Mayor Ken Jordan called to order the regular monthly meeting of the City Council of the City of San Saba on Tuesday, August 12th, at 6 p.m. The invocation was led by Martha Leigh Whitten, followed by everyone joining for the pledges to the American and Texas flags.
Reta Peel, of S. Water Street, attended the meeting because the Tax Office suggested she address the Council regarding an address mix-up. Mrs. Peel receives bills from the City to her P.O. Box; however, when mail is sent to 1007 S. Water Street, they are returned to sender. The Council agreed that this situation was not under their jurisdiction.
The "Joe Ragsdale Employee of the Month" award for August went to Susie Jimenez, a great city office employee who welcomes everyone with a smile, was selected.
Steve Dyer, a representative of LCRA, presented Chris Krueger, of the San Saba Volunteer Fire Department, a check in the amount of $4,975.00, and a check in the amount of $25,000 to Charlie Peeler for the EMS. Both organizations applied for these grants to purchase much needed equipment.
The following consent agenda items were approved:
• Minutes from the July 8 and July 29, 2008 Council meetings;
• Payment of bills presented to City Council;
• Resolution 2008-19 appointing Gale Ivy as director of San Saba Economic Development Corporation, replacing Cindy Stafford; and
• Resolution No. 2008-20 supporting Ingram Concrete's plans to construct a concrete batch plant facility at 1207 W. Pierce Street in San Saba.
The following Items were discussed and action taken:
• Resolution 2008-21 to waive an ordinance defining noise nuisances for one day at a set time was approved unanimously;
• Approved to have Knight & Partners, Attorneys at Law, to provide legal services for the City of San Saba as the City Attorney, with an unanimous vote;
• Teresa and April Gibson were in attendance for the Council to reconsider Ordinance No. 2008-17 - Authorizing variance of mobile home park regulations for property located at 1404 W. Sunset. After discussion, the Resolution was approved with (3) "yes" and (2) "no" votes. Voting against the Resolution were: Martha Whitten and Shawn Oliver;
• Keith Shahan, San Saba Pecan Company, presented concerns regarding Resolution 2008-21 Industrial Wastewater Ordinance and set Rates for Abnormal Industrial Waste Users that was on the agenda. Since San Saba Pecan Company is a large user with 80-100 employees and already has a very large utility bill, Shahan expressed concerns about the impact of this ordinance. Shahan asked the Council to delay action for 30 days. Stan Weik asked Scott Glaze to show a video that showed an industrial manhole before cleaning and then two weeks later after cleaning and also residential manholes before cleaning and then two weeks later after cleaning. Buddy Whitley gave some information and Stan Weik had comments also. There was no action taken on this Resolution; and
• Discussed Tax Rate for 2009 and proposed 2008-2009 Budget and related items.
Tony Guidroz, Director of Economic Development/Tourism, gave a report on the following:
• Pecan Capital Trade Days: 200 out-of-town visitors in June, 168 in July, and 74 in August;
• Movie in The Park: June attendance-200 and July attendance-100;
• Two new businesses in town;
• Advertise with nine radio stations and local News;
• Check out the new website connected to RV parks; and
• Look ahead to October 8-12 Old Cars displayed and Memorial Day's 2500 Gypsy Motorcycles.
Al Hamrick reported that his computer was replaced and working now and five attended the recent Fire School.
Stan Weik, City Manager, gave an update on the lawsuit with the company of the water park equipment. The owner of the company fired his attorney and isn't communicating, so the next step is to go to court.
Gale Ivy went to school recently relating to her job as City Secretary.
An update on the new transformer installations included 30 new poles put up in 22 days.
The new Animal Control Officer, Jake Sheppard, was introduced. Two other City Employee workers, Jessy Gonzales and Juan Montoya, were welcomed.
Scott Glaze showed a video of the following: Water Department taking care of a water leak; summer help painting Joe Ragsdale Park; house demolition; old swimming pool area clean-up; Brown Street repaving; construction of brick wall in progress; painting at Water Department; ditch cleaning; new long-haul truck; new electric lines, and new sign at RV Park.
Mayor Ken Jordan called the meeting adjourned. After a short break, the Council went to a closed Executive Session.
Council members attending were: Ken Jordan, Marvin Riggs, Shawn Oliver, Martha Leigh Whitten, Charles Peeler, Oleta Behrens; and Stan Weik, City Manager. Those signed in were: Scott Glaze, Tony Guidroz, Buddy Whitley, James Jones, Susie Jimenez, Al Hamrick, Fred Hardy, Steve Faught, Diane Hernandez, Anthony Richards, Teresa Gibson, April Gibson, Jacob Sheppard, Margie Keeney, Kevin Keeney and Buddy Adams. Also attending were: Gale Ivy, Charlene Lindsey, Keith Shahan, Reta Peel, Steve Dyer, and Alice Smith, reporter for San Saba News & Star.