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West U council to tackle sidewalk parking, she-wolf on Monday

February 5, 2016 By:Charlotte Aguilar

City Council

Is West University’s selective enforcement of corner-lot sidewalk parking in violation of state and federal law? City Attorney Alan Petrov is expected to issue his opinion Monday during a meeting of the City Council at 6:30 p.m. in the Municipal Building, 3800 University Blvd.

The matter was put on the agenda at the last meeting by Councilmember Brennan Reilly (backed by Mayor Pro Tem Bob Kelly), who said he believes the city may be violating Texas parking statutes and provisions of the federal Americans With Disabilities Act by still permitting some sidewalk parking on corner residential lots with short driveways.

The homeowner at 3304 Sunset installed this replica of the The "Capitoline Wolf" on their front fence sometime after Christmas despite having their variance request to install this statue denied by the BSC on November 5, 2015. The homeowner has been issued a $500 citation. 

The homeowner at 3304 Sunset installed this replica of the The “Capitoline Wolf” on their front fence sometime after Christmas despite having their variance request to install this statue denied by the BSC on November 5, 2015. The homeowner has been issued a $500 citation.

Also being discussed is fence height and variances on restrictions for decorative items – brought to the table by Reilly and Kelly, as well.

At issue is a four-foot she-wolf sculpture mounted on the fence of a home at 3304 Sunset Blvd. that the owners installed despite having their variance to exceed height limits denied by the Building Standards Commission last November.

The sculpture is a reproduction of the of the pre-15th century “Capitoline Wolf,”  a she-wolf suckling twin human infants.

The homeowner has been issued a $500 citation once for the violation, although the city could legally issue one each day.

Reilly suggested that the council might want to re-evaluate the height restrictions and make recommendations to the Building Standards and Zoning & Planning commissions.

 

 

 

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4 Responses to “West U council to tackle sidewalk parking, she-wolf on Monday”

  1. Anonymous Says:

    If the owners of the sculpture had a voice at the city council meeting, they may have stated their hardship of the possibility of the sculpture falling, injuring or killing their children, themselves, or visitor. When the substantial gate was erected, experts were brought in to insure the sculpture would be adequately supported. It needed a solid foundation to sit on. The sculpture needed major support for its weight and size. This was carefully planned at considerable cost to the homeowners. It also needed to withstand heavy winds. Why do they need to build another structure when they have put so much effort into the one they have? It is ridiculous that the leadership was not informed of this. I imagine that is how they make decisions by getting partials of information, not the entire story. If they didn’t see a problem with the structure as it is now, why didn’t they just rule on it, stating it can stay as is? Why does the Zoning Board need to go over the same thing over and over? I hope this gets resolved so the homeowners can have a safe environment for their children.

  2. Anonymous Says:

    This she-wolf sculpture is cool! It is interesting, unique, and creative. Why is the city fining someone $500. for being creative? Why does this city refuse services to its citizens? Why does this city have so many restrictions, it is like a prison? This city is ruled by the paid staff, who pick and choose who gets services, and who gets to work outside the law(If there is not a law against something, this leadership will make one). This city chooses to ignore the will of the people! I am one of the people of this city, and I love the sculpture! Stop harassing the taxpayers of this city! We have the burden of paying taxes, but NOT to make ANY decisions! Stop the madness!

    • Sharon E. Says:

      If you don’t like West U’s ordinances, etc. then MOVE!!

      • Anonymous Says:

        You move back to some country where the government rules without citizen input. That’s WUP! Citizens really don’t get input. Most issues are decided BEFORE council meetings. It is sad you are a sheep,
        and you don’t support anything. Just let the government do whatever they want, as long as YOU are not affected.

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