Levelland City Council Holds Regular Meeting

The Levelland City Council met in a regular meeting on Monday night.

The council took action to approve an agreement with the Texas Department of Transportation to close Ave. H and Houston street for the Early Settlers Day event on July 13th.

The city took action on a settlement agreement regarding a lien on property at 1707 Austin Street. The city demolished a substandard building which was declared to be dangerous and uninhabitable on the property. They issued a lien on the property in the amount of $6,647.69. The owner of the property has since passed away and the family has offered to settle the lien in the amount of $3,000 which is well above the appraised value of the property. The council approved the offer with little discussion.

The council also tabled action on an agreement with the Levelland Housing Authority until the next meeting.

The council approved the Quarterly Investment Report for quarter ending December 31st, 2018 and March 31st, 2019.

The council took action to approve the bid for seal coating at the Levelland Cemetery. This is phase 1 of a 2 year project to completely seal coat the cemetery. They approved the low bid of $82,500 from RFBryer Paving, Coating and Construction out of Lubbock. Phase 1 includes the worst of the roadways, which is the original part west of the office. Phase 2 will include the main entrance off of Avenue H. According to recent estimates it appears that we will be able to widen the roadways, fix potholes and seal coat two sections with what is currently budgeted and will eliminate the third phase.

The council approved re-appointment of Jody Rose to two year term on Levelland Housing Authority Board.

They also reappointed Jody Rose and Rob Blair to a 3 year term on LEDC Board.

They also approved reappointment of Michael Wiiest, Frankie Ruiz and Kelly Read to the Levelland Community Development Board.

The council approved reappointment of Sham Myatt and Todd Paxton to another two year team on TIF Zone #1.

The council also approved reappointment of Sham Myatt to another two year term on TIF Zone #2.

The council approved reappointment of Butch Wade to another two year term on the Planning and Zoning Commission.

The council also approved reappointment of Butch Wade, Diane Lane and Tim Cook to serve another two year term on the Zoning Board of Adjustment.

Following a brief executive session the council approved a settlement agreement with the Surety Bond company for SpeedKrete, Inc on a downtown sidewalk project. The city began the sidewalk renovations in April of 2018 and halted work by SpeedKrete in June of 2018 after work they had completed was not up to the specs in the contract and they had caused damages to some downtown businesses. As part of the agreement, the city will pay the bonding agency the $132,079, which $38,416 will be held in an escrow for settlement of claims by a sub contractor and two Levelland businesses as well as the City of Levelland. $140,030 will be paid to Battery Warehouse to complete the work in the project not complete and to re do anything necessary by engineers. This project was initially partially paid for by a Texas Department of Agriculture grant and they have agreed to an extension until February of 2020 to allow for completion of the project. With the agreement the city will not be out any more money than the original amount. This project is on Austin Street, south of the Hockley County Courthouse.

About Drew Dunn

News Director for KLVT AM 1230 in Levelland. We provide local and regional news updates 5 times a day on KLVT AM 1230 and online at www.klvtradio.com
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