Levelland City Council held a regular meeting Monday night.
During the public forum portion of the meeting, David Dunn spoke to the council and addressed the seal coating program. He stated that this year no one received notice that streets were being seal coated and because his neighbor had a vehicle parked by the curb, the street in front of his driveway and down to the neighbors did not get done.
Jill Pitts also spoke to the council with concerns about the Levelland Animal Shelter. She is a member of a group known as Levelland Animal Friends. She stated that previously the Levelland Animal Friends would take photos of dogs to post to Facebook to help with adoption, and they are not being notified any longer and their is no phone number to call the shelter except the Levelland Police Department dispatch. She also noted that their is no communication between them and the animal control officers. They are also not being notified of animals that are sick or injured. Euthanasia notices are being placed without the dogs photos being put online if notice is given at all, she stated that a dog was euthanized in December and no notice was given. Communication is only through the dispatcher and the animal control officers are not returning messages. She stated that these barriers have been put into place in the past 6-9 months.
John Dupre also spoke concerning the Levelland Animal Shelter. He stated that the dogs and cats at the Levelland shelter used to have names and that was stopped by the orders of supervisors in order to help track the animals through the system. It was pointed out that in the past eight years over a 1000 dogs have been adopted from the shelter. He noted the changes were made in September. He stated that over $23,000 was given through private donations to Animal Friends for veterinary care over the past eight years. He also asked about the fact that animal control officers cell phones are not in service and all calls are handled through police dispatch, which he says was to better serve the community.
The council also took action on the transfer of a HazMat trailer to the City of Wolfforth which actually has the regional HazMat team, the trailer had been housed in Levelland since 2005.
The council also heard recommendations from the City of Levelland Housing Development Task Force. The task force has wrapped up its fourth meeting and working alongside city staff has formulated some recommendations for the council to consider additional housing development and redevelopment. The recommendations include many changes in zoning. It was noted that the city is planning a zoning review in the near future. Their is also recommendations for multi-family housing recommendations as well as identifying and putting in place programs to address properties in trust and abandoned properties. They also recommend incentives related to renovation housing projects. Their are also recommendations for developing minimum landscape requirements for new manufactured housing zone. Councilwoman Breann Buxkemper said “we need additional single family homes and we must get additional housing in order to continue to grow.” Councilman Jim Myatt, said he “would like to see a gated luxury apartment complex.” This is also part of the recommendations of the task force. One of the recommendations was to also look at a change in the zoning code to allow for assisted living centers in certain areas. They also recommended and the city is already working to get properties back on the tax roll. Following the presentation, the council approved moving forward with the recommendations on a unanimous vote.
The council also took action to approve the resale of property at 1819 Houston. The structure on the property has been demolished as a substandard structure. A bid of $3,001 was approved for the resale of the property.
The council also took action to approve participation in the 2020 Regional Seal coat program.
The council also took action to approve a replay of property at 115 Avenue Q for Alexander Lift. The plat would abandon easements which are not needed any longer and will allow the company to expand. The council approved the plat and also the abounding of easements in an alley and a street that is not developed or needed for future development by the city.