Levelland City Council held their regular meeting on Monday night.
During the open forum portion of the meeting Michael Wiiest spoke to thank the council and city staff for their hard work during this fiscal year. He said “everyone wants more but wants to pay less.” He noted the great job that the city did in hosting the Cal Ripken Baseball tournament two weeks ago. He did ask that the council address the sound system at the Oxy Sports Complex. He also thanked the city department heads for their service and said he feels the city is very well managed.
The council also took action to approve a final plat request for a new Braum’s Restaurant to be constructed on property at 503 East Highway 114 located in front of the shopping center east of Wal-Mart. The request was submitted by Parkhill, Smith and Cooper who is working with the Braum’s Company. The newly platted area will be known as the Braum’s Addition. It was noted that a building permit has not been issued for the new facility, however, sewer line relocation and other preliminary work is underway on the site.
The council also took action to allow for a variance in the hours of operation of the Oxy Sports Complex for the Levelland Girls Softball Association. The league is planning a tournament on Friday, August 10 and Saturday, August 11th beginning at 5:00 pm on Friday and continuing until 11:00 pm on Saturday. It was noted that a member of the city staff will be on duty and on site during the tournament.
The council is approving an inter-local agreement with the City of Plainview to allow Vector Disease Control International to perform aerial mosquito spraying if needed. The Levelland City Manager stated, at this time, “I do not see the need for aerial spraying at this time.” If approved the city will move forward to get clearance from the FAA and could exercise the option for spraying in the future when needed.
The council also approved the quarterly investment report. It was noted that the city’s pooled investments in entities such as TexPool are earning higher rates than the banks and the city will be looking at moving some of their money to those if the rates hold.
The council authorized selling a 2011 Dodge Charger which is a surplus vehicle for the police department. Slaton ISD will purchase the vehicle from the city at a cost of $4,000 including the Emergency Lightbar, Siren, Console, Light and Siren Control Unit, and Push Bumper.
The council authorized re-appointing Elgin Conner and Sham Myatt to an additional three year term on the LEDC board.
The council authorized reappointment of Billy Youngblood, Bruce White, Donnie Thomas and Tushar Bhakti to another term on the Community Development Board.
They also reappointed Russell Vest and Donnie Thoms to another term on the TIF Zone #1 and Todd Paxton to another term on the TIF Zone #2.
The council approved Michael Stueart and Kayla Neuhaus to another term on the Planning and Zoning Board and David Duffee and Crystal Lewis to another term on the Zoning Board of Adjustment and Michael Stueart and Crystal Lewis to another term on the Housing Standards Commission.