October 2019 City of Devine departmental reports

The following departmental reports for October 2019 were included in Council packets at the Regular Devine City Council meeting held November 19, 2019. No meeting was held in December 2019.
In October, the City 14,404,000 gallons of water were pumped from the Edwards Aquifer and 2,563,000 gallons were pumped from the Carrizo Aquifer for a total of 16,967,000 gallons.
To date, the City had pumped 125,178,000 gallons of water from the Edwards Aquifer, or 384.15 acre feet of its allotted 911.730 acre feet.
In October 2018, the City pumped 7,495,000 gallons of water from the Edwards Aquifer and 5,660,000 gallons from the Carrizo Aquifer for a total of 13,155,000.
Public Works
Two-hundred and twenty-one work orders were issued in October, including 131 in the water department, 18 in the street department, eight at City Hall, six at the police department, five at the George S. Woods Community Center, two at the golf course, and one each at Hester Park, the park restroom, the airport, and the sewer department.
There were also 30 line spots and 16 after-hours calls.
Police Department
Officers worked a total of 1,661.53 hours in October, including 118.23 hours of overtime by non-salary officers.
A total of 473 calls were handled by dispatch. Other agencies assisted Devine PD eight times, while Devine officers assisted other agencies 30 times, including six hours and 25 minutes on eight calls outside of City limits.
Seventeen arrests were made and 86 citations were issued.
Four citations were for non-traffic violations, including three for public intoxication and one City Ordinance violation – burning inside the City limits.

The other 82 citations were for traffic violations, including 16 each for speeding and expired motor vehicle registration; nine for driving while license invalid; eight for failure to maintain financial responsibility; seven for failure to dim headlights; five for disregarding a stop sign; four for no valid driver’s license; three for disregarding a red light; two each for expired driver’s license, failure to display driver’s license, failure to change address on driver’s license, and obstruction of driver’s view; and one each for operating a vehicle without a license plate, failure to signal a lane change, failure to yield right of way, passing an emergency vehicle, speeding in a school zone, and child seat violation 0-8 years of age.
The 17 arrests including nine for driving while license invalid; three for drunkenness; two for burglary; and one each for unauthorized use, possession of drugs, and assault – family violence.
Municipal Court
A total of 453 traffic cases were on the docket in October. Sixty-three cases were disposed, and 31 were placed on inactive status. A total of 1,531 cases remained pending at the end of the month, including 359 active cases and 1,172 inactive cases.
A total of 364 non-traffic cases were on the docket. Thirty-three cases were disposed, and 19 were placed on inactive status. A total of 1,110 cases remained pending at the end of the month, including 312 active cases and 798 inactive cases.
Three civil cases remained pending, and one transportation code case was filed in juvenile court.
Thirty-seven arrest warrants were issued for Class C misdemeanors, and one for a felony. Seven capiases pro fine were issued.
Driscoll Public Library
A total of 1,799 library materials were checked out in October. Public access computers were used 458 times.
Thirteen new library accounts were opened, and 16 additional library cards were issued, and 115 patrons attended programs and classes.
Library staff comments included the ongoing success of computer classes and the trend of higher public access computer usage, as well as continued requests from patrons to restore Wi-fi availability.
By Marly Davis
Staff Writer