The City Council of San Saba held its regular monthly meeting on January 14th. Mayor David Parker, Mayor Pro Tem Marvin Riggs, Aldermen Ken Jordan, Shawn Oliver, Oleta Behrens, and Martha Leigh Whitten; and City Manager Stan Weik were present. Also present were Cindy Stafford, Administrative Assistant; Charlene Lindsay, City Treasurer; Marcia Dyer, CTHRR Local Rep; and Roger Gordon, Bovey & Bojorquez Rep. City employees present were: Dorothy Prescott, Susie Jimenez, Roger Verette, Al Hamrick, and Linda Pack; as well as citizens, Javier Baez and Reagan Burnham.
The first meeting was an Open Meeting. Mayor Parker called the meeting to order and Marvin Riggs offered the invocation and Pledge of Allegiance to both flags. The Council unanimously approved items 1, 3, 4 and 5 in the consent agenda. Councilman Jordan requested that item #2 be tabled until the next meeting because the naming of the RV Park was too important and he would like to see more time spent in deciding what the name should be.
The following were included in the consent agenda:
• Payment of the bills presented to the Council;
• Resolution naming the RV Park - removed; and
• Resolution authorizing participation in TASB.
Resolution 2008-02: The Local Government Purchasing Cooperative Council Resolution of the City of San Saba -
The Council desired to participate in a local purchasing program, and has elected to be a cooperative member. It was determined that participation would be highly beneficial to the taxpayers. The Council would be able to make purchases on the Cooperative's contract.
Resolution 2008-03: Violence Against Women Act (VAWA) Grant Program -
A resolution of the City Council of the City of San Saba, Texas authorizes the preparation and submission of a VAWA grant program for funding under the office of the Governor, Criminal Justice Division, and authorizes the City Manager to act as executive officer and authorized representative in all matters pertaining to the operation of the program. This is a grant for the Dove Project.
Resolution 2008-04: Victims of Crime Act (VOCA) Grant Application -
This grant application also is for assistance to victims of crime and also provides funds for the Dove Project.
In the regular meeting, Ken Jordan moved that a pecan tree located at 501 E. Wallace be removed as it had damaged the sidewalk. Mr. Reagan agreed to adopt two new flower boxes that will be installed by the City, with the Garden Club was in total agreement with the solution to the problem.
Marcia Dyer and Lynda Pack gave a presentation regarding action item #2, which concerned the marketing program with the Central Texas Hills and Rivers Region. Mayor Parker said that no funds had been set aside for this project; therefore, it was tabled at this time.
Then the Council unanimously approved Ordinance 2008-01, approving the creation of a City Administrative position for the City of San Saba. This ordinance noted that the Manager is the chief executive officer of the City. He is bound by all of the responsibilities and rules that are appropriate to and consistent with the professional role of the City Manager's position. His specific duties were listed.
The motion that Cindy Stafford be appointed to the position of City Secretary position was approved and established a salary for that position. This position would be an exempt position and would not be able to claim overtime or comp time. Mr. Weik told the Council that Cindy would continue to do what she had been doing all along but he will provide a list of her duties to the Council.
The Council unanimously approved Ordinance 2008-02 approving increases in customer deposits, reconnect fees, and fees for temporary service to include an addition to sanitation collection fees.
The Council was requested to come up with possible candidates for the EDC Board and the Planning and Zoning (P&Z) Commission by January 25th. The EDC has three members with two-year terms expiring and P&Z has four members with three-year terms expiring.
At 6:50 p.m., the Council entered into Executive Session to consult with legal council concerning legal matters related to the water park project. At 7:40 p.m., they reconvened and instructed the legal council to proceed as discussed in Executive Session.
Stan Weik's City Manager's report included: expressing his thanks for the gracious way the transition has gone; his family's pleasure at living in San Saba; the proposed establishment of a plaque to be known as the "Joe Ragsdale" Employee of the Month. The names would be added to the plaque and these employees would be selected by their peers. Mr. Weik reported that the swimming pool project is moving along and is expected to be ready on time. He has met with several local and regional people regarding such things as the track at Mill Pond Park as it applies to the school board, as well as Code Enforcement with Brady representatives.