The Levelland City Council held a joint meeting with the Levelland Community Development Corporation board.
They held a public hearing on the Sherman Street park playground replacement project. City Manager Erik Rejino noted that 10 years ago the playground was installed on the park by a Leadership Levelland group. The current playground is wood and due to high use and age it is in need of replacement. The city Community Development Corporation authorized $75,000 as a match for a grant which the city has applied for. The city applied for a grant through Small Community Grant Program through the Texas Department of Wildlife. The city was approved for the full grant of $75,000 and with the matching portion from the LCDC their would be enough to replace the playground equipment. It was noted that all existing playgrounds have been replaced with the exception of Sherman street park. The next step following the public hearing will be for the city to go out for a request for proposals from playground providers. According to state law, since the CDC is a Type B sales tax entity, no work on the project can start before 60 days from today. Following the public hearing, the CDC board recommended approval of the project to the city council. The city council approved moving forward with the Sherman Street park playground replacement project.
The council also approved city staff going forward with a request for proposals from playground providers for the replacement playground equipment. Each vender will be asked to provide three options for the city to evaluate. The council plans to approve the final bid in the summer of 2018.
The council also approved five different events for funding through the Hotel Occupancy Tax fund. They approved the Kings of the Ring Lamb and Goat Jackpot, SPC Rink Bownds Memorial Rodeo, Christmas Cash Classic, Circle P Rodeo Series and the Kicker Arenacross Show. Mary Siders commented that their is talk of building a facility with a dirt floor in Lubbock and Levelland will have to spend Hotel Occupancy tax funds to continue to be able to host events here.
The council approved the joint election agreement between Hockley County, South Plains College and the City of Levelland to allow the county elections administration office to administer the City of Levelland May 5th election.
The council took action to award a contract for the disinfection water system improvements. City council approved a contract with L. Howard Construction for installation of the system. The bid submitted by L. Howard Construction was $55,774.10 which is well under the budgeted amount of $250,000. It was noted that with engineering costs the total will likely be under $100,000.
The council took action to approve moving forward for a request for proposal to remove debris and cleanup property located at the southeast corner of Ave. T and Highway 114. They estimate the cost to exceed $50,000 which requires the city to do a request for proposals. The property owners have signed off allowing the city to move forward with demolition and they will be billed, if they do not pay the bill a lien will be put on the property. It was noted that the property will remain in the property owners name and they must keep the property up to code.
The council approved a memorandum of understanding and an Interlocal Agreement relating to the transfer of a repeater owned by the City of Levelland and City of Slaton. The council approved the agreements which will allow the City of Slaton to give the City of Levelland their 4 year old 100 watt repeater which they are replacing currently. The repeater was given to the City of Slaton through a grant with South Plains Association of Governments. The City of Levelland will continue the necessary reporting to satisfy requirements of the grant. Obtaining this repeater will save the City of Levelland a substantial amount of money and will improve radio service for first responders and improve police officer safety. It was also noted that Slaton needed a lower watt repeater to operate their storm siren system, our old repeater will work for that purpose, and, the council approved an agreement to give our old repeater to the City of Slaton.