(Seguin) -- The Seguin City Council is set to reconsider whether or not the city will paint over the Seguin Matador logo on a water tower off of East Kingsbury Street and replace it with the city's "It's Real" logo and tagline.
The action is being considered as part of a $413,000 maintenance project on the tank. Both the inside and outside of the tank is being repainted, and city officials originally stated that they would place the city's new brand (It's Real) on the tank, much like it's water tank on State Highway 123 Bypass. But the reaction from the community has been swift and strong, and a large group of people have publicly stated that the city should make sure that the Matador is placed back on the tank once it's repainted.
Folks on social media have been strongly encouraging the council to reconsider the issue. There's also a petition that was started by Seguin High School student Keaghan Holt. The petition has already received nearly 2,000 signatures in support of the Matador tower.
The council will consider options associated with the project. The painting of the city's logo is already included in the overall bid for the project. But according to city staff, painting a combination of the city logo and the Matador, or just the Matador logo would cost an additional $14,000.
In other business, a change is expected to be made tonight on the proposed budget for the city of Seguin. The council will host a special meeting to discuss a change to the general fund portion of the budget. The change is based on a notification that the city and Guadalupe County received from Guadalupe Regional Medical Center. The city and county jointly own GRMC.
The hospital recently announced that it will not be using all of this year's indigent health care funding, which means that it will be refunding the unused portion to both entities.
The city will receive approximately $565,000. With the revenue coming back to the city, staff wants to create a $200,000 fund for indigent health care in the new budget. The rest of the funds would be used for other projects, including a ventilation project at the Dance Pavilion, the purchase of a two ton truck, three cardiac compression devices, and painting the awning at the Seguin Police Department.
That would leave about $200,000 that would then be transferred into the general fund capital projects fund balance. The public hearing was held on the proposed budget last week. The city charter states that once the public hearing is held on the budget, the council must then approve any changes to the budget.
The special city council meeting gets underway at 5:30 p.m. today at Seguin City Hall Council Chambers.