Levelland City Council met in a regular meeting Monday night.
The Levelland City Council approved the Fire Service Agreement with Hockley County. Hockley County Commissioners approved the agreement Monday morning. For fiscal year 2019-2020 the county paid $145,000 for the first 200 fire runs in the county and $600 per run over 200. In the new agreement which takes effect on October 1st, the county will pay $175,000 for the first 200 fire runs and $650 per run over 200 with a cap of $195,000. The agreement also specified areas of the county where the city will be the primary response department.
The council approved budget amendments for the 2019-2020 budget. $160,000 is being transferred from the General Fund to the Internal Capital Finance Fund budget for three police vehicles that were purchased. The Enterprise Fund will also be well under budget and a budget amendment will be made to pay down the loan for the Adams Street Water Tower project. Other amendments will be made as part of funds received through the Coronavirus Relief Funds.
Council also updated their COVID-19 guidelines to stay in line with the Governors latest guidances. The COVID-19 disaster declaration remains in place and was updated. The guideline of Mayor approval for any event over 10 people remains in place. The local disaster declaration will remain in place until the council’s next regular meeting.
The council also was given a report on the Regional Seal Coat program which would have normally taken place in the summer. Due to many factors including COVID-19 the program had to be delayed and at this point due to the cooler temperatures it is not feasible to do at this time. It will be done in Spring 2021.
The council also took action to appoint Jim Mara and Donny Barry and reappointing Pete Cunningham to the Zoning Board of Adjustment. The council also tabled action on appointing members to the Housing Standards Board as Councilman Max Ledesma nominated Willie DeLaSantos to the board. City Administration will contact DeLaSantos and bring back the nominations to the council for approval in the next meeting.
The council approved garbage service rates on a second and final reading. Customers will see a 3% decrease which amounts to approximately a 85 cent decrease in their monthly garbage rate.
The council also approved a negotiated settlement with Atmos West Texas on a second and final reading. The average impact of a customer bill is an increase of $3.04 per month.
The council met in executive session and approved the fire service agreement with Hockley County following the executive session.