The San Saba City Council held a Public Hearing prior to the regular monthly meeting on Tuesday, January 10th at 6 p.m. in the City Hall Council Chambers.Mayor, Ken Jordan called the meeting to order and announced a quorum present with Alderman Oleta Behrens absent. Alderman Martha Leigh Whitten gave the invocation followed by everyone joining for the pledges to the American and Texas flags.The Public Hearing was to receive comments for or against the closure of a one block portion of 8th street between Wallace and Commerce to motor vehicle traffic between the SSISD High School and parking lot; and the condemnation of the property located at 506 S. Live Oak Street in San Saba.The Public Hearing was adjourned by Mayor Jordan because there were no comments and the regular meeting of the Council was called to order.Paul Gast was presented the Employee of the Month award for January. Paul has worked for the Water Department for one and a half years. His name is added tothe plaque, he received a $25 gift certificate to a local restaurant and will take a day off work with pay. Paul was accompanied to the meeting by his two sons, and Benjamin liked getting his picture taken with his dad. The Council approved the following agenda items:1. Minutes from the December 13th Council meeting.2. Payment of bills presented to City Council.3. Approved Resolution No. 2012-01 designating the San Saba News and Star as the official town newspaper.4. Acceptance of 2010 Racial Profiling Report.Discussion/Action Items were:A. Approved Resolution No. 2012-02 establishing a Policy regarding Cancellation of General Elections upon Declaration of Unopposed Candidates elected to office.B. SSISD Superintendent, Leigh Ann Glaze gave information regarding the closure of a one block portion of 8th street between Wallace and Commerce to motor vehicle traffic between the SSISD High School and parking lot. With the Bond money SSISD plans to have a permanent building fronting Commerce street connecting to the high school and the student parking area re- located for safety purposes from across the busy highway to the space fronting Wallace. The Planning & Zoning Commission unanimously approved this request. After some discussion, the council unanimously approved this request also.C. There was no action on Ordinance No. 2012-13 condemning property at 506 S. Liveoak Street.D. Council approved Engagement Letter from Kevin Shahan, CPA, concerning audit services for the City of San Saba for years ending September 30, 2011, 2012, and 2013.Stan Weik, City Manager, reported on the following:a. The new winery will be breaking ground this month.b. Mill Pond improvements are continuing.c. San Saba Bird & Nature Club secured a grant for a Bird Station in the LCRA Park.d. There has been a high amount of water loss for several months and the Water Dept. personnel discovered that it was by Mill Pond. Wayne Yarbrough, Water Dept. Supervisor, confirmed that it has been repaired.City Secretary, Gale Ivy, reported that there is a meeting next month in San Antonio for Council members. Tony Guidroz, Tourism/Economic Development, reported that he is marketing plans for tourism; developing entreprenuers; working with businesses interested in coming to our city; and involved with Texas small business development.Larry Alderson, Electric Department Supervisor, reported his crew is trimming trees away from electric lines and the department is working at the prison.Scott Glaze, Public Works Director, reported they have lots of work to do to patch the streets when weather permits. Animal Control Officer, Scott Meador is working with Police Chief, Ray Riggs to enforce ordinances for animals in the city. He has put a Public Notice in the San Saba News & Star. Meador reported that there was a pit bull out of control this week that attacked it’s owner who is in the hospital at this time. (Reporter’s note: Meador discussed with Alice Smith that the facility to hold dogs is small and they usually only hold them for four days. This does not allow time to picture them in the newspaper for adoption. Because of no identification, he has had to “put down” over 30 dogs during his short time as Animal Control Officer.)There being no further business, Mayor, Ken Jordan adjourned the meeting.