Tuesday’s regular Gainesville City Council meeting provided recognition for Frank Buck Zoo employees during a special proclamation presented by Mayor Jim Goldsworthy.
Goldsworthy declared the week of July 21-27, 2013, as “National Zookeeper Week” in Gainesville, in honor of zookeepers and their role in animal conservation and education, and encouraging citizens to visit the Frank Buck Zoo. Zoo staff members, led by zoo director Susan Kleven, were in attendance to receive the proclamation.
Other meeting highlights:
• Gainesville Public Services Director Ron Sellman reviewed the 2012 annual drinking water quality report, also called the Consumer Confidence Report (CCR). The city water supply was issued a “superior” rating by the Texas Commission on Environmental Quality (TCEQ) for exceeding minimum standards for a public water supply. The report was mailed to all city water customers earlier this month.
• Council approved expenditure by the solid waste department for purchase of a trailer designed for hauling construction demolition material. The purchase will be through the Texas Local Government Purchasing Co-op Buy Board for $68,770. Solid Waste Superintendent Polly Boone said the trailer will allow her department to load debris on site and haul directly to the landfill — saving time, man hours, and trips to and from the job site. She said recovery of the cost of the trailer would be through savings over 2.8 years. Boone credited the recommendation as a result of a collaborative study of the demolition process by City Lean Six Sigma/Gainesville Universityteam members. The program enhances and streamlines city operations by raising awareness and coordination of all city departments. City Manager Barry Sullivan recommended for the purchase and said the demolition trailer will save the city money and help achieve goals for health and safety and visual appearance of the city. The demo trailer will be paid from proceeds of the city equipment auction held in April 2013.
• Council approved the Gainesville Economic Development Corporation Board’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 CNC machining and industrial mechanics programs to facilitate training industrial labor force.
• Council granted the petition filed by A & P Convenience Stores, Inc. to voluntarily annex 3.79 acres of land into the City of Gainesville, as requested by the property owner. The property is located on the northeast corner of Hwy 82 and FM 371 (Walnut Bend Road), is less than one-half mile in width, and is contiguous to the present boundary of the City of Gainesville. The land is vacant and without residents. Upon annexation, the described property is zoned C-3 outdoor commercial and will be incorporated into City Council Ward 3. At the public hearing held prior to council consideration and adoption of the ordinance, no speakers presented for or against the proposed annexation.
• Council authorized an agreement for engineering services with Kimley-Horn and Associates, Inc. for implementation of bid packages E and F of the Street and Utility Maintenance Program (SUMP). The contract consists of professional engineering services in the amount of $72,000 for the following projects identified in the SUMP: 1) Broadway Street (Fair to California) – reconstruction of two lane asphalt road; 2) Broadway Street (Fair to California) – rehabilitation of 6-inch sewer line; 3) Broadway Street (Fair to California) – rehabilitation of 6, 8 and 16-inch water lines; and 4) storm drainage improvements as designed by HDR Engineering, Inc. The contract will be paid from 2010 and 2012 certificates of obligation.