Monday night at the Eastland City Commissioners’ meeting, Police Chief, Billy Myrick made a presentation to Wal-Mart, Sonic, and Bird Electric in appreciation of the help they have given to the police department. Framed certificates were handed out with the following inscription:
Certificate of Appreciation for your continuing support of local law enforcement, more specifically, your Eastland Police Department in our continuing efforts to serve this community.
Brian Bird accepted the certificate on behalf of Bird Electric, Jaime Contreras represented Sonic and Darren Turner represented Wal-Mart.
Financial Director, Leslie Zander said that sales tax revenues were up for the month of September 5.2% and 6.86% for the year. This breaks a seven month stretch of declining sales tax revenues.
Chris Brewster of Lloyd Gosselink Rochelle & Townsend, made a presentation regarding his role as a representative for the City of Eastland in The Electric Reliability Council of Texas (ERCOT) stakeholder process. Brewster represents Eastland as well as about 150 other cities joined together as members of Texas Coalition for Affordable Power (TCAP). Brewster stated that his basic goal at ERCOT is to “advocate for policies that reduce electricity cost and keep reliability high.”
Dick Meade, representing the Eastland Fine Arts Association informed commissioners that the Majestic Theatre is in need of a new air conditioner unit. Two units cool the theater. One unit appears to be from 1946. That unit is leaking refrigerant and water. The only estimate they have received for replacement came with an estimated price tag of $85,000. Meade said they have limped through this air conditioning season but won’t make it through next year. They plan to use the winter to implement a solution to the problem. The Fine Arts Association has recently replaced the entire roof and been forced to convert to digital projection equipment. They have $22,000 in reserve for air conditioning but have found that is far short of what will be needed. They will be looking to the city to help finance the air conditioning project. Meade was bringing information only and no action was needed on this item.
Commissioners approved a final plat for the Warner University Subdivision Phase 1, presented by Bill Dolen. A residential neighborhood zoned for single family dwellings is planned on the west end of town. The current phase has eight lots with one under contract pending the City’s approval of this final plat. The plan is to fill the approximate 18 acres with homes eventually.
Commissioners approved the sale of property resulting from tax foreclosure judgment as presented by Jacey Storm representing McCreary, Veselka, Bragg & Allen, P.C. The property had been offered in a tax sale but didn’t sell.
Jim Farrar and Jerry Conner presented the 2012-2013 amended budget, 2013-2014 proposed budget and annual report for the Eastland Economic Development Inc. EEDI board member, Tom Crowder’s term in expiring and they also requested approval to re-appoint Crowder for another term. Commissioners’ took action to approve the amended budget, the next budget and the reappointment. EEDI Annual Report 2012 through 2013
The second and final reading was approved of Ordinance No. 13-783, establishing regulation of sex offenders in the City of Eastland. This ordinance restricts sex offenders from establishing a permanent or temporary residence within 1,000 feet of a school, child care facility, child care institution, park or playground or other places where children regularly congregate. They are also restricted from loitering within 300 feet or entering a Child Safety Zone. A Child Safety Zone list most places in a town where children might congregate including youth centers, scouting facilities and public libraries. They also cannot leave an exterior porch light on or otherwise invite trick-or-treaters to their house on October 30th and 31st or any other date set by the city for trick-or-treaters. The ordinance goes into effect immediately.
A second and final reading was approved of Ordinance 13-785 Adopting City of Eastland Budget for Fiscal Year 2013-2014.
Russell Kilpatrick, Mike Batteas, Robert Jackson and Duane Hill entered into a lease agreement for property at the Eastland Municipal Airport for the purpose of constructing a permanent airplane hanger. Commissioners approved the transfer of lease from Russell Kilpatrick to James Rose.
Commissioners approved offering Lakeside Golf Course for sale and awarded a six month listing to Re/Max, Crossroad Realtors in Eastland. Town and Country and Re/Max each bid on the listing. City manager, Ron Holliday recommended the selection of Re/Max because he felt they may have “a little more marketing horsepower outside of the community.” Re/Max was also 1% under Town & Country in their fees.
The last items on the agenda were the monthly reports from the Code Compliance Officer, Terry Simmons and the monthly police report presented by Chief Myrick.
Code Compliance Report August 2013
Before the meeting was adjourned, Mayor Larry Vernon, commissioner Norman Owen and Airport Manager, Bode Zietz expressed their appreciation of Ron Holliday during his years as city manager. This was Holliday’s last regular meeting before he retires October 5th. Holliday lauded the excellent staff that he has had during his tenure.
A reception will be held on Thursday evening from 5:30 p.m. -7:00 p.m. for Ron Holliday at the Connellee.