Update for September 11, 2014
Castroville council takes steps to annex land for runway extension
By William Hoover
Castroville City Council on Aug. 12 authorized city staff to set public hearings and prepare an ordinance to annex nearly 30 acres of land the city purchased to extend the runway of Castroville Municipal Airport to 5,000 feet in length. The city’s and Federal Aviation Administration’s runway extension project would accommodate the landing and housing of corporate jets at the airport and potentially increase the local tax base.
“In May, the city, under the auspices of the FAA, purchased 29.61 acres in two parcels at the airport to extend our runway,” said City Administrator Mark Roath of the land purchased from Marshall and Kathy Persyn and from Henry Keller.
“Because it is now our property, the city administration is bringing to council our desire to proceed with the potential annexation of this property to the city,” added Roath. “State statute allows us to do that even though the land is not connected to the city because airports are supposed to be outside the city.”
Another requirement of the state statute is to hold two public hearings on the proposed annexation, according to Roath.
“We would like to come back to council for the possible dates for the hearings,” he said. “In the meantime, we will draft an ordinance to annex those tracts into the city and make them a part of the airport.”
District 4 Councilman Eric Cherry asked how many acre-feet of water rights tied to the purchase could be added to the city’s water supply.
“Around 28 acre-feet,” said Roath. “But we have to wait two years before those rights become unrestricted.”
Cherry offered the motion to authorize staff to set public hearings and prepare the ordinance annexing the purchased land. The motion passed unanimously after a second from District 4 Councilman Jeff Gardner.
In other business, council unanimously approved a request from Kerry McIntire Cortez to waive around $360 in fees for a benefit concert held in Regional Park Amphitheater on Aug. 9. The concert was sponsored by the Children’s Organ Transplant Association to benefit transplant recipient Dolan Cortez.
Dolan was born in January 2012 and received a life saving liver transplant in November of that year. All proceeds from the concert will go into a COTA account to help pay for Dolan’s transplant-related medical expenses not covered by insurance.
• The next regular Castroville City Council meeting will be Tuesday, Aug. 26, at 6 p.m. in city hall. The meeting is open to the public.
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