The San Saba City Council met for a Regular Meeting on Monday, February 8th at 6 p.m. in the City Hall Council Chambers. Mayor Ken Jordan called the meeting to order. Councilman Charlie Peeler gave the invocation followed by everyone joining for the pledges to the American and Texas flags.
Scott Glaze, Public Works Director, presented the Employee of the Month Award to Luis Rios. Luis has worked on the Street Department for six years and will enjoy a day off with pay and a $25 certificate at a local restaurant.
The following consent items were approved:
1. Minutes from the January 18th council meeting.
2. Payment of bills presented to the council.
3. Joint Election Agreement with SSISD.
4. Notice of Joint School and City Election.
5. The Order of Election.
The following items were discussed and approved:
A. Ordinance No. 2010-01 amending Ordinance No. 2008021, Section VI. (a) (1) of Industrial Wastewater Users Ordinance, changing the requirement for a twice a year test to once a year.
B. Resolution No. 2010-04 requesting to be included in the proposed San Saba County Emergency Services District to be created. This proposal will be discussed at a public meeting on March 16th and then placed on the San Saba County ballot.
Malissa Mims, Director of the DOVE Project, spoke to the Council regarding changes, implementing new programs, improvements and the need for funds. They are a 501C nonprofit organization and have a Board of Directors. The Council approved Resolution No. 2010-05 to give the DOVE Project $5,000 per year to help in providing services to the citizens of San Saba.
Stan Weik, City Manager, reported the following:
A. There is no change in the Water Park Law Suit from last month.
B. Plans for the $90,000 landscaping grant from TxDOT will be implemented in the spring.
C. More RV pads will be installed, weather permitting.
D. San Saba Pecan is planning "green" energy to supply a portion of their large electric usage.
E. The City and the Chamber of Commerce have been planning joint efforts in projects, events, and publicity.
F. The newly installed antique lamps at Mill Pond Park have added a special atmosphere.
Roger Verette, Electric Department Supervisor, gave a report that everything is all set and ready for the new businesses to be hooked up.
Al Hamrick, Code Enforcer, reported that for years he’s been giving warnings, warnings, and warnings. He is now qualified to give citations, and with them will be fines and the money will be collected.
Tony Guidroz, Tourism/ Economic Developement, reported:
1. 140 to 150 people enjoyed skating at the Civic Center last Friday night.
2. There were 22 booths at the Pecan Trade Day Saturday, February 6th, the most they have had at the Civic Center. Next month the event will be held on the Square.
3. Valentine’s events will be held next week.
4. The 2nd Annual Awards Banquet will be held at the Civic Center March 11th.
5. The Alco Store will be breaking ground soon.
6. An assisted living center is interested in the uncompleted San Saba Nursing Home facility.
7. The Mesquite Fuel Company is filling out papers and starting up soon.
8. An Easter Egg Hunt is being planned for April.
Gale Ivy,City Secretary, gave the Council information regarding the Open Meetings Law.
Gale also gave a report on the Keep San Saba Beautiful organization; April 10th will be Trash Day and a fund raiser; they do not have many daffodil bulbs left for sale, and they are notifying Al Hamrick of areas that need to be cleaned up.
Mayor Jordan adjourned the meeting. Those in attendance were: Mayor Ken Jordan; Coun-cilmen Oleta Behrens, Charlie Peeler, Martha Leigh Whitten, Shawn Oliver, and Marvin Riggs; City Manager, Stan Weik; City Secretary, Gale Ivy; City Treasurer, Charlene Lindsay; City Billing, Sabrina Maultsby; City Office, Susie Jimenez; DOVE Director, Malissa Mims; Electric Department, Roger Verette; Code Enforcer, Al Hamrick; Director of Public Works, Scott Glaze; Tourism/ Economic Development, Tony Guidroz; City Street Dept., Luis Rios; and San Saba News & Star Reporter, Alice Smith.