The Levelland City Council held a regular meeting Monday night. The following is a full report from the meeting.
The council also approved an interlocal agreement with Hockley County to host the May election. The agreement is the same as the one approved last year with no changes.
The council approved the Levelland Community Development Corporation park projects for 2016-2017. Those projects include 2 park pavilions at the Country Club Park and the replacement of the LG Griffin Park playground. It was also noted that the city has applied for a Texas Parks and Wildlife Department grant and if approved they will replace the playground in the Kauffman Park. The CDC approved the project for this year with an estimated $59,000 budget. It was noted that they will be looking at the playground at Sherman Street park in the future.
The Keep Levelland Beautiful group is asking the city council to approve a temporary moratorium on new freestanding and illuminated signs in Levelland. City Manager Rick Osburn noted that the Keep Levelland Beautiful group has requested a 6 month moratorium and he does not feel that is necessary and recommended 90 days. The city attorney noted that it would not apply to a sign on a building but would include any freestanding or illuminated signs. It was noted that this applies only to permanent free standing signs which require a building permit. The council approved the ordinance on a first reading placing a moratorium on signs for 90 days. The ordinance will not take effect until it is approved on a second reading.
The council also took action to approve issuing a request for qualifications for engineering services for seal coating 9 streets which were considered heavily damaged in the winter storm in 2015 and was approved for funding of Federal money through Texas Division of Emergency Management of the Texas Department of Public Safety. This is in addition to the regional seal coat program which the city will take part in as well. It was noted that most of these streets are heavily traveled streets in town not residential streets.
The council also approved appointing the City Manager, Assistant City Manager, Public Works Director, Director of Streets and Sanitation and Council Member, Billy Youngblood to serve on the selection review committee for the procurement of engineering services for this specific project.
The council also approved the resale of property at 607 W. Washington St for $300.
The council also approved an ordinance on second reading requiring a Certificate of Occupancy before any building or structure can be used in the city. This will not effect current property unless it is sold or the occupant changes or if remodeling is done. This ordinance also will not apply to single family structures.