Local EMS board approves financing for two ambulance units,big changes coming in October

By Anton Riecher and Kayleen Holder
The Medina County Emergency Services District No. 4 Board of Trustees voted unanimously Feb. 6th to finance the purchase of two additional ambulances through Southlake, TX-based Government Capital Corp., a public sector financial services firm with a goal of the local entity running its own ambulance service for the Devine and Natalia area (like the ESD did many years ago). The current contract with the for-profit…

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Natalia Council discusses concerns of hazardous material being burned, votes for flat fee to rent ballpark

By: Victoria Arredondo
Staff Writer

A Natalia City Council member raised concerns of hazardous material being burned in town.
“The last few months, there’s some major burning in the city. I got some calls on it saying that a few people are burning copper wire and all kinds of stuff in a pit in town,” council member Darin Frazier said at the council meeting Jan. 22. “They were written up apparently multiple times — I got like 15…

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Updated Property Tax Info Now Available for 2024

New and updated property tax information has just been compiled by Medina County Appraisal District and is available now to assist taxpayers. This property tax information is current and covers a wide range of topics, such as taxpayer remedies, exemptions and appraisals, and has information for select groups, such as disabled veterans and persons age 65 or older.

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Appraisal district applies budget surplus to HQ building fund

By Anton Riecher
With two new members taking office, the Medina County Appraisal District board of directors voted Jan. 9 to apply the majority of a $114,000 budget surplus to the building fund for a proposed new headquarters building.
On a motion by board member Jody Jacobs, seconded by new vice chairperson Kyla Burrell, the board voted 4-0 to apply $84,000 of the surplus to the building fund.
“If we’re going to get that project done I think…

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Medina County addresses important issues

By Anton Riecher
Board members for two Devine-based emergency services districts were officially appointed to new two-year terms Jan. 8 during a regular session of the Medina County Commissioners’ Court in Hondo.
At Medina County Emergency Services District No. 2, governing finances for the Devine Fire Department, Kenneth Nighswander of Natalia was named to the five-member board of trustees on a motion by Precinct 4 Commissioner Danny Lawler, seconded by Precinct 1 Commissioner Jessica Castiglione. The vote to…

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County accepts $46K “fog seal” donation to try on roads

In other business, the commissioners voted to accept a donation of fog seal totaling $46,738 to demonstrate its effectiveness in road building. Fog seal is an application of a specially formulated asphalt emulsion to an existing asphalt pavement surface.
Castiglione said that one of the worst things for the base structure of roadways is penetration by water.
“Fog seal can extend the life of the seal coat…

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