July City Council reports

The following reports were included in Devine City Council packets at the Regular meeting on August 15.
In July, 16,940,000 gallons of water were pumped from the Edwards Aquifer and 6,864,000 gallons were pumped from the Carrizo Aquifer for a total of 84,912,000 gallons. Through July, 260.58 acre feet of the City’s allotted amount of 911.730 acre feet had been used.
In July 2016, 10,397,000 gallons were pumped from the Edwards and 9.063,000 were pumped from the Carrizo for a total of 19,460,000 gallons.
Dispatch handled 556 calls in July, and officers issued 195 warnings, 141 tickets, and made 39 arrests. Other agencies assisted Devine PD 16 times, and Devine officers assisted other agencies 47 times, including over 15 hours spent on 16 calls outside of City limits. The nine non-salary officers worked a total of 43.20 hours of overtime.
Citations were issued for the following traffic violations: 37 for disregarding a red light; 16 for defective stop lamps; 14 for no valid driver’s license; 10 for driving while license invalid; seven for expired motor vehicle registration; six each for parking violations and failure to change address on driver’s license; four each for operating an unregistered motor vehicle, failure to maintain financial responsibility, and failure to dim lights; two apiece for disregarding a stop sign, failure to control speed, failure to yield right of way when turning left, and obstruction of driver’s view; and one each for expired driver’s license, failure to display driver’s license, failure to stop at the proper place, improperly standing vehicle, failure to signal lane change, possession of alcohol in a motor vehicle, defective tail lamps, passing an emergency vehicle, impeding traffic by driving too slow, and unrestrained child – eight years old to 17 years old.
Citations issued for non-traffic violations included nine for possession of drug paraphernalia, four for theft less than $100, three for violation of City ordinance – running at large, and one for public intoxication.
The 39 arrests included 10 for driving while license invalid, nine each for possession of drugs and possession of drug paraphernalia, four for theft, and one each for criminal trespass, possession of an alcoholic beverage in a motor vehicle, reckless driving, drunkenness, DWI/DUI minor, unlawful carrying of a weapon, and evading arrest.
Municipal Court
A total of 1,067 traffic and 529 non-traffic cases were pending in the beginning of July, and a total of 908 traffic and 529 non-traffic cases were on the docket. Seventy-three traffic and 21 non-traffic cases were disposed, and 77 traffic and 64 non-traffic cases were placed on inactive status. A total of 1,113 traffic and 938 non-traffic cases were pending at the end of the month. Two civil cases also remained pending, and three juvenile transportation code cases were filed. Arrest warrants were issued on 88 Class C misdemeanors and one felony.
A total of $12,034.97 in fines and court costs were collected, of which $8,265.13 was kept by the City, and $3,769.84 was remitted to the state.
Public Works
One-hundred and fifty eight work orders were issued in July, including 104 in the water department, 19 line spot, 10 at City Hall, six after hours and in the sewer department, five each in the street department and at the George S. Woods Community Center, two at the police department, and one at the Devine Municipal Airport. Of those, 156 were completed.
Animal Control
Animal Control officers handled two possums in traps, captured a snake inside a house, and captured and released a copperhead snake. Two tickets were issued, one animal bite was reported, six animals were returned to their owners, and one fine of $100 was paid. Fifteen cats and 11 dogs were euthanized, and seven animals were adopted.
Driscoll Public Library
In July, 2,227 library materials were checked out, 23 new library accounts were opened, and 45 additional library cards were issued. Public access computers were used 554 times, and 376 patrons attended programs and classes.
By Marly Davis
Staff Writer