Levelland City Council met Monday night in a regular meeting.
Shanna Saunders spoke to the council concerning the Downtown Sidewalk Project. She said she was here approximately a year ago concerning this project. She said their has been very little to no communication concerning the project. She stated that doing concrete work in the forth quarter is a burden to downtown businesses. She stated that her business would be greatly affected. She asked that work not be done in the forth quarter. It was noted that the project is paid for through a grant which expires in February. She said it will cost her family if the work is done in the forth quarter. She said I look for resolution and definitely communication.
David Dunn also spoke to the council thanking them for doing the right thing on the sign ordinance and also thanked the council for their work on the budget.
The council also took action to approve the annual services agreement with the Levelland Chamber of Commerce for 2019-2020. The services in the current agreement include assistance with reviewing applications and administering the Hotel Occupancy Fund, event marketing and coordination and general services administration and operation of the Keep Levelland Beautiful Program. One major change which was approved as part of the agreement was a scale back to the amount being paid for a Travel Host Ad as well as adding a membership to the Texas Plains trail Membership.
The council also took action to amend the fiscal year 2018-2019 budget.
The council also took action to approve staff accepting bids for three marked vehicles for the police department and one pickup for the wastewater department which were included in the 2019-2020 budget. Councilwoman Breann Buxkemper wants to make sure local dealers are made aware of the bidding process. The police chief said local dealers will have the bid package delivered to them.
The council also took action to demolishing a substandard structure at 1819 Houston Street. The property is an extreme safety hazard. The property is owned by the taxing entities due to unpaid taxes.
The council also approved an inter local agreement to transfer ownership of some older holiday decorations. They will be transferred to the City of Ropesville.
The council also cast their vote for the TML Health Benefits POOL Board of Trustees, TML Region 3. The council cast their vote for David Riley, Mayor of the City of Idalou. He has served on the board since 2010.
The council appointed Rob Martin with City Bank to the Housing Development Planning Task Force. He will replace Zane Johnson who had to step down from the task force as he is moving from Levelland.
The council also took action to set water rates on a second and final reading.