The Levelland City Council met Monday night in a regular meeting. One of the highlights of the meeting was the change in the Accessory Building ordinance. The council approved a change to the ordinance which would allow the building of an accessory building on property prior to building of the main residential structure.
Ty Gregory spoke in public forum portion of the meeting to thank the city council and city zoning boards for coming together to amend the accessory building ordinance prior to regular home. He requested that building height be allowed at 18 feet at highest point and only on lots that are 1 acre or greater. He noted that many other cities allow the increased height. He noted that most of his building plan is within 15 feet however, the roof pitch would require the 18 feet which would allow for a wider door and to have better aesthetic appeal and it would also lessen the likelihood of a leak.
The council approved a motion on changes to accessory building ordinance which would allow construction prior to construction of residential structure and allow maximum height of 18 foot if located on a lot 1 acre or greater and as long as it is a permanent structure with a solid screening fence between neighboring properties. The change was approved on a split vote with Billy Youngblood casting the opposing vote and all other council members in agreement. Following the agreement on the change they approved the ordinance with the change.
The council also approved assigning the lease of land behind Oxy Sports complex which Renegade Backhoe Services had leased since 2014. The assignment was made to Renegade Services as Renegade as sold the backhoe portion of the business. It was noted that the lease expires in 2020 and can be renewed at that time.
Council also took action to approve the event application for the Main Street programs, Ladies Night Out to be held in November. It was noted that the event is in the running for an award through the Texas Downtown Association. It was noted that the request was being made because they would like to make it where customers could leave a business with an alcoholic beverage as many of the businesses offer free beverages that evening. Councilman Jim Myatt said “he did not agree with that at all, he doesn’t mind as long as they require the drink to remain in the business.” It was noted that the application would just allow it in the downtown area only during that event. The council approved the application on a split vote with Jim Myatt casting the opposing vote.
The council also approved application with TxDOT to allow for closing of Houston and Ave. H for Ladies Night Out event.
The council also approved application with TxDOT to allow for closing of Houston and Ave H for the Trunk or Treat event.
The council authorized staff to go out for competitive bids for equipment authorized in 2017-2018 budget, including 3 unmarked vehicles in the police department, pickup truck in the parks department, pickup truck in the wastewater department, engine and tanker truck for the fire department, Vector truck for wastewater and landfill compactor for sanitation department. Jim Myatt questioned if the unmarked police vehicles were going to be cars or suv’s. Police Chief Albert Garcia noted that they are exploring options for the best deal with taxpayer money.
The council also discussed options for financing capital expenses for the new budget. They are looking at a 10 year note on the fire engines with a five year one on the compactor and Vac truck. In order to begin the process staff was authorized to develop and issue a request for proposals for financing options with local banks.
The council approved the sale through public auction of eight surplus vehicles. The sale which normally would have brought $15,000-$20,000 and the total high bids this time come in at $32,350.
The council also approved the forming of a City Park Planning Task Force to come up long term plan for renovations at city park. They are looking at four areas for planning including, sports, buildings, aquatics and general park use. They recommend the committee be made up of a council member, member of Levelland Community Development Corporation, member of local youth sports league and community member from each of the four city council districts.
The council took action to approve an agreement with the Texas Department of Transportation for the fiscal year 2017-2018 Routine Airport Maintenance Program. The program has been used to pay for maintenance and repair items in the past.
The council approved continuing the agreement with Texas Municipal league for Continuation of Coverage benefits to employees who leave employment. The program is administered by TML.
Council approved an ordinance increasing water rates on a second and final reading. The ordinance was approved on a split vote with Jim Myatt casting the opposing vote.