The Levelland City Council met Thursday night for a regular meeting. The full report from that meeting is below.
The council discussed and authorized entering into a 3 year lease agreement for the Levelland Oxy Sports Complex farm. They authorized leasing to Wells Produce for an annual payment of $6,900. The current farmer was paying $2300 per year.
The council authorized requests for the South Plains Jackpot Pig Show, Ring of Success Pig Sale and LISD Basketball tournament for funding through the Motel Occupancy Tax Fund. There is currently $459,000 in the Motel Occupancy Tax fund.
The council also discussed minor revisions to the Main Street bylaws to facilitate the program moving to the City from the Chamber of Commerce.
The council also approved the City of Levelland Quarterly Investment Report with little discussion.
In January of 2016 the city applied for a grant for a new ladder truck for the department, however, the department was informed recently that they did not receive the grant. At this time the council authorized applying for a FEMA grant for the same purpose. If approved it will be a $1 Million grant which would pay for the majority of the cost of a ladder truck. The truck would be a 100 foot ladder truck. It would also require more manpower in order to comply with state law. It was noted at this time the city does not have the $310,000 to fund the city match in the general fund but could use the Capitol Improvements fund if needed. However, it was noted that it would likely be 2 years before we would need to fund the truck if the grant was approved.
The council also took action to form the Levelland Cemetery Advisory Committee. The committee will include 1 member from each funeral home, 3 Citizen Members and the City Manager or his designee. They appointed Jim Cole, Mary Shakespeare and Ryan Bean as the citizens on the committee.
The council also considered proposed rule changes to the Levelland Cemetery. The first change in the rules consists of changing the definition of an oversize vault from 40 inches to 38 inches. The new rule will require the purchase of a second lot if a vault is more than 38 inches in size.
The second rule change would be to allow the use of poly vaults which is being used by one local funeral home and seems to be a new trend.