Jourdanton Mayor Robert Williams and city council members Raul Morales, Patsy Tymrak- Daughtrey, Karen Pesek and Jack Harrison honored local students enlisted in the military and proclaimed May 9-15 as National Police Week.
The mayor announced and paid tribute to graduating high school students who have joined the military: Christopher Bray – Marines; Julian Baugh – Air Force; Jacob Brister – Army; Joshua Santee, Coast Guard.
The mayor then proclaimed May 9-15 as National Police Week in the city of Jourdanton. He stated that the city understands the responsibilities of the police – to protect the public, noting that the department has grown.
Sgt. Investigator Mari Kaufman responded that the week honoring police was first established by President John F. Kennedy. In 2020 there were 262 reported deaths of officers.
Three citizens appeared to voice their concerns. The first speaker, age 73, stated how disappointed she is in the condition of streets which are full of holes. She noted she has to go out of her way to get around. When visiting the cemetery, it is impossible to get around the pot holes, she noted.
The second speaker stated a drunken driver on Hwy. 97 had destroyed her home. She has been out of her home for two months while waiting for a replacement mobile home.
A third told council local roads are not in great condition. Streets have potholes and are deteriorating. He stated the county has said there is nothing in the budget to fix the roads. He also noted the roads around the high school have been damaged by heavy equipment.
Many elderly people walk down roads with potholes. He requested council to place this problem on their radar.
Council approved minutes of the regularly called meetings on April 5, April 19 and April 22, 2021; and the First Quarter Investment Report. Tymrak- Daughtrey cast the only “no” vote.
She noted a typographical error on the Agenda Item regarding the date on the investment report, listing the first quarter as Oct. 1-Dec. 30, 2021, when it should have been 2020.
Members discussed an application from Amalia and Cleofas Pena for a Special Use permit for property on Hwy. 97 currently zoned as a Single-Family Residential Property to allow a manufactured home on the property. City Manager Lamar Schulz noted taxes were up to date and recommended approval.
After reconvening following a closed session, Raul Morales made a motion recommending approval of the property, seconded by Patsy Tymrak Daughtrey. Council unanimously approved the permit.
A Public Hearing was held for application of a Special Use permit for property on Hickory Street by William and Marianne McCleary to allow a manufactured home on the property. There was no response so council reconvened into open session, and the permit was approved unanimously.
The city’s Financial Advisor, Andrew Friedman, requested council approve an ordinance authorizing the issuance of Certificates of Obligation, Series 2021. Payment of certificates would be by levy of an ad valorem tax on all taxable property within the city.
He suggested using Ad Valorem taxes for flood infrastructure for the city. With a predicted 3% growth per year for three years, it would not put the onus on the city’s budget. Council unanimously approved the ordinance on a motion by Raul Morales, seconded by Karen Pesek.
City Manager Lamar Schulz and Financial Advisor Andrew Friedman presented a resolution approving a grant agreement in the amount of $300,954 and a related escrow agreement, authorizing the mayor, city manager, city secretary or their designees, to execute any related documents. Request was unanimously approved.
Friedman then recommended to council that they refund revenue bonds to take advantage of low interest rates. He stated it looks like the city could lock in a 2.24% rate and save money and get out of debt sooner. He compared it to refinancing a home.
Karen Pesek made a motion, seconded by Jack Harrison to refund the revenue bonds. Tymrak- Daughtrey commented the city is way behind, even in sales taxes and experiencing a steady decline. She stated that 4.5% in 2008 was a very good interest rate. Having received the package late, she had no time to consult with anyone and moved to table the item until the next meeting. Her motion died for lack of a second. Council approved the motion to refund the revenue bonds with Tymrak-Daughtrey casting the only negative vote.
Council approved a Professional Services Agreement with 6S Engineering, Inc. for services on the Main Street Drainage Project on a motion by Pesek, seconded by Morales with Tymrak-Daughtrey voting against the motion.
After discussion, council approved a motion amending Building Regulations regarding prohibited fences – no construction over 4 feet, no opaque building materials, prohibit anything that restricts view, particularly at corners.
Tymrak-Daughtrey objected, stating the current regulations have been on the books for years, noting one resident has a solid metal wall and the issue should have been tabled to get more input. Her motion to table died for lack of a second.
Finance Director Lara Feagins reached out to three financial institutions to finance three vehicles for Public Works, one for the PD and one for Code Enforcement. She secured a five-year term lease at 3.48% with first payment due Sept. 21.
Council unanimously approved the budget calendar for Fiscal Year 2021- 2022 and also approved rewording the Code of Ordinances regarding water reconnections and transfer charges to clarify the ordinance.
Council also unanimously granted permission for the San Antonio Area Metal Detecting Club to use the Jourdanton City Park and old ball fields for a club hunt Saturday, June 5.
City Manager Schulz reported the following:
• The city will still be able to get coronavirus funds from the State;
• Building Permits issued on 33 vacant lots for construction of new homes;
• City is working on a two-block stretch to replace water meters;
• Work continues on reconstruction of LaGarde Avenue & Peach Street;
• Brush/Bulk Pickup Dates are July 19-25;
• All facilities are working at the Sports Complex Ball Field Facility.
Mayor Williams reminded everyone of the VFD BBQ Cook-off on this past Friday and Saturday, and the first annual All Coaching & Football Team event Saturday at 7 p.m. at the Pleasanton Football Stadium with money raised going to scholarships for athletes.
Meeting was adjourned.