A big meeting in the city of Mercedes was canceled at the last minute on Wednesday.
For months, the Mercedes City Manager, Sergio Zavala said they have been trying to arrange a joint workshop with Mercedes Independent School District.
Zavala said they want to identify and investigate campuses where water does not flow properly since there were campuses that were affected by the floods in 2018 and 2019.
But because the school district owns vacant property, the city is also looking into using those spaces to create surplus detention areas.
“In the sense of there’s too much water on the public streets, which means there may be a lot of water entering the residential areas,” said Zavala. “And if there was a holding area away from the streets that would divert the flow from the homes then perhaps the vast acreage of the school may be helpful.”
With shootings occurring at schools, the city wanted to see if there is a need for more Education Resource Officers (ERO) as there are currently only two.
They were also going to discuss traffic and pedestrian safety and identify any traffic concerns that include more signage, speed humps and lighting.
A new date has not been set for the joint workshop.