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.