Stop signs and roadblocks

Commissioners deny request to re-open road

Kimberly Rubio

Staff writer

The second request made by Uvalde County resident Julia Rodriguez to reverse a September of 2016 decision by Uvalde County Commissioners to abandon County Road 429D was not granted.

The request was presented Monday during a meeting of Uvalde County Commissioners.

The road was abandoned after Rodriguez’s neighbor, Lena “Marina” Garcia, requested the road be closed to circumvent the issue of people dumping garbage on the property. Commissioners approved the request, by a 4-0 vote, on Sept. 26, 2016.

In February, however, Rodriguez said Garcia had been attempting to prevent her from accessing the road, which is her sole access to U.S. Highway 83.

The roadway is an easement per property deeds, thus, legally, neighbors are still permitted to travel the road to go to and from their homes.

Rodriguez said Garcia has erected road blocks, including rocks, beer bottles and vehicles to hinder travel and has also left vulgar and aggressive voicemails.

Rodriguez reported the issues to the Uvalde County Sheriff’s Office in late January but was told the issue is a property dispute, which is a civil matter.

Uvalde County Judge Bill Mitchell said a legal notice was posted twice and three letters were mailed to nearby residents, but Rodriguez said she never received a letter.

Commissioner Raul Flores said Rodriguez’s only options were to work out any issues with Garcia or pursue a civil case against her neighbor.

Flores also asked Rodriguez to provide photo or video evidence of the alleged road blocks.

Rodriguez said she was prepared to show a video depicting both the road blocks and a subsequent interaction with Garcia, but commissioners declined to view the material during court. They instead asked her to gather all evidence and submit it to commissioners at a later date.

Garcia, who was present for the start of the 10 a.m. meeting, left during the discussion stating that she had heard enough. Garcia said she has allowed Rodriguez access to the easement and has never used vulgar language or engaged in aggressive behavior with Rodriguez.

Other business

Uvalde County voter administrator Melissa Jones gave an outline regarding a public hearing, which was held Tuesday at the Uvalde County Event Center at the Fairplex. The meeting was held to gather citizen input on electronic voting. Please see the related story in today’s newspaper.

Commissioners also met in closed session to discuss the lawsuit between the Uvalde County Appraisal District and its delinquent tax collection attorney Albert M. Walker Jr., but no action was taken when commissioners reconvened.

The meeting was held in honor of Dewey S. Carlisle, Patricia Dorflinger, Cindy Honaker, Esta Pennington, Maria D. Ramirez, Judith A. Turner, Conrado G. Ybarra, Charles W. “Charlie” Carter, John C. Cummings, Estella C. De La Garza, Bennie M. Gomez, William “Willis” Huddleston, Jesus Rodriguez, Maria Asencion Del Toro, C.R. “Mr. Mac” Mcfarland, Isidro T. Gonzales and Neva Joyce Davis.

krubio@ulnnow.com, 830-278-3335



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