The City Council of the City of San Saba held its regular monthly meeting on September 9th at 6:00 p.m. in the Council Chamber of the City Hall. Alderman Marvin Riggs, Shawn Oliver, Martha Leigh Whitten, Ken Jordan and Oleta Behrens were present. In the absence of Mayor David Parker, Marvin Riggs called the meeting to order. He offered the invocation and led the pledges of allegiance.
The minutes of the last meeting were approved. The bills were unanimously approved including CTC for $270.06, CTTC for $1098.61 and R&R Fuel for $1137.51.
Under presentations Kevin Shahan announced that next year he would be eligible to be considered for the City's Auditor because there would not be any of his relatives on the Council.
Action Items Included:
1. The tabling of considering the rate increase Ordinance 2007-11/ Resolution 2007-14 or no action from Atmos Energy. Tommy Pleasants and Ray Moss from Atmos Energy made the presentaion, but the Council had some additional questions that still need to be answered before they could act on them.
2. Cleta Long, administrator of the Senior Center, made a presentation of the need for assistance since the Federal Government had cut back so much on their funds. As a result of the information she gave the city pledged $500.00 per month to the Center to help with utilities. There are now up to 85 seniors eating lunch at the Center and Meals on Wheels has increased from 9 to 30 since they started cooking meals at the center.
3. Resolution 2007-15 was approved authorizing the City to enter into an agreement with TXDot to close Wallace Street on December 8th to accomodate the Christmas Parade.
4. Burl Harper of Marble Falls submitted his bid on the City Auditor's report and it was accepted for one year. He has worked for the City for several years.
5. Resolution 2007-16 was approved for the budget amendments for FY 2006-2007.
6. Ordinance 2007-10 amending 1996-1 was approved relating to the restraint of dogs and enclosure requirements for dogs within the City limits of San Saba. It is a state law passed by the legislature that no dogs can be chained within or outside of a fence.
7. Ken Jordan was appointed to serve on the Appraisal Board as a director for the years 2008-2009.
8. The 2007-2008 budget for the Economic Development Corporation was accepted. There are 7 citizens on the board and they receive their funds from several sources including 1/2 the sales tax, and the rent from the Allison Sisters houses.
The City Secretary's report included:
- The acquisition of 100 steel poles for $1000.00 that will be used for the new line construction and the crews are working on the Christmas lights around town.
- Many compliments have been recieved by the city from RV customers including, "This park is the best kept secret in Texas." The new RV park building is coming along nicely. When everything is complete, it will be something to be proud of.
- Paving and seal coating in the areas of Dry Street and Lafayette are in progress.
- Unit 23 (ambulance) of the EMS service needs a new engine . The cost of replacement will be $10,000 which will be split between the ctiy and the county. The engine will have a 2 year warranty and unlimited mileage.
- The city and county worked together and cleared all lots for the housing project. The construction crews began staking off homes on 7 lots today.
- A letter has been provided for review from the American Biorefining & Energy Co. spelling out their proposal for leasing the land to construct and operate their power plant.
- Tuesday October 16th there will be an executive session to meet with attorneys on the waterpark equipment. Also on the agenda will be a discussion of the ad that will be placed for a City Manager replacement . Joe Ragsdale will be retiring at the end of the year.
Among those in attendance in additon to those already mentioned were: Cindy Stafford, Charlene Lindsey, Gene Dufner, Dorothy Gates, Jean Reeves, Rita Whitley, Allen Brown, Chales Fleming, Fred Hardy, Al Hamrick, Dorothy Parsons, Linda Pack, Amanda Jackson and Robert Jackson.