The City Council of San Saba, Texas met for a regular meeting on Monday, November 17th at 6 p.m. in the City Hall Council Chambers. Mayor Ken Jordan called the meeting to order followed by the invocation and everyone joined for the pledges to the American and Texas flags.
The Minutes from the October 14, 2008 Council Meeting and the payment of bills presented to the Council were approved.
The Council took action on the following items:
*The Council discussed the request from North San Saba Water Supply Cooperative for the City of San Saba to take over operation of their water system. After information pertaining to the cost to implement this and other conditions, the Council rejected the request.
*Stan Weik explained the updated Sick Leave Bank Policy.
*A new agreement with the Chamber of Commerce was discussed. Some of the agreements with the Chamber have previously been verbal and will now be implemented in writing.
*A committee of six revised and updated the City of San Saba Personnel Policies Manual. Gale Ivy explained the revisions.
Scott Glaze was honored to help Stan Weik present the “Joe Ragsdale Employee of the Month” award for November to Juan Montoya. Juan has transformed the recyling plant and well deserving of this award.
Scott introduced new Water Department employee Eugene Perez. Eugene has a Class A - CDL and will be driving a truck beyond the city for supplys and other duties.
The City Manager reported the following:
a. The update on the Water Park Law Suit is that their attorney’s appealed our court action and so we are back to Court again with a counter offer to find out “where the money went.”
b. Three departments gave reports on their projects:
1. Jake Shepherd, Animal Control, answered questions about a report given to the City Council. He reported that there is a stray cat problem and he is taking care of skunks in the city, also.
2. Wayne Yarbrough gave a Water Department Report. They are painting buildings; grant is still in process; replacing some lines; getting samples from grease traps; selling grease traps at cost; deadline for grease ordinance is April; working on a list of things from Engineer’s inspection and listed a small percentage of water loss from leaks, etc.
3. Roger Verette, Electric Department, gave a report on the progress of the new electric lines for the entire city. The wood poles are being replaced by tall metal ones and in some business areas concrete poles. LCRA sold the city seven concrete poles - 50 ft. long weighing 15,000 lbs. each for $7,000. Six poles were priced from another company for $34,000. Scott Glaze showed a video of projects: building the mobile stage and it’s completion with ramp, awning and flags; brush clearing on CR 104; street improvements; culvert repairs and replacements; routine water leaks; Great Wall at Park showing last rock in completion; landscaping at Mill Pond; Nature Trail restoration; painting Water Plant storage facility; concrete pad being poured at Recycling Center; new concrete poles installation; preparing for Christmas decorations; a new Ford Ranger (four ordered, have three at this time).
Stan Weik reported that the remodeling of the City Hall and Council Chamber will be started very soon and done by City Employees; new computers have been ordered. Stan announced that Marvin Riggs was celebrating a birthday today so everyone sang Happy Birthday. Marvin is 84 years young.
Those in attendance at the meeting were: Mayor Ken Jordan; Aldermen: Marvin Riggs, Shawn Oliver, Martha Leigh Whitten, Oleta Behrens; City Manager Stan Weik; Economic Dev./ Tourism Tony Guidroz; City Treasurer Charlene Lindsay; City Secretary Gale Ivy; City Employees: Scott Glaze, Wayne Yarborough, Dorothy Prescott, Al Hamrick, Jake Shepherd, Eugene Perez, Juan Montoya, Robert Carroll, Roger Verette, Buddy Whitley and Kenneth Sherwood; Carol Yarborough, Lolli Hamrick and San Saba News & Star Reporter Alice Smith.