At Tuesday’s City Council meeting, members voted to approve: a $3.6 million contract for the annual sealcoating street project, a state hunting program on the land around Twin Buttes and rezoning to allow for a new fast food restaurant on Knickerbocker.
Sealcoating is the process of sealing cracks and fissures in the pavement to prevent water from seeping into the cracks on the roads and causing failure of the base material through applying a thin layer of liquid asphalt overlaid with a layer of coated rock. City streets receive an annual preventative treatment, which is part of an eight-year comprehensive street maintenance plan. Ronald R. Wagner & Co., L.P., the same company as 2015’s project, will be performing the yearly street maintenance beginning in September.
Council adopted a resolution to authorized the City manager to enter into a memorandum of understanding with the Bureau of Reclamation and Texas Parks and Wildlife Department for the creation and management of public hunting lands at Twin Buttes Reservoir. The memorandum allows TPWD to manage the public hunting lands program. In that program the state, manages the property to promote hunting and improve wildlife habitat. San Angelo will now be marketed across the state as a new hunting location through a publication that goes out to all permitted hunters.
Access to the area around Twin Buttes would be provided by two types of permits. One permit would be a $48 annual public hunting permit that would allow full access to hunting, fishing, camping and hiking. The second would be a $12 limited public use permit that would allow for all recreational activities except hunting. TPWD would use the fees to administer the program.
All-terrain vehicles will not be allowed as a recreational activity. The land around Twin Buttes is owned by the National Bureau of Reclamation. The city has maintained an agreement to lease the land from the bureau for more than 50 years. Federal laws apply to the land, thus ATVs are not allowed on the property.
A zoning change was approved in the meeting to allow for a new Chick-Fil-A location at the corner of Knickerbocker Road and South Jackson Street.