On Tuesday, April 1st, the San Saba City Council conducted a public hearing prior to their regular monthly meeting. The public hearing was comprised of the following issues:
• Disannexation of a five-acre tract of land located in the Riverview addition owned by Dale and Tawana Riggs; and
• Condemnation of the following properties: 207 S. High, owned by E.G. Alexander; 1008 E. Brown owned by Johnny Oswald; and a two-story rock structure located at 701 S. 1st, owned by the Martinez family.
A brief statement was made by the Martinez family.
Mayor Pro-Tem Marvin Riggs called the April meeting to order, followed by the invocation and pledges to the American and Texas flags. The Council approved the minutes of the March 11th meeting.
Public Comments were addressed by two citizens. There was a personal request to purchase 11 acres owned by the City, located northwest of the new San Saba Nursing Home facility. The Council will discuss this offer during a planning meeting. Also, Chuck Little, who lives on Storey Street, gave his comments and concerns about a new cat ordinance in progress. The Council expressed appreciation of the resident's concern and input.
City Manager Stan Weik presented the "Joe Ragsdale Employee of the Month" award to Cindy Stafford. There were comments about Cindy's many contributions as a valuable employee and she will greatly be missed, as well as difficult to replace, when she relocates to Arlington in about two months.
Mr. Weik then introduced three students from the San Saba ISD who were chosen by the Logo Committee for their impressive logo entries. Everyone present viewed logos created by Larissa Saucillo (1st Place), Jack Whitten (2nd Place), and Kelli Cox (3rd Place).
The bills presented to the Council were approved to be paid.
After discussion, the Council approved Ordinance 2008-09 - Disannexation of the property owned by Dale and Tawana Riggs, containing five acres located in the Riverview Addition.
The Council discussed Ordinance 2008-10, condemning 207 S. High, 1008 E. Brown, and 701 S. 1st Street. A member of the Martinez family made another statement. The Council received a letter containing improvement photos from the owners of one of the other properties. The Council voted to exclude this property from being declared condemned at this time and declared the remaining two properties condemned.
The Council approved Ordinance 2008-11 to sell and convey two lots in the Allison Sister Subdivision, Lots 25 and 26, to San Saba County for the purpose of constructing two homes.
The Council discussed and approved joint funding with San Saba County to provide a salary to hire an EMS Director for San Saba County EMS. Charlie Peeler and Cindy Stafford gave the Council important information regarding the EMS program.
A representative from the engineering firm of Jacobs & Martin presented information after his March visit to the Waste Water Treatment Plant. He will present an estimated cost to take care of problems and the Council recommended two workshops to review this information.
The Council discussed changing water rates with information from Hunter Hibler. The last rate change was in 1992.
Ralph Wilson presented some information for the San Saba Golf Course for funding needs of some necessary equipment. After discussion, the Council will extend their funding decision until next month.
The Council approved the winning logo entry submitted by Larissa Saucillo.
After discussion, the Council voted and approved the Order to Cancel the May 10, 2008 election. The candidates who appeared to have won places on the Council were issued the Statement of Elected Officer.
Stan Weik presented his City Manager's report:
• house demolition near the city park;
• enforced clean-up, with removal of seven junk cars;
• update given on new RV park;
• swimming pool area improvements;
• introduction of Tony Guidroz as the newly hired Director of Economic Development/Tourism; and
• a business inquiry concerning purchase of two acres.
Mr. Weik ended his report with a video presentation of the following projects: house demolition; new RV park; pool renovations; recycling center; street improvements; and flood control management.
Members in attendance were: Marvin Riggs, Mayor Pro-Tem; Aldermen Martha Leigh Whitten, Shawn Oliver, Ken Jordan, and Oleta Behrens; and Stan Weik, City Manager.
Others present were: Cindy Stafford, City Secretary; Charlene Lindsay, City Treasurer; Roger Verette, City Employee; Al Hamrick, City Employee; Charles Keith, Jacobs and Martin; Alice Smith, San Saba News & Star; Hunter Hibler, North San Saba Water Supply; Charles Peeler, San Saba County EMS; Sarah Saldivar, citizen; Sulema Torres, citizen; David Williams, County Attorney; Chuck Little, citizen; Jordan Riggs, citizen; Fred Hardy, citizen; Keith Harris, San Saba Golf Association; Ralph Wilson, San Saba Golf Association; Larissa Saucillo, SSISD student; Jack Whitten, SSISD student; and Kelli Cox, SSISD student.