The Levelland City Council met Monday night in a regular meeting. The full report from that meeting is below.
The council reviewed a request from the Levelland ISD Cheer Program to host a Midnight Madness softball tournament on November 4-5. Money raised will benefit the cheer program. Cheer coach Kayla Rodriguez said the event would take place beginning at 5pm on November 4 and continue through Saturday morning November 5 at 8am. The council approved the request with little discussion.
Mary Siders spoke to the council to request funds from the Motel Occupancy Tax fund for 5 events to be held at the Mallet. The Texas High School Power Lifting meet on March 3-4, High Plains Junior Rodeo Association on November 18-20, 2017; Tri State HS Junior High Rodeo Finals in April 2017, Junior Rodeo Cowboys Assn Finals in July 2017. The Mallet is currently bidding this event which is currently being held in Vernon and Childress; and Circle P Rodeo on 6 different dates. It was noted that these events are required to meet some criteria and they also are required to submit reports after the event is over. The applications for funding was approved with little discussion.
The council also authorized staff to go out for a request for proposals for an operator for the farm which joins the Levelland Oxy Sports Complex. City Manager Rick Osburn said the Master Plan calls for development of that property however, he does not see that happening in the next 3-5 years. He is proposing a 3 year lease on the property. The current operator is B.J. Kennedy and that lease expires in December 2016.
The council also approved an agreement with Texas Municipal League Multi-State Intergovernmental Employee Benefits Pool to continue to provide oversight for the Continuation of Coverage Benefits (COBRA) coverage which is required by federal law.
The council also took action on an agreement with the Texas Department of Transportation for the 2016-2017 Routine Airport Maintenance Program. The program has been utilized for various projects at the airport in the past. This year they are looking at some roof repairs on a terminal hangar as well as some repairs to the Airport parking lot. They are currently asking for a $12,000 grant. They approved with little discussion.
The council also approved going out for bids on vehicles and equipment budgeted in the new budget year including 3 marked police vehicles, breathing air filling compressor for the fire department, pickup truck and mower for the parks department and 2 mowers and utility vehicle for the cemetery department.
The council agreed to allowing the purchase of 1 standard Kubota Mower, 2 Zero Turn Kubota Mower and 1 Utility Vehicle for the parks and cemetery department through the buy board program at a total cost of $64,137.56 which is within the budget of $65,000. These are the same mowers and utility vehicles included in the bid item approved by council. They can now be purchased without using the bidding process.