San Antonio: This Week In City Government

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Mission Concepcion, courtesy of the San Antonio Missions National Historical Park. There’s a lot of interesting soon-to-be news happening on the local government level this week. In several meetings, council members will discuss everything from a resolution aimed at achieving World Heritage designation for the Spanish Missions to a police presentation summing up the department’s trial run with body cameras. Follow this link to take a look at this week’s meetings and agendas. On Wednesday, the Public Safety Committee will meet at 11 a.m. where San Antonio police chief William McManus will report back to committee members on its six-month body-camera pilot program. During a recent budget meeting, McManus told the committee that the pilot program was nearing completion, but didn’t provide any specifics—only saying that nationally, police are trending toward using the cameras, though he still had concerns. Another potential policy change that would affect all San Anto residents is a proposed ban on driving while talking on the phone, which would include a fine of up to 200 smackers. The Public Safety Committee could approve moving the proposed amendment to the full City Council. But perhaps to coolest item council members will consider, is an ongoing effort to get the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) to designate the San Antonio Missions as a World Heritage Site. As part of the effort to help secure the designation, City Council members will vote on whether to create four Mission Protection Overlay zoning districts, which would provide additional building and code requirements around Missions Concepcion, San Jose, San Juan and Espada. There are more than 1,000 World Heritage Sites, none of which are in Texas. According to a resolution of support for the San Antonio Mission’s nomination as a World Heritage Site, the United States Department of Interior has forwarded the nomination to the World Heritage Committee for consideration in 2015. San Antonio's a world-class city so why shouldn't it have Texas' first World Heritage Site? City Council will vote on that effort and much more Thursday. In the meantime, here's a draft of the resolution of support for the nomination:

Draft Resolution (1) (1)

 

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