First, I want to wish all the citizens of Marion, Seguin, Guadalupe County, state of Texas and our nation a very happy and safe Fourth of July celebration. Isn’t it wonderful to be able to grow up and live in this great nation of ours with all the liberties that we are afforded?

Council Meeting

I made it through my first full month and council meeting as mayor, and it has been an eye-opening experience. I figured it would be filled with a few meetings like I am used to, but there is so much more to learn and comprehend from the city side of business. I know I am up to the challenge and will be using my experiences from previous local and state boards that I was a part of.

I attended my first Guadalupe County mayors meeting in the city of Staples. It is great to see that the mayors get together with the county judge to talk about our respective cities. I also attended the Texas Municipal League’s 2019 Legislative wrap-up conference held in Austin. They supplied a 125-page document with all the bills and vetoes from our last legislative session that will directly influence our cities.

By attending events like these, I can garner information to help me do my job to the best of my abilities. I also believe the more information that I can accumulate and pass on to the Marion council team, the better informed they will be to make those hard decisions for the betterment of our community.

In our first meeting, one of the motions we passed was accepting the operations and maintenance for the 14 street lights for downtown Marion. We were able to acquire these beautiful historic-looking lights through the hard work from the grants committee, the Marion Economic Development Committee and a Power-up Grant from GVEC. Thank you to all that were involved for your hard work on this momentous project and seeing it come to fruition.

Community happenings

Preparations are being made for the 83rd Annual Sausage supper that is on Aug. 3 and will start off with a parade. If you would like to enter your float in the parade, contact the Marion Chamber of Commerce.

Since I have taken on this role as mayor, our yearly travel adventures will be just occasional weekend trips exploring Texas and trying to find those hidden gems.

Victor Contreras is the mayor of the city of Marion and writes a monthly column which appears every first Thursday.

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