Town Hall part II

More on last Monday’s Town Hall meeting that took place at the historic Lampasas Hostess House.

We went over the problem with the burgeoning urban deer population in Tuesday’s gram. The outcome of that was that everyone agreed it was a problem. City Manager Finley deGraffenried  says the Council will go over what they heard and what to do about it in a Council Workshop next Monday at 5:30pm.

The other subjects were (1) a perceived problem with RVs, boats and other trailers parked on city streets in front of the owner’s residences, and (2) livestock being kept in the city.

Police Chief Sammy Bailey said that within city limits there are 178 registered boats, 67 motor homes, and 305 travel trailers.  Not listed are utility (work) trailers, often used as storage.  Most cities the size of Lampasas have ordinances regulating street storage/parking.  Chief Bailey detailed some of the problems:

Safety:  RVs and trailers compress the width of roadway, often to a single lane, and even inhibit the passage of emergency vehicles.  They can block line-of-sight at intersections and drivers have to enter the intersection to see around them.  Children at play and riding bicycles become less visible.

Aesthetics:  Homeowners complain to the city where RVs and trailers are stored on the street and it raises tensions between neighbors.  This becomes particularly aggravated where one person’s RV or trailer is parked, not illegally, in front of a neighbor’s house.

Delivery of Services:  Mail will not be delivered to a mailbox blocked by a vehicle. 

At present, there is no ordinance regulating vehicle storage on the street. There is only an ordinance regulating abandoned vehicles.

It is possible that an ordinance regulating vehicle on-the-street storage will be proposed to the City Council. A 72-hour parking limit may be allowed for loading and unloading RVs and trailers, and special permits may be issued where utility trailers can be left in place at construction sites.

Livestock in Lampasas

Issues surrounding livestock within the City are not so clearly delineated as with vehicle parking and may be even more emotionally loaded.  The distinction between livestock and domestic pets is open to interpretation, and there is the issue of grandfathering, etc.  

Regulations inside the City usually fall within municipal and health codes and get enforced where there are complaints.  These usually stem from issues such as animals at large, damage to property, loud animals (roosters or barking dogs), bad smell, animal attacks, etc.

Once again, all of these issues may be considered during a workshop on Monday, Sept. 24th.