The Levelland City Council held a regular meeting Monday night. The full report from that meeting is below.
The council held a public hearing on the proposed tax rate for 2016. The current rate is 73.52 cents per $100 property value. The rate which would raise the same amount of funds as the current year is 75.26 cents per $100 property value. The council is proposing a tax rate of 78 cents per $100 property value which is a 6.09% increase.
The council also held a public hearing on the Texas Capital Fund Main Street Program. This is an annual grant program open to designated Main Street cities in the State of Texas. The goal of the program is to aid in the elimination of slum and/or blight conditions for non-entitlement designated Main Street Cities. The city has applied in the past and has committed a cash match of $50,000 in order to maximize the grant application score. A few years ago the city began rolling over the match each year they were not funded. This past year they spent $150,000 in city money for sidewalk renovations downtown. Engineers have assessed the sidewalks downtown and based on that information along with input from the public hearing will be used to form a recommendation which will be acted on by the city council at a later date. The maximum grant to be awarded is $250,000. The application will be for sidewalk renovations. The area being considered includes areas west of the news press and areas on Austin Street across from the courthouse. During the public comment, Stephen Henry spoke to the council, he noted that his area near the News Press was part of last years projects. He asked the council to be sure they continue to work on this project and to continue to proceed with sidewalk improvements. It was noted that Texas DOT is doing a project on Houston Street in front of Champion Sports. Texas DOT said the project was bid in November and work should be done within a year. TxDOT had said they would start in outlying areas and end in Lubbock, however, they started in Lubbock and will finish in outlying areas. They have several projects in Levelland.
The council also took action to appoint Shelby Lewis, Joey Pierce and Sarah Osburn to fill open seats on the Main Street Advisory Board. The seats are currently filled by Juneta Mitchell, Anthony Padilla and Michael Wiiest whose terms will all expire September 30.
The council also approved the Quarterly Investment Report.
The council also took action to approve the sale of surplus police vehicles. 4 of those are vehicles which were recently replaced. The 5th one is a school resource officer vehicle as the School District has decided to go with only 2 officers this year and the city has absorbed the position which leaves a vehicle. The vehicles are a 2010 Dodge Charger, 2009 Ford Crown Victoria, 2008 Dodge Charger, 2007 Dodge Charger and a 2000 Ford Crown Victoria. They will be sold through a public online auction.
The council also approved the 2nd reading of an amendment to the Southwestern Public Service electric service franchise agreement.