ELECTED OFFICIALS

 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 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.

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.

Commission Meetings

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 TRMC|CMC, CPM
Phone: (956) 432-0760
Email: [email protected]

Year:    Meeting Types:
Date Time Agenda Minutes
September 12, 2017 7:30 pm Agenda
August 22, 2017 7:30 pm Agenda Minutes
August 8, 2017 7:30 pm Agenda Minutes
July 25, 2017 7:30 pm Agenda Minutes
July 11, 2017 7:30 pm Agenda Minutes
June 27, 2017 12:00 am Agenda
June 13, 2017 7:30 pm Agenda Minutes
May 23, 2017 7:30 pm Agenda Minutes
May 9, 2017 7:30 pm Agenda Minutes
April 25, 2017 7:30 pm Agenda Minutes
April 11, 2017 7:30 pm Agenda Minutes
March 28, 2017 7:30 pm Agenda Minutes
March 14, 2017 7:30 pm Agenda Minutes
March 1, 2017 7:30 pm Agenda Minutes
February 28, 2017 7:30 pm Agenda
February 14, 2017 7:30 pm Agenda Minutes
January 24, 2017 7:30 pm Agenda Minutes
January 10, 2017 7:30 pm Agenda Minutes
December 27, 2016 12:00 am Agenda
December 13, 2016 7:30 pm Agenda Minutes
November 22, 2016 12:00 am Agenda
November 8, 2016 7:30 pm Agenda Minutes
October 25, 2016 7:30 pm Agenda Minutes
October 11, 2016 7:30 pm Agenda Minutes
September 27, 2016 7:30 pm Agenda Minutes
September 13, 2016 7:30 pm Agenda Minutes
August 23, 2016 7:30 pm Agenda Minutes
August 9, 2016 7:30 pm Agenda Minutes
July 12, 2016 7:30 pm Agenda Minutes
June 14, 2016 12:00 am Agenda
June 7, 2016 7:30 pm Agenda Minutes
May 24, 2016 12:00 am Agenda
May 10, 2016 7:30 pm Agenda Minutes
April 26, 2016 7:30 pm Agenda Minutes
April 12, 2016 7:30 pm Agenda Minutes
March 22, 2016 7:30 pm Agenda Minutes
March 8, 2016 7:30 pm Agenda Minutes
February 25, 2016 7:30 pm Agenda Minutes
February 23, 2016 12:00 am Agenda
February 9, 2016 7:30 pm Agenda Minutes
January 26, 2016 7:30 pm Agenda Minutes
January 12, 2016 7:30 pm Agenda Minutes
December 22, 2015 12:00 am Agenda
December 8, 2015 7:30 pm Agenda Minutes
November 24, 2015 7:30 pm Agenda Minutes
November 10, 2015 7:30 pm Agenda Minutes
October 27, 2015 7:30 pm Agenda Minutes
October 13, 2015 7:30 pm Agenda Minutes
September 29, 2015 7:30 pm Agenda Minutes
September 22, 2015 12:00 am Agenda
September 8, 2015 7:30 pm Agenda Minutes
September 3, 2015 12:00 pm Agenda Minutes
August 25, 2015 7:30 pm Agenda Minutes
August 11, 2015 7:30 pm Agenda Minutes
July 28, 2015 7:30 pm Agenda Minutes
July 14, 2015 7:30 pm Agenda Minutes
June 30, 2015 12:00 pm Agenda Minutes
June 9, 2015 7:30 pm Agenda Minutes
May 26, 2015 7:30 pm Agenda Minutes
May 12, 2015 6:30 pm Agenda Minutes
April 28, 2015 7:30 pm Agenda Minutes
April 14, 2015 7:30 pm Agenda Minutes
March 24, 2015 7:30 pm Agenda Minutes
March 16, 2015 6:30 pm Agenda Minutes
March 10, 2015 12:00 am Agenda
February 24, 2015 7:30 pm Agenda Minutes
February 10, 2015 7:30 pm Agenda Minutes
January 27, 2015 7:30 pm Agenda Minutes
January 13, 2015 7:30 pm Agenda Minutes
December 23, 2014 12:00 am Agenda
December 9, 2014 7:30 pm Agenda Minutes
November 25, 2014 12:00 am Agenda
November 18, 2014 7:30 pm Agenda Minutes
November 11, 2014 12:00 am Agenda
October 28, 2014 7:30 pm Agenda Minutes
October 14, 2014 7:30 pm Agenda Minutes
September 23, 2014 7:30 pm Agenda Minutes
September 9, 2014 7:30 pm Agenda Minutes
August 26, 2014 7:30 pm Agenda Minutes
August 18, 2014 7:30 pm Agenda
August 18, 2014 12:00 am Agenda
August 12, 2014 7:30 pm Agenda Minutes
July 22, 2014 7:30 pm Agenda Minutes
July 8, 2014 7:30 pm Agenda Minutes
June 24, 2014 12:00 am Agenda
June 10, 2014 7:30 pm Agenda Minutes
May 27, 2014 7:30 pm Agenda Minutes
May 13, 2014 7:30 pm Agenda Minutes
April 29, 2014 7:30 pm Agenda Minutes
April 22, 2014 7:30 pm Agenda Minutes
April 8, 2014 7:30 pm Agenda Minutes
March 25, 2014 7:30 pm Agenda Minutes
March 11, 2014 7:30 pm Agenda Minutes
February 25, 2014 12:00 am Agenda
February 11, 2014 7:30 pm Agenda Minutes
January 28, 2014 7:30 pm Agenda Minutes
January 14, 2014 7:30 pm Agenda Minutes
December 24, 2013 12:00 am Agenda
December 17, 2013 7:30 pm Agenda Minutes
December 10, 2013 7:30 pm Agenda Minutes
November 26, 2013 7:30 pm Agenda Minutes
November 12, 2013 7:30 pm Agenda Minutes
October 22, 2013 7:30 pm Agenda Minutes
October 8, 2013 12:00 am Agenda
September 24, 2013 7:30 pm Agenda Minutes
September 10, 2013 7:30 pm Agenda Minutes
August 27, 2013 7:30 pm Agenda Minutes
August 13, 2013 7:30 pm Agenda Minutes
July 23, 2013 7:30 pm Agenda Minutes
July 9, 2013 7:30 pm Agenda Minutes
June 11, 2013 7:30 pm Agenda Minutes
May 28, 2013 7:30 pm Agenda Minutes
May 14, 2013 7:30 pm Agenda Minutes
April 23, 2013 7:30 pm Agenda Minutes
April 9, 2013 7:30 pm Agenda Minutes
March 26, 2013 7:30 pm Agenda Minutes
March 12, 2013 7:30 pm Agenda Minutes
February 26, 2013 7:30 pm Agenda Minutes
February 5, 2013 7:30 pm Agenda Minutes
January 22, 2013 12:00 am Agenda Minutes
January 8, 2013 7:30 pm Agenda Minutes

