Outgoing Gainesville City Council member Vince Rippy received a formal presentation during Tuesday’s regular meeting.
Mayor Jim Goldsworthy read and presented a plaque to Rippy in appreciation and recognition of his service to the city’s Ward 6. Rippy served from May 2006 through May 2013.
Other meeting highlights:
• Council authorized City Manager Barry Sullivan to execute an easement and right-of-way agreement with Oncor Electric Delivery Company for placement of electrical service to the Leonard Park pool and splash park area. The easement is requested for Oncor to be able to maintain their line and equipment.
• Council approved action of the Gainesville Economic Development Corporation (GEDC) in adopting their budget for fiscal year 2013-2014. The GEDC budget forecasts revenues in the amount of $1,391,453, and total budgeted expenditures in the amount of $960,630.
• Council completed first reading of the GEDC’s adoption of industrial training equipment for the North Central Texas College (NCTC) as an economic development project and a funding incentive in the amount of $150,000. The funding incentive is a matching grant with the NCTC for purchase of training equipment for machining and industrial mechanics programs to facilitate training industrial labor force. (As required by state law, no action was taken by council on first reading of the resolution. Second reading consideration will be at the next regularly scheduled meeting of the Gainesville City Council on July 16.)
• Council adopted an ordinance changing the zoning designation of 6.59 acres located north of U. S. Highway 82 at Alabama Drive and Independence Drive from “Moderate Density Multifamily Residential” (MF-1) to “Industrial” (I). The applicant, Red Rock Machine & Tool, requested the rezoning in order to expand its existing industrial operation on the site. The Gainesville Planning and Zoning Commission recommended approval of the re-zoning. The property abuts outdoor commercial and multi-family zoning on the south, east and west, and undeveloped land on the north. Sullivan said re-zoning to industrial use is compatible in this area and is not considered spot zoning. There were no speakers for or against the proposed re-zoning during a public hearing officially conducted prior to council’s discussion of the ordinance.
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Alexander receives life sentence for 'atrocity'
A Cooke County jury sentenced Johnny Earl Alexander on Friday to life in prison and a $10,000 fine for the Sept. 28, 2011 first degree felony offense of serious injury to a child which resulted in the death of four-year-old, Nathan De Alejandro.
Officers arrest two in connection with counterfeiting
The United States Secret Service and the Bureau of Alcohol Tobacco Firearms and Explosives are expected to provide a joint investigation in a local counterfeit case.
Car rolls on I-35
Firefighters and state troopers work the scene of a one-vehicle rollover crash which occurred around 2:27 p.m., Friday in the southbound lanes of U.S. Interstate Highway 35 in Gainesville.
Church donates van to Abigail's Arms
Members of Gainesville First church prayed for a way to help Abigail’s Arms.
Just one game away
The Muenster boys basketball team advanced to the final round of the Class A State Tournament Thursday, pulling out a narrow 65-64 semifinals win against Grapeland at the Frank Erwin Center in Austin.
Club members focus on vision screening device
The Lions Club, long time pioneers in rehabilitation and education for the blind, have a new focus detailed in the recent Wednesday meeting with the introduction of a vision screening device called the Spot made by PediaVision which would be beneficial in the early detection of vision problems in children.
Alexander found guilty of serious injury to a child
After quick deliberation by a Cooke County Jury, Johnny Earl Alexander was declared guilty Thursday afternoon for the Sept. 28, 2011 first degree felony offense of serious injury to a child that resulted in the death of four-year-old, Nathan De Alejandro.
Police investigate report of shots fired
Gainesville Police officers responded to shots fired in the 1800 block of Buck Street at 12:52 p.m. on Wednesday.
Cherry recognized as employee of the month
Gainesville employee of the month is Hodge Cherry, zookeeper at the Frank Buck Zoo, who was recognized at the Tuesday Gainesville City Council meeting for his volunteer assistance to fellow employees and zoo animals during the December cold and ice storm which paralyzed much of the city and transportation capabilities.
Muenster city election canceled
Muenster City Council members canceled the uncontested May 10 city election and approved an increase to the energy service agreement with Green Mountain Energy Company, according to the March 3 unofficial minutes.
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