Levelland City Council held a regular meeting on Monday night.
As the city ends their fiscal year, the end of September they took action on some budget amendments to bring everything in the 2017-2018 budget in line with year end. One of the amendments had to do with special funds that the police chief and municipal judge have sole authority on, all of those funds are seized funds. They also approved an amendment for a grant received to pay for body armor for the police department.
The council also approved the annual services agreement with the Levelland Chamber of Commerce. It was approved with no discussion. The contract includes Hotel Occupancy Tax Fund Administration in which the city pays $20,000 to the chamber for this portion of their contract. They are also agreed to pay monthly installments of $5,833.33 from the Hotel Occupancy Tax Fund for operation of Event Marketing and Coordination. The city also pays $15,000 annually for general administrative services for the Chamber. The final portion of the contract includes a $4,166 per month to the Chamber for Keep Levelland Beautiful program operation.
The council also approved funding through Hotel Occupancy Tax funds for two new events to be held in Levelland. One of those events is a Rabbit Show to be held at the Mallet Event Center in May and the second event is auditions for Texas Small School Bands West Area to be held at the high school.
The council also approved minor changes to the Main Street Bylaws.
The council also approved a Meals on Wheels contract for $24,000 with the Hockley County Senior Citizens Association. The contract was approved with little discussion.
The council also approved a cash lease contract with JMB Cattle Company for an annual payment of $45,000 on a three year contract. The contract is currently for $40,500 and ends December 31, 2018.
The council also approved a resolution to obtain a utility easement from Jose and Teresa Montemayor at 1901 Avenue H as well as an easement from Hockley County for a small piece of property on the Mallet Event Center property. The utility easements will allow the city to tie into the new water line with minimal damage to streets or the new entrance area at the Mallet.
The council also approved the creation of a Premier Money Market Bank Account at City Bank for the City of Levelland as well as the Levelland EDC and Levelland CDC. The new account will help the city earn a higher interest rate and keep money locally.
The council took action to approve Levelland EDC to participate in the TexPool Investment Pool. It was noted, this may not be done immediately however, the city and EDC wants to have the option available.
The council also took action to approve Levelland Community Development Corporation to participate in the TexPool Investment Pool if needed.
They also took action to approve Levelland Community Development Corporation to participate in the Texas Class Investment Pools.
The council also took action to approve an ordinance governing game rooms and amusement redemption machines in Levelland. The city manager noted that recently a business that would be classified as a game room opened in downtown Levelland and the city attorney noted that the current ordinance needed re-written. The city attorney said that another ordinance will be coming later as a zoning ordinance once it is approved by the planning and zoning commission.
The council also approved an ordinance setting the garbage, water, and street light rates on a second and final reading. The new rates will take effect October 1, 2018. The changes include a one dollar increase to the water availability fee to cover the $842,000 loan for the South 385 water line project as required by TxDOT, 25 cent increase to the street light fee to cover the costs that Xcel Energy bills the city and a 2% increase in garbage rates to cover Republic Services rate increase. The total average increase will total less than $2 each month. The ordinance was approved on a second and final reading.
The council also approved an ordinance on second reading for a negotiated settlement with Atmos Energy West Texas.