MAYOR SALVADOR VELA
Salvador Vela retired from the Texas Department of Transportation after 33 years of service. He currently operates 2 small businesses in Alton with his family. Mr. Vela was first elected as City Alderman from 1978 through 1990 and Mayor from 1990 to present. He has lead the development of Alton from a set of colonias to a small city, bringing all the amenities of city life to the residents of Alton. Mayor Vela is especially proud to provide city residents with first time sanitary sewer service.
MAYOR PRO TEM ARTURO GALVAN JR.
Mr. Galvan is currently employed as a Respiratory Therapist. He has participated all his life, in the family run Arturo’s Grocery Store in Alton, which existed prior to the city being incorporated in 1978. Mr. Galvan has served on the City Commission since first elected in 1989 and is recognized by his peers with his current designation as Mayor Pro Tem. His family background in public service lead to his desire to serve on the City Commission. For several years he was assigned to oversee the public safety department in where he has maintained his passion and concern for public safety issues.
COMMISSIONER RICARDO GARZA
Commissioner Ricardo Garza, was born, and raised in Alton Texas, he attended Alton Elementary, Mission Junior High School and is a Mission High School graduate. He has been married for 29 years and has two children. He graduated from the University of Texas Pan American with an associate’s degree in physical therapy. As a licensed Physical Therapist Assistant for over 30 years, he has provided therapy services for the Rio Grande Valley. He has been a commissioner for the great city of Alton since 1993. He serves as the President of the City of Alton Development Corporation, a President for the Alton Lions Club and a Vice-President for the Mission CISD Education Foundation. He has been a member of the San Martin De Porres Church all his life and has served in the music ministry as a leader in the church choir for 35 years. He sees Alton as an emerging and thriving city that is beneficial for new families to raise their children. Mr. Garza sees the future of Alton as a city full of economic prosperity. He is proud to serve and be a part of the Alton City Commission.
COMMISSIONER RICHARD AREVALO
Mr. Arevalo has been employed by the Texas Department of Motor Vehicles as an Administrative Technician for 23 years. Since first elected in 2008, he has served as Commissioner Place 3 on the City Commission. He is an active member of the Alton Development Corporation. He has also contributed his time to the city and our community by being a member of San Martin de Porres Parish for 17 years. His contribution also includes being a member of the Knights of Columbus for 15 years, youth leader for the St. Michaels Columbian Squires for 14 years and member of the Alton International Lions.
COMMISSIONER EMILIO CANTU JR.
Mr. Cantu is employed by Buckner International as a STAR Program Case Manager, where he aids in transforming the lives of children in the Rio Grande Valley by providing interventions that help build stronger relationships and families. Since first elected in 2008, Mr. Cantu has served on the City Commission as Commissioner Place 4. He is an active member of the Greater Alton Chamber of Commerce and has been an active participant of the Alton Lions Club for 12 years, where he serves as Treasurer. Mr. Cantu has been involved in the Alton Youth Club activities for 17 years.
Regular meetings of the Alton City Commission are held on the 2nd and 4th Tuesdays of the month at 7:30 p.m. in the Commission Chambers, located at 509 S Alton Blvd. Alton Texas. Commission meeting agendas are generally posted on Friday afternoons before each regularly scheduled Tuesday meeting.
The Alton City Commission meetings are available to all persons regardless of disability. If you require special assistance, please contact the City Secretary at 432-0760 at least 48 hours in advance of the meeting.
City Secretary: Baudelia Rojas CPM|TRMC, CMC
Phone: (956) 432-0760
Email: [email protected]
Planning & Zoning Commission
The City of Alton City Commission acts as the Planning and Zoning Commission. They are responsible for long term, comprehensive planning, having the ability to put some foresight into planning and development decisions. The Commission makes a final decision on applications for site plans and subdivisions.
Building Standards & Review Board
The Building Standards & Reveiw Board (BSRB) is composed of seven appointed citizens (two being alternates) and has the power to hear and decide cases, which interpret provisions of the zoning ordinance. This board sits as a judicial body a citizen court in zoning matters. Unlike the Planning and Zoning Commission, this board is not a recommending body. Its decisions are final, subject only to review by the courts. Members are considered to be officers of the City of Alton, Texas.
The Building Standards & Review Board decides on applications for special exceptions of land use and authorizes variances of land use or development authorized under the zoning ordinance.
THE BOARD HAS THREE POWERS AS SPECIFIED IN SECTION 211.009, TEXAS LOCAL GOVERNMENT CODE:
- To render an interpretation of the city zoning ordinance when someone alleges that there is error in any order, requirement, decision or determination made by a city official who administrates the ordinance;
- To decide whether to approve or deny applications for a special exception to normal zoning rules when such use or development is specifically authorized in the zoning ordinance; and
- To authorize requests for variance from the zoning ordinance when it is not contrary to the public interest.
The Building Standards & Review Board meets in the City Council Chambers as deemed necessary by the board.
In actions before the Building Standards & Review Board, the burden of proof falls on the applicant, i.e.: (1) If a variance is requested, factual evidence must be presented to satisfy the Board that a hardship exists, which is not generally true of other properties in the area and which is not a self-created hardship. (The economic cost of compliance is not legally considered a hardship). (2) If the decision of an administrative official is appealed, evidence must be presented to satisfy the Board than an error exists in the officials decision. (3) If a special exception is requested, evidence must be presented to satisfy the Board that a special exception to terms of the ordinance is warranted due to the peculiar circumstances of the situation.
- Raul Rodriguez
- Miguel Barbosa
- Julian Carranza
- Ernie Trevino
- Elma Ortiz
- Sylvia Salamanca
- Elizabeth Placeres
- Carlos Perez
The City Secretary is the election official for the city and oversees the administration of city elections to ensure compliance with all city, state, and federal election laws and policies and to ensure that city elections are conducted in a fair and impartial manner.
Elections for the City Commission are held on the first Saturday of May every two years. The Mayor and Commissioner Place 1 position terms will expire May, 2019 and Commissioners Place 2, 3 and 4 positions terms will expire May, 2021. The terms of office are four years.
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