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Date Posted: 13:48:52 07/01/17 Sat
Author: River Oaks Reporter
Subject: Synopsis of River Oaks City Council Meeting June 27, 2017
The meeting started on time. All members present with the exception of Councilman Holland.
The first item on the agenda was statement of elected office and oath of office for Dan Chisholm, City Council Place 5. Dan was sworn in. Council adjourned briefly for a short reception.
Council went into executive session involving an employee matter. Council approved the recommended termination of city employee.
Council then also approved the consent agenda.
Next item was election of mayor pro tem. A motion was made by Councilman Scott to give Joe Ashton a second consecutive term as mayor pro tem.
Next item for discussion was to consider waiving permit fees for Castleberry ISD to construct 150 ft tall tower at Castleberry Elementary so that they could transmit CISD internet services to students lap tops. The presentation was made by the school superintendent. The only questions from council was will this be approved by the base and if they waive the permit fees will the contractor give the school the discount for the permit fees being waived. It was also mentioned by the superintendent that they would be selling space on the tower. It was then brought up by Councilman Chisholm would they allow space for the police and fire dept. to put up their transmitters. With all of those questions put on the table council decided to not vote on this item until they get more information.
Council approved 21,650.00 for repairs on Unit G-8 garbage truck in our sanitation dept.
Next was an item brought up for the second time by Councilman Joe Ashton involving utility customers who have become deceased. In the past, Ashton has stated that he didn't like the way water dept. was handling the deceased accounts. He's example given this time was the recent death of a long-time resident and volunteer of our city. Ashton had given to city a notice of this person's death and that notice was used by the water dept. to immediately send out their letter that the water account name had to be changed. We did not get to see what the letter said, but all council members agreed it was a little harsh. The mayor felt this issue does not come up enough to change the system and didn't seem concerned with our the water dept. found out that the name on the water bill was deceased. Councilman Ashton also explained it had contacted five different cities and all of them seemed to be shocked at the way we handle this issue. Although all the cities felt the water bill needed to be changed as soon as possible. No firm change or wording to the current ordinance could be ironed out at this time so Councilman Ashton requested a 90 day moratorium on sending out the deceased letters. It was a 3-1 vote with Dan Chisholm voting against the 90 day stay.
Council approved payroll deductions for firearm purchases by our police officers. What this is officers want to update or add to their firearms can all come together and make one large purchase by the city which will hopefully get a major discount for our officers. Then the officers will have their paychecks deducted said amount throughout the year until firearms are paid for.
Council approved the 2018-2019 budget and tax schedule. No dates were given as to when they are going to have these meetings.
Council approved taking 5000.00 from the Park Board dollar fund for electrical work at McGee Park.
Council approved the sale of the property being lot 1, block 12 of Castleberry Gardens Addition for 10,000.00
Council approved the sale of the property being lot 19, block 4 of Oxford Hills Addition for 15,000.00. The mayor felt both numbers seemed a little low although the developer promised to build quickly according to city staff. Mayor requested that for sale signs be put up at these properties that the city sells off in the future.
Council approved denying the rate increase by Oncor Electric although the final negotiated rate will be higher.
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