Gainesville City Council’s newest member took an official oath of office during Tuesday’s regular meeting.
Municipal Court Judge Chris Cypert administered the oath to Mary Jo Dollar, who was appointed to serve as council member for Ward 6. She will serve until the next annual city election of officers, which is set for May 2014. The Ward 6 council position was declared vacant in June 2013 with the resignation of Vince Rippy, who moved outside the city and was therefore ineligible to serve on the council.
Other meeting highlights:
• Council approved actions of the Gainesville Economic Development Corporation (GEDC) board in adopting Valew as an economic development project, and a funding incentive in the amount of $350,000. The incentives include the transfer of 15 acres in the GEDC’s new industrial park (valued at $150,000) at no cost to Valew, and cash incentive of $5,000.00 per eligible employee for up to 40 employees not to exceed $200,000. GEDC Executive Director Kent Sharp said the board also approved a sales tax rebate agreement with Valew, which will be presented to Council in September. Valew, a California-based manufacturer, plans three phases of construction over a four year time frame, and to provide up to 250 jobs. Sharp said Tuesday that production on the local Valew facility — and the subsequent hiring process— isn’t likely to begin until 2014.
• Gainesville Police Department investigator Tim Green was recognized as “City Employee of the Month” for August 2013. City Manager Barry Sullivan read and presented a certificate recognizing Green for his tenacity in investigating drug-related crimes and assistance in bringing numerous cases to successful resolution. Green was praised for his dedication, hard work and determination in his job that results in a positive impact on the quality of life in the community. As “Employee of the Month,” Green receives one day of paid vacation.
• Retired City Controller Mary Jarvis and Finance Director Dan Parker received the “Distinguished Budget Presentation Award” from the Government Finance Officers Association (GFOA) on behalf of the city for the fiscal year beginning Oct. 1. Sullivan credited Jarvis and Parker for their hard work in putting together the budget document information to achieve this award. This is the fourth year for the City of Gainesville to receive the award from the GFOA.
• Council approved re-appointments to the GEDC Board of Directors for Beverly Snuggs, Ryan Morris and Ray Nichols. Terms run through August 2015.
• Council approved the GEDC board’s adoption of the Texas Juvenile Justice Department (TJJD) as an economic development project, and incentive funding for relocation assistance for up to 30 employees at $2,000 per employee who are transferring to the Gainesville State School. To be eligible, transferring TJJD employees must meet residency and employment requirements according to the GEDC agreement. During council’s first reading on Aug. 6, Sullivan explained that a TJJD facility location is being closed by the state and this incentive is to show our support for the Gainesville facility and to encourage the state to keep the facility open. Sullivan expressed appreciation of the Gainesville State School as a local employer and the training opportunities they provide the students; and for the many local volunteers and support the community provides to the school.
• Council granted permission for the North Texas Medical Center (NTMC) Foundation, Inc. to hold their second annual hot air balloon festival event at the Gainesville Municipal Airport on Sept. 13–15. and to sell alcohol at the event. Foundation Director Kristi Rigsby said this year, the balloon event will have a wine tasting on Friday evening hosted by Blue Ostrich Winery and an air show by Cavanaugh Flight Museum with the war birds. The festival will feature traditional balloon activities, musical entertainment, merchandise vendors, festival foods and children’s activities. A “Champagne and Propane” ball for sponsors and special guests will be held in the one of the airport hangars. The fundraiser benefits the NTMC Foundation.
• Council recognized the annual Depot Days Festival on Oct. 11, 12, & 13, and approved for the Gainesville Main Street Program to sell alcohol during Depot Days in the 100 and 200 blocks of Commerce Street. A free music concert is scheduled for Oct. 11, and the 27th Annual Depot Days Festival will take place Oct. 12, in the downtown area, encompassing approximately 12 city blocks. Included during the festival is a large car show, an arts and crafts show, children’s activities in the Kidz Zone, festival foods and live entertainment. Concessions including alcohol will be sold for fund raising purposes by Gainesville Main Street on Friday from 5 p.m. to 12 a.m. and on Saturday from 10 a.m. until 6 p.m. in the 100 & 200 block(s) of Commerce Street and from Dixon to Weaver streets. On Saturday, the perimeter of the entire festival will be from Weaver Street to Denton Street to Elm Street to Pecan Street. On Oct. 13, the Gainesville ISD Education Foundation will host a five and 10-mile run, taking place in the historic south Gainesville district and the downtown area The event will begin at 8 a.m. in the historic downtown and go through the historic residential district and end in the 100 block of S. Commerce. All Depot Days events will end by approximately 1 p.m. on Sunday.
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