All commissioners were present for the Ranger City Commissioners’ meeting Monday night, September 9, 2013.
Two citizens signed up for the citizens presentation.
Larry Monroe with Veterans Support Group in Ranger, announced they were donating a flag to the city to be flown on POW/MIA day which is the 3rd Friday of September.
Bill Herod gave his opinion about the last item on Monday night’s agenda. That item concerns a request by the City of Strawn to purchase water from the City of Ranger. Herod stated that he felt Ranger should conserve the water they get for Ranger.
Finance Reports were presented and approved.
Commissioners approved Jared Calvert’s request for authority to approve 5 hours of dirt work at the airfield for TxDot recommended tree clearing. Previously the city had approved 10 hours of dirt work at $75 an hour. They had only used 7 of those hours so 3 hours are still approved and not used. The request, therefore, was actually for only 2 additional hours.
Approval was also given to use the funds for the October Air Show that were approved and not used for the rained out May Airshow. This funding is from the Hotel/Motel tax to pay fuel and lodging for the pilots performing at the air show.
Commissioners approved closing Desdemona Blvd. Friday, October 4th from 6:30 p.m. – 7:30 p.m. and Saturday, October 5th from 12:00 p.m. – 2:30 p.m. FAA doesn’t allow anyone to be under a fly-over, therefore the need for the closure during the air show.
Steve Gerdes presented the Type 4B Ranger Economic Development Corporations’s Articles of Incorporation for approval. Commissioners approved the Articles of Incorporation which will now be sent to the State for approval.
A final reading was held for an ordinance regulating where sex offenders can live in the city. The final reading makes the ordinance effective immediately.
Ranger Sex Offender Ordinance 2013-1
A first reading was approved for an ordinance setting the tax rate for Ranger at .67524 per $100 of valuation.
The agenda item to approve minutes from previous items was tabled. Board members had not received their copies of those meeting minutes to review.
Next on the agenda was a request from the City of Strawn to purchase water from Ranger. Strawn is coming close to maxing out their allotment of water from their water source. Strawn has been advised from Texas Commission on Environmental Quality (TCEQ) to look for another water source as a backup.
The idea was that Strawn would pay for the up-sizing of a line TxDOT is laying from Ranger out to their new roadside rest area at the top of Ranger Hill. This up-size project is estimated to cost $750,000. Recently, Texas Parks and Wildlife Department (TPWD) indicated they might be able to help Strawn financially with this project. However, at this time nothing has been negotiated between Strawn and TPWD for this project. Strawn has not guaranteed or acquired a way to finance this project if it were approved. There is also the problem with a deadline. Ranger will be opening bids on September 19th for the laying of this line making it too late to get bids for up-sizing the project.
Steve Gerdes, Eastland County Water Supply District (ECWSD) board member, explained that TCEQ has suspended junior water rights from Possum Kingdom Lake south to the gulf. Junior water right holders include water right permits with a priority date of February 15, 1942 and later. According to Gerdes, ECWSD’s attorney, Tommy Warford told him they can not allow a customer of the district to expand water distribution while under a suspend order. He also said that TCEQ is trying to require permit holders to release water once it gets over the level it was on at a specific date this past July. Gerdes said that for ECWSD that would be 1368.39 ft. The drought contingency plan kicks in at 1368 ft. If this becomes a requirement it would mean that water customers would be in a constant state of water restrictions.
After much discussion, a motion was made by Commissioner Pilgrim to deny Strawn’s request at this time but to keep the option to reopen the discussion at a later time. The motion passed unanimously.
The meeting was adjourned at 6:17 p.m.
Podcast of the Ranger City Commissioners’ Meeting September 9, 2013