New City Council Members sworn in, get right to work

City Council approves funding for flooding rest­oration, HemisFair park deve­lopments


SAN ANTONIO - San Antonio City Council welcomed and swore in its newest members on Thursday.

Shirley Gonzales of District 5 and Ron Nirenberg of District 8, took their seats just days after winning their runoff elections on Saturday. Gonzales replaced David Medina, and Nirenberg replaced Reed Williams.

Current council members gave praise to the upcoming council members and bid fond farewells to Medina and Williams.

The new council members got straight to work following their swear-in.

Thursday's City Council session included updates on the flood restoration projects underway and the redevelopment of HemisFair Park.

City Council approved more than $3 million dollars in additional funding after the Memorial Day weekend flooding.

Majed Al-Ghafry, the director of public works, provided a scope of the damage and what it would cost to get flood restoration projects underway, meanwhile, requesting increased funding for repair projects.

The department had identified 135 infrastructure and park repairs, totaling about $3.75 million dollars.

Council approved two ordinances for increased funding for the repairs, as well as extending a construction contract with J3 Excavation Company, LLC, for another year.

District One Councilman Diego Bernal said he's glad the money is being spread out.

"Oh it's not just cleanup, it is repair," said Bernal. "In fact some of the money is for problem areas that have been giving us a hard time for a while and that the flood really exacerbated. So, hopefully, some of that money will go to that also."

Later, leaders of the HemisFair Park Play Escape Project spoke, negotiating several ordinances for design and construction funding.

City Council approved more than $5.9 million dollars in ordinances to improve features of the HemisFair Park, historic homes restoration and the Magik Theatre restoration project.


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