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Sharon Buendel, Executive Coordinator in the Public Works Department, announced her retirement after 20 years of service with the City of Pleasanton. The mayor, city council and city manager paid tribute to her years with the city. They commended her for her dedication and commitment to the city, as well as her efficiency and loyalty. She was credited with playing a vital role in improvements in the department. CHRISTELLE TROELL | PLEASANTON EXPRESS

Sharon Buendel, Executive Coordinator in the Public Works Department, announced her retirement after 20 years of service with the City of Pleasanton. The mayor, city council and city manager paid tribute to her years with the city. They commended her for her dedication and commitment to the city, as well as her efficiency and loyalty. She was credited with playing a vital role in improvements in the department. CHRISTELLE TROELL | PLEASANTON EXPRESS

It was the news everyone had been waiting for. After complaints from the Pleasanton City Council, a posting on Facebook by the Pleasanton Express which resulted in hundreds of responses concerning the lack of phone service and the dangers that imposed, AT&T has responded. The communications company sent three officials who met with the city.

At the Sept. 20 council meeting, Mayor Travis Hall stated that AT&T officials are very aware of the problems and are working as fast as possible.

“We, the city, will help expedite the process along,” Hall reported.

City Manager Johnny Huizar, during his report, stated the city had met with AT&T, expressed their concerns and issues with land lines. While the city can take care of some of this, he noted, the option is a new tower and that is being considered. The city will do anything it can, he said, adding “I think we will get there faster than we thought.”

National Night Out – Mayor Hall proclaimed Oct. 2 as the 35th annual National Night Out in the City of Pleasanton.

City Manager’s Report: Huizar reported that construction is scheduled on Hwy. 97 between Bryant Street and Plestex Ave. Businesses will be notified before construction begins and traffic will be diverted to Goodwin St.

City officials went to Austin on Oct. 1 with 13 other cities to meet with TxDOT. The city was awarded a grant for rehab of the airport taxi and runways, but do not know the amount of the grant. The city is making other improvements at the airport and is working with TxDOT. Construction is set to start Oct. 2.

Ribbon Cutting: Pleasanton Fire Chief Chuck Garris announced that the ribbon cutting at the new fire station located at the Pleasanton Municipal Airport will take place on Oct. 5 at noon. Tours of the new station will be available from noon to 3 p.m.

Employee Recognized – Mayor Hall announced that Sharon Buendel, who has served as Executive Coordinator in the Public Works Department, is retiring after 20 years of service. The mayor, council and city staff acknowledged her dedication and commitment to the city.

“She played a vital role in improvements the city has seen in the Public Works Department. She will be dearly missed,” Hall stated.

The city manager acknowledge her 20 years of service, stating, “You will be missed.”

Business Agenda: * Council approved renewal of the lease agreement between the City of Pleasanton and Woman’s Club for the 321 N. Main St. building;

 Approved the extension of the contract with EMC Strategy Group, LLC for business and economic development services;

 Approved re-plat of Lots 16-30 and 15” alley block 19 of North Pleasanton Addition Subdivision

 Approved cancellation of the Regular Session of City Council on Oct. 18 due to TML Annual Conference and Exhibition.

 Approved a lease agreement between the City and Air Methods Corp. at the Pleasanton Municipal Airport Fire Station building. “It is important to have this emergency service,” City Manager Huizar stated.

Ordinances: Council unanimously adopted Ordinance 18-1215 approving the budget for the fiscal year beginning Oct. 1, 2018 and ending Sept. 30, 2019.

Adopted Ordinance 18-1216 approving the ad valorem tax rate of $0.499763 per $100 valuation for FY 2018-2019.

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