The item must be approved in readings at two future meetings in order to become official.
The matter was brought to the council by council member Jo Ellyn Krueger, who said she wants the Old Town Preservation Advisory Board to help preserve the city’s heritage, according to council agenda paperwork.
Clark questioned what the new board could do that the city’s already existing Planning and Zoning Commission couldn’t do. He also expressed concern that the board might try to recommend that new building restrictions be imposed.
Parsons said the board’s mission could be hammered out in coming weeks, as the matter awaits second and third readings.
No board members have been selected yet.
The council voted 6-0 to approve a third and final reading of a city code amendment requiring short-term rentals (STRs) to put out more garbage toters.
Previously, STR houses only had to have one toter each. With the amendment, any STR with three to five bedrooms must have at least two toters. STRs with six bedrooms or more must have at least three toters.
The council’s move to increase toter requirements came after Port Aransas saw many problems involving overflowing toters at STRs last summer.
Leaving your possessions on the beach and going home (or to your short-term rental) for the night just got to be a little more risky.
The council voted 6-0 to approve a third and final reading of an ordinance amendment that will allow city workers to remove items left overnight on the beach.
Parke, who originally proposed the amendment, has said the idea is to prevent so many shade structures from being left up on the beach overnight. They tend to get blown down and break, and they then become beach debris.
After a busy summer weekend, dozens of bent-up aluminum canopies can be seen lying in the sand. The ordinance amendment can be applied to other items, such as chairs, towels, coolers and more.
Campsites are exempt from the rule.
A second reading of a proposed change to the city’s noise ordinance was approved by a 6-0 vote.
The ordinance currently says the person making the noise complaint needs to be present when a police officer measures the noise level. With the amendment, the complaining party won’t have to be present.
The council voted 6-0 to approve a large special event permit request from Southern Coast Open LLC to conduct the 2022 Palm Fest and Southern Coast Open BBQ Masters Throwdown.
The event is scheduled for May 13 to 15 at Roberts Point Park.
Verdict on Neblett
Duncan Neblett was reappointed yet again to the post of Port Aransas Municipal Court judge.
Neblett said he has been the city’s judge for “42 or 43 years.”
He said he appears now to be the longest-serving city employee. His annual salary is $52,000.