The council held a public hearing to consider changing the zoning of three pieces of property from single family 1 to single family 2. The lots are in the far northeastern portion of the city. It is near County Road and Ellis intersections. One of the property owners, purchased the property with intention of putting a mobile home on the property, he believed that it was outside the city limits however, it was voluntarily annexed in 2008 and the city does not supply utilities to the location. Another property owner also said he purchased the property with the understanding it was outside the city limits and he could place a mobile home on it, that lot was also voluntarily annexed in 2008. Following the public hearing, the ordinance was approved to change all three lots to single family 2 on a first reading.
The council also took action on a request for $20,000 from the Hotel Occupancy Tax Fund to support the 2018 Cal Ripken Baseball Tournament. The committee recommended approval of the request. The tournament will be held July 12-17, 2018 in Levelland at the Oxy Sports Complex and will also use the Mallet and hotels in the city as well.
The council also heard a Main Street update from Missy Passmore, Director of the Levelland Main Street Program. The Levelland Main Street Advisory Board recently completed a strategic plan workshop with the Texas Downtown Association and the Texas Downtown Association also performed an assessment on the downtown area. This is the Main Street’s 20th year, one of the oldest in the state. Some of the impressions from the assessment include the fact that most downtown businesses are closed at 5:30 pm. It was also noted that the downtown events are popular and well attended. Some of the weaknesses noted in the downtown area include parking, empty space, safety of pedestrians, need for more restaurants, building maintenance and lack of incentives. The strengths noted include Support of the city, partnerships with businesses, courthouse square, volunteers for downtown events and engagement of merchants with Main Street. It was also reported that the Main Street program held three events in 30 days time since October. It was noted that Ladies Night Out, over 700 people attended the event. It was also noted that the Lighted Christmas Parade and Christmas on the Square was very successful.
The council held a public hearing on the Texas Community Development Block Grant program. Currently the Levelland EDC has a prospect that is considering locating their business in the Levelland Industrial Rail Park. The project will likely need additional infrastructure depending on which lot they locate on. It is not known for sure if the prospect will locate in Levelland, however, this is a necessary step in preparing for making application for a grant to pay for establishing utilities to the prospective site. No one spoke during the public hearing.
The council also took action to authorize staff to issue a request for qualifications for engineering services related to Texas Community Development Block Grant Program and the Economic Development Administration’s Economic Development Assistance programs. It was approved on a unanimous vote.
The council also took action to appoint a selection review committee related to procurement of engineering services related to project. They are appointing city manager, assistant to city manager, Director of Economic Development and Council Member Jim Myatt.
The council also approved a revised plat for Lot 6A of the Levelland Industrial Rail Park. This corrects a mistake when it platted previously.
The council also took action to order the City of Levelland general election for Saturday, May 7, 2018. This year we elect a councilmember for District A and District C for two year terms and a Mayor to a three year term.
The council also approved the Quarterly Investment report.