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.

Year:    Meeting Types:
Date Time Agenda Minutes
September 12, 2017 7:30 pm Agenda
August 22, 2017 7:30 pm Agenda Minutes
August 8, 2017 7:30 pm Agenda Minutes
July 11, 2017 7:30 pm Agenda Minutes
May 9, 2017 7:30 pm Agenda Minutes
April 25, 2017 7:30 pm Agenda Minutes
December 13, 2016 7:30 pm Agenda Minutes
August 23, 2016 7:30 pm Agenda Minutes
July 12, 2016 7:30 pm Agenda Minutes
June 7, 2016 7:30 pm Agenda Minutes
May 10, 2016 7:30 pm Agenda Minutes
April 12, 2016 7:30 pm Agenda Minutes
March 8, 2016 7:30 pm Agenda Minutes
February 9, 2016 7:30 pm Agenda Minutes
January 12, 2016 7:30 pm Agenda Minutes
November 24, 2015 7:30 pm Agenda Minutes
August 11, 2015 7:30 pm Agenda Minutes
July 14, 2015 7:30 pm Agenda Minutes
February 10, 2015 7:30 pm Agenda Minutes
January 13, 2015 7:30 pm Agenda Minutes
December 9, 2014 7:30 pm Agenda Minutes
November 18, 2014 7:30 pm Agenda Minutes
October 28, 2014 7:30 pm Agenda Minutes
September 23, 2014 7:30 pm Agenda Minutes
August 26, 2014 7:30 pm Agenda Minutes
August 12, 2014 7:30 pm Agenda Minutes
July 22, 2014 7:30 pm Agenda Minutes
July 8, 2014 7:30 pm Agenda Minutes
May 13, 2014 7:30 pm Agenda Minutes
April 22, 2014 7:30 pm Agenda Minutes
March 25, 2014 7:30 pm Agenda Minutes
March 11, 2014 7:30 pm Agenda Minutes
January 28, 2014 7:30 pm Agenda Minutes
November 26, 2013 7:30 pm Agenda Minutes
October 22, 2013 7:30 pm Agenda Minutes
August 13, 2013 7:30 pm Agenda Minutes
July 9, 2013 7:30 pm Agenda Minutes
May 14, 2013 7:30 pm Agenda Minutes
April 9, 2013 7:30 pm Agenda Minutes
March 26, 2013 7:30 pm Agenda Minutes
February 26, 2013 7:30 pm Agenda Minutes
January 8, 2013 7:30 pm Agenda Minutes

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.

GENERAL

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.

BSRB MEMBERS
  • Raul Rodriguez
  • Miguel Barbosa
  • Frank Garcia
  • Julian Carranza
  • Arnie Trevino
  • Elizabeth Placeres
  • Carlos Perez

Variance Application

Year:    Meeting Types:
Date Time Agenda Minutes
July 16, 2016 6:00 pm Agenda
April 12, 2016 6:00 pm Agenda
April 11, 2016 6:00 pm Agenda

ELECTIONS

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, 2017.  The terms of office are four years.

* Notice of deadline to file application

Important Links:

City Attorney

Ricardo Gonzalez

Address: 124 S. 12th Street Edinburg TX 78539
Phone: (956) 383-5654
Fax: (956) 381-0002
Law Offices of Oxford & Gonzalez