The council discussed a request on a variance from the city ordinance that bans any establishment with an alcohol permit within 300’ of a church. Steve Newsom along with Chase Hill and Rowdy Bolen are asking for a variance to the rule to open a wine tasting room at 618 Ave. H. The long term goal with the tasting room is to offer the wines made from grapes in Hockley County. He noted that it is of the utmost importance to maintain a safe environment and absolutely no one under the age of 21 will be allowed unless accompanied by a parent. They also will NOT be open past 7pm on Wednesday nights and if open on Sunday it would only be open 1pm to 5pm. There was little discussion by the council and a resolution was approved allowing the variance for as long as the business only sells wine and maintains the hours discussed and continues to make sure no one under 21 is allowed without a parent.
The council also approved a request of $1500 for funding from the Motel Occupancy Tax Fund for the South Plains Jackpot Pig Show.
The council also cast all 265 of their allowed votes to Billy Youngblood to serve on the Hockley County Appraisal District Board of Directors.
The council also approved the monthly financial report.
The council also approved adding 3 street lights on Alamo Road to light in front of Rose Meadow Apartment. They will be installed on existing poles.
The council also took action to enter into an agreement with the Region VIII Education Service Center to participate in the Interlocal Purchasing System Program. Local governments are allowed to participate in Cooperative Purchasing in order to meet procurement requirements. It was noted that the city would still look at aquiring local first, however, many items are not available local. It was pointed out that Parks Director John Cobb has been looking at lighting for the softball field renovation project and has found a vendor with competitive pricing on this program and was not on the Buy Board which the city participates in.
The council also approved the purchase of a new Elgin Street Sweeper at a cost of $207,265 after $40,000 trade in for the old street sweeper. The street sweeper is on the lot and could be delivered in a short time. The city had budgeted $250,000.
The council also approved purchasing a motor grader from Warren Cat at a cost of just over $217,000 which is under the budgeted amount of $235,000.
The council also began the discussion for the need to regulate truck parking in residential areas. It was noted that most communities around us do have restrictions for parking trucks in a residential area. Several Council members have asked for the item to be discussed. It was pointed out that larger vehicles can block the view of drivers and pedestrians, creating safety hazards. Wider vehicles narrow the roadway available to other traffic. Parking larger longer vehicles on residential streets can block residential driveways or create visual barriers. Trucks often haul dangerous/hazordous substances. It was noted that the proposed ordinance would likely also affect motor homes as well. It was noted that several towns ban over night parking. This would not prohibit trucks from making deliveries. This ordinance is mainly looking at parking. This would only affect parking on the street or in the city right of way. The council will continue this discussion and will look at an ordinance at a later date.