Connie Gonzalez reports...
Due to oil field production, San Angelo continues to flourish expanding our population greatly...
City Manager, Daniel Valenzuela, attended the West Texas Consortium Inaugural Conference in Big Spring Tuesday; discussing how to deal with this influx, and where all these new faces are going to live during their short-term stay.
"Our responsibility as Mayor and City Council and as City Staff is to control the growth of these things, control where they are so that we can keep a handle on them," San Angelo Mayor Dwain Morrison said.
During Tuesday's City Council meeting, members approved a 90-day ordinance holding any applications for RV or trailer parks within the city limits.
"It will give us enough time that we can make some conclusive decisions."
Mayor Morrison says providing a designated place for the oil field workers and their families to live may be a beneficial solution.
"Personally I would like to see a partnership and place these camps in our industrial park. There's plenty of room out there. The infrastructure is there, the water, the sewer. It's undeveloped; we're not using it."
Morrison says, these private entities will develop and maintain the designated area suitable for a RV or trailer park.
"When the "bust" that follows the "boom" comes then they can pick it up and move it out [...] and we get tax money out of this [...] if they put these all around the city and not in the City of San Angelo, then the City of San Angelo gets nothing."