Michael Wiiest spoke to the council concerning park conditions during the public comment portion of the meeting. He serves on several boards for youth baseball and softball teams as well as serving on the Levelland Community Development board. He stated that 5 years ago when he moved to town he must agree that City Park did not look real promising. He said as field representative for teams this year he commended the City Staff and Parks Director John Cobb for the conditions at City Park. He said there was light problems this year at the city park, but, city employees also worked to get it fixed as soon as they were made aware of it. He said he agrees with the statement made at the last meeting that city parks need help, but, there has been a marked improvement over the past 12 months. “We are doing good things at city park”. He pointed out with the new Oxy Sports Complex you will still be able to fill all of the fields. He commends the city staff on a job well done–I was proud to invite other teams to our parks to play. City Council member Max Ledesma thanked him for his comment and said we will see what else we can do to help parks.
The City Council also approved closing streets in downtown for Early Settlers Day which has been the custom in the past. The council approved an agreement between the City of Levelland and Texas Department of Transportation to cover the portion of Ave. H closing and Houston street between Ave. G and H.
The council approved re-appointing Shannon Himango as the city’s representative on the Canadian River Municipal Water Authority.
The council also took action to approve a street light at the intersection of Hartford and Holly streets in Levelland. It was noted that development is occurring on Hartford street and now there are 3 home on Hartford and there is not yet a street light at that intersection.
The city council reviewed the only 2 bids received for Bank Depository Services for the City. They were from Platinum Bank and City Bank. It was noted that all seven banks in Levelland were provided with an opportunity to submit a bank depository proposal. After reviewing both proposals the city staff recommended and the council approved the agreement with City Bank, because of the extra security they will provide for the city deposits. City Bank has been the depository for the City for the past several years.
The city also approved the names of city representatives to handle city financial transactions. The City Finance Director, Daniel Downs is the primary Representative and City Manager Rick Osburn is the secondary. City Secretary Beth Walls and Director of Community Development Erik Rejino were appointed as representatives in the event of an emergency.
The city also approved the purchase of 4 pieces of equipment to be used at the landfill. It was noted that the bids come in approximately $150,000 below budget.
The meeting was conducted by Mayor ProTem Max Ledesma in the absence of Mayor Waymon Jackson.