The City Council of the City of San Saba, Texas met for a regular meeting on Tuesday, May 19th, at 6 p.m. in the City Hall Council Chambers. Mayor Ken Jordan called the meeting to order and announced a quorum present. Martha Leigh Whitten gave the invocation followed by everyone joining for the pledges to the American and Texas flags.
Mayor Jordan administered the Oath of Office to the winning candidates who were elected during the recent voting period. Taking the Oath of Office were Marvin Riggs and Charles Peeler. Shawn Oliver, who was absent, took the Oath of Office prior to the meeting.
Shawn Oliver was appointed as Mayor Pro-Tem, based on his acceptance of the position.
The “Joe Ragsdale Employee of the Month” award for May went to the entire Sanitation Department. This crew does a great job with no complaints and works good as a team. The four workers are: Tim Woerndell, Rick Reynolds, Lio Sanchez, and Elmo Davis. Each of them received a caddy and one day off with pay.
Chief of Police Ray Riggs highly recommended that Dwayne Shaw be promoted to Sergeant. It was with great honor that Mayor Jordan made this official and everyone congratulated Sergeant Shaw.
The following items were approved by the Council:
1. Minutes from the April 14 and 23, 2009 council meetings.
2. Payment of bills presented to the Council.
3. Proclamation recognizing 2010 as the year of census count.
4. Resolution No.2009-12 Law Enforcement CJD Grant.
After discussion, the following items were approved:
A. Ordinance No. 2009-03 amending Ordinance No. 2008-14 Mobile Home park residence district permitting modular construction and Ordinance No. 2009-09 amending Article II of the Zoning Ordinance to add definitions for Modular Component, Industrialized Housing and Industrialized building.
B. Ordinance No. 2009-07; Closing Doug Sullivan Drive in Mill Pond Park for a walk-way completely around the Pond that will be named Doug Sullivan Walk-way.
C. Ordinance No. 2009-08 - Amending Ordinance No. 1998-02 regulating peddlers, solicitors and vendor activities in the city. This pertains to door-to-door for businesses and homes and they will need to apply for a permit. If application is accepted, a fee of $30 per month or $400 a year is implemented. This does not include boy scouts, girl scouts, locally grown items, Avon, Mary Kay, or Trade Days.
D. Closing the 300 & 400 blocks of East Wallace Street on both sides of the street one hour prior and during the events of the Rodeo Parade and Christmas Lighted Parade.
The Council discussed the application for membership in the San Saba Chamber of Commerce for the City and the Golf Course.
City Manager, Stan Weik’s report included the following:
a. The Dove Project had to be closed because they didn’t have grant money to stay open. Finances for a grant is expected within 90 days, so hopefully the Project will be able to re-open at that time.
b. No update on the Water Park Law Suit.
c. Gave updates on golf course with information from the golf course manager. Golf tournaments are in progress with good attendance and participation.
d. Weik and Guidroz are getting all the information they can regarding the Mesquite Fuel project. LCRA is involved in this project that is important for the city's economy.
e. The new concrete business will be in operation in around two months.
Farrel Whitley, Parks Supervisor, reported that his crew is working on the baseball field that will be for Pony Leagues and Slow Pitch. Their work got harder when they hit solid rock. When they finish the baseball field they will go to the Golf Course; close the Doug Sullivan Drive Road; work on the soft ball fields; plant flowers; do maintenance and mowing.
The American Cancer Society wrote a letter of appreciation for being able to have the Relay For Life at the Riesen Park and commented that it was in great shape for the event.
Tony Guidroz, Economic Development, reported: The Bikers Are Coming - expecting around 3,000 - and will parade down Wallace Street at 6 p.m. Saturday; Marketing the Golf Course by way of magazine, web site, new signs; there will be a public auction on June 16th at the 2 nursing homes, on site.
Gale Ivy, City Secretary reported that she is gathering information to update the council’s jobs.
Scott Glaze, Public Works Department Supervisor, made a video for the meeting and Gayle Ivy presented it showing the following work for the month: blast ing rock at the new baseball field; water leaks repair; new water fountains at golf course; new safety trench boxes; showers installed at Riesen Park; painting park entrance; new sign making machine with computer; brush pickup; mechanic work; removal of HUGE tree at Riesen Park; dismantling old sub-station.
Mayor Jordan adjourned the meeting. After a short break, the Council held an Executive Session.