The council discussed the new sign ordinance. The city attorney noted some minor changes that have been made by city staff. It is explicitly stated the definition of a dilapidated sign as one that cannot be read and no owner can be found; an on premises sign will also be known as a message, not necessarily a sign. Under the appeals process, any adverse determination made by the building inspector their is an appeals process to go before the zoning commission. A temporary sign can be up without a permit a maximum of 180 days. The measurement on the brightness of illuminated and electronic signs is stated to be based on a complaint at the edge of the property line, any traffic hazard can be handled without a complaint. On electronic signs located on a state highway must keep messages steady for eight seconds as is the state law, electronic signs located along a city street, the message must remain steady for a minimum of 6 seconds. They also have allowed off premise messages on electronic signs, as long as 70% of the messages concern the on premise business. It was noted that for all electronic and illuminated signs will have 180 days to come into compliance for brightness and message related issues. The city will be able to go after injunctive relief and can also abate property to gain compliance if needed. The ordinance was approved on a unanimous vote on a first reading.
The council also took action to approve request for funding for four different events. Events beginning in 2020 will not be funded in the first year and will only take place after their is a history with the city. M2 Livestock and M2 Show Camps, December 6-8 at the Mallet, funded in the amount of $1,500, The Texas Tech Judging Team Heifer, Steer and Swine Futurity will be held November 22-24 and will be funded at a base of $1,500 up to $5,000 based on room nights. The Association of Texas Small School Bands Area Auditions 2020 will be funded at the amount of $1,400, The Christmas Cash Classic will be held December 20–22, 2019 and will be funded at a base of $1,000 and up to $7,000 based on room nights. In the future funding will be more and more based on the amount of room nights booked in Levelland motels.
The council approved an ordinance on a second and final reading for a negotiated settlement with Atmos Energy West Texas.
The council took action to approve the investment policy for the city with very minor changes to bring in compliance with state code.
The council took action to request funding from the Texas Department of Transportation Aviation Division for funding of an Automated Weather Observation System. This request is set to go before the TxDOT Commission for consideration in October. Levelland would be the only smaller airport in this area to be equipped with one of these systems. The Mayor has also been authorized to execute all necessary documents.
The council also held a public hearing on the proposed 2019-2020 budget, their was no one present to speak during the public hearing.
The council will adopt the budget on September 9th.
The council held a public hearing on the proposed tax rate for 2019-2020, no one was present to speak in the public hearing.