Pleasanton Mayor Travis Hall congratulated City Manager Johnny Huizar on his appointment to the Texas Municipal Retirement System’s Board of Trustees at the February 6 meeting. The board oversees the retirement system of eligible employees of more than 800 cities, Hall noted. Huizar was appointed by Texas Governor Greg Abbott. Senator Pete Flores will attend the Feb. 20 council meeting to formally swear Huizar into that position.
Hall then proclaimed February as Teen Dating Violence Awareness Month. In Texas, he noted, teens are vulnerable to partner violence at three times the national average. Only 33 percent ever tell anyone, statistics reveal. It can only be prevented by raising awareness and providing training to those who deal with this problem.
The mayor presented the proclamation to Andrea Rathmell, Director of Education Outreach at Safer Path Family Violence Shelter. The shelter provides many services to those in need. A list of their services and needs are noted on their Facebook page.
Rusty Prasifka invited the council and the public to attend the Grand Opening of the new JP3 Office in Jourdanton on Feb. 14 from 11 a.m. – 1 p.m. The new facility also includes a weigh station, he noted.
City Manager’s Report
Johnny Huizar reported city crews have been extremely busy with many on-going projects:
• Utility crews making preparations for the Fifth Street project, beginning with installation of the PRV on Monday. Repairs were made on the Crestline water well which will be back online once three samples have passed bacteriological testing.
• Street department is working on base foundation for three additional parking lots at the River Park for approximately 100 more parking spots.
• Staff is working on a budget for a Memorial Day Celebration beginning on Saturday, May 23, at 3 p.m. Event begins with a ceremony at the Freedom Center followed by a family picnic in the River Park with music, activities and fireworks.
• Plans are being made for a new metal building to house the windmill collection donated by Jim Culloms to the Longhorn Museum.
• The EMC reported they are finishing up the application process for funding through two USDA programs: (1) A Business Incubator to support business start-ups by providing office space for 12-24 months. Funds would pay for renovations and office equipment for property owned by the city at 1507 W. Goodwin.
• Second USDA project is for construction of two new airport hangers. Estimated cost is $344,894. Congressman Henry Cuellar’s office supports both programs, he noted.
• EMC held a Federal Procurement Workshop on Jan. 16 at Coastal Bend College with twelve local business owners participating.
• EMC has scheduled a State Business Workshop on Feb. 27 to discuss steps required for businesses to be properly registered in Texas and how to seek state procurement contracts. Senator Pete Flores’ Office worked with EMC Strategy Group to secure participation of these state agencies, Huizar noted.
Appraisal District Report
Joe Rodriguez informed council that more board members are urgently needed as more folks are protesting their taxes. Members work 8 hours/ day during the busy time. The job pays $100/ day plus mileage for four months. Work begins in April and is a service to the taxpayer, he noted.
At the request of the city manager, council approved a building lease agreement for property located at 123 N. Main Street. Lease will run from Feb. 7 – Jan. 31 at $800/ month.
Fire Chief Chuck Garris reported that during January the department answered a total of 48 calls for a total of 411 Man Hours. The department performed six inspections; attended pipe line training at the Civic Center; attended Active Shooter Training at the high school; Mentor Training Class; attended Leadership Conference in San Marcos; Hosted the County Fire Meeting and hosted the annual Rescue School with 65 students and 15 towns.
Council approved a Request for Proposals for the header curb on Pulliam Drive; approved re-plat of Lot 3A and 3B Block 367 of the North Pleasanton Addition Subdivision; Adopted Ordinance 20-1239 setting a stop sign at the intersection of Colony and Stone Haven; Adopted Resolution 200-20 authorizing an application for financial assistance with the US Dept. of Agriculture, Community Facilities Direct Loan Program and authorizing signatories for all documents related.
Some council members will be attending an Elected Officials Conference near Dallas on March 5 so the Regular Session of council will be held on Tuesday, March 3, 2020.