There was a lot of good news and much progress reported when Pleasanton City Council met on April 4. Mayor Pro-tem Robert Leonhardt presided with all council members present, in the absence of Mayor Travis Hall who was out of town.
Council unanimously accepted a bid from Wells Construction for $702,000 to construct group pavilions and restrooms for the River Park Renovation at the request of City Engineer John Metting.
Council member Robert Earl Wood commented, “It’s nice to see local people finally beginning to bid on our projects.”
City Manager Johnny Huizar advised council that J.J. Roberts reported that jet fuel sales were approximately $8,000 in March, almost double the average monthly sale of $4,200. Airport traffic has picked up, he noted.
Huizar informed council he will be attending the TxDOT Aviation Conference where the City of Pleasanton has been nominated for an award for the “Most Improved Municipal
Huizar updated progress on the Park Project. Street crews have begun sub-grade preparation for the foundation work needed to begin construction of restrooms and pavilions. Doing the work in-house has helped reduce the contract price, he noted. The street crew is finishing up base work for the parking lots and new Upper Street.
They have begun work on the new lower road with cul-de-sac and parking. This segment starts from the Skate Park down to the river and will serve as parking for those wanting to fish. It will also lead into walking trails through the park or pecan orchard. The staff has also met with a consultant regarding repairing erosion damage at the Bensdale bridge.
Huizar informed council that AEP has begun removing old wood poles around the park. All new power lines at the park will be underground, utilizing the new conduit raceway through the park done in-house by parks staff.
City Projects: Parks and Recreation Director Greg Leach and City Engineer John Metting are finalizing the next TxDOT Transportation Alternatives Set-Aside Program/ Safe Routes to School (SRTS) Grant application due April 12, for the Bryant Street Sidewalk Project. The sidewalks will provide a safer path for students who walk to school each day.
Water crews located the 8-inch water main from Pulliam/Crestline up to Goodwin/FM 3350. With this data, the city engineer can complete the design layout for the new 12-inch water line project on Pulliam, Huizar told council. City crews have been busy repairing water main breaks on Live Oak Street near Crown Hill due to road
District Report: Joe Rodriguez informed council that almost 8,000 of 10,000 appraisals have been done. He acknowledged that folks are unhappy with what they hear regarding their taxes but the staff at the district are willing to explain it and do a great job, he noted. The district has been in touch with state politicians to see what they might do regarding the state’s tax rate.
Council unanimously passed the following items:
* Approval of CASA to host a 5K Run on April 13, and allow police support;
* Disapproval of the Re-Plat of Lot 13 & 14 from a portion of Lots 9 & 10 Carter Subdivision
* Approval of the declaration of surplus items as requested by Public Works Director David Alviso
* Approval of the rescheduling of the April 18, 2019 Regular Session to Wednesday, April 17
* Adopted Resolution 190-19 authorizing the giving of Notice of Intention to issue City of Pleasanton, Texas Combination Tax and Limited Pledge Revenue Certificates of Obligation, Series 2019; and declaring an effective date.
Executive Session: Council convened into Executive Session to consider two items concerning the Municipal Judge and Associate Municipal Judge.
Upon reconvening, council took the following action: Voted unanimously to appoint Sheila Garza as full time Municipal Judge; and voted unanimously to dismiss Associate Municipal Judge Christina Mejia.
Meeting was then adjourned.