Vote is 4-2 amid protests for local residents

Sue Fleming, The Freer Press

During a special meeting held last Monday, Freer City Council members voted 4-to-2 to allow the blocking of a section of Laredo Street Halloween night.

Orlando Navarro made the motion which was seconded by Andy Bierstedt.

Voting against the motion were Sylvia Carrillo and Carlos Salinas.

According to the motion, vehicles will not be allowed to drive between Rosita Avenue and Green Drive on Laredo Street from 5 to 9 p.m.

Safety of children walking from door-to-door trick or treating was the reason cited in the request to block off the section.

However, should any problems arise due to the blocking, the section will be opened immediately, assured Police Chief John Spillers to Mayor Arnoldo Cantu.

"I want to make it very, very clear, that any time it creates a problem at all, we'll open the street right away," Cantu said.

Spillers also said residents living within the closed section will be able to come and go (drive) to their homes during the designated hours.

A petition containing 45 signatures of individuals opposing the blocking was not entered for consideration because of its late submission, city secretary Cindy Lackey said.

Attending the meeting were Manuel "Rolita" Estrada, Andy Bierstedt, Navarro, Carrillo, Salinas, Cantu and Lackey.