Gainesville City Council’s Tuesday regular meeting included a primary step in the city “adopting” the Texas Juvenile Justice Department (TJJD) as a local project.
Council completed a first reading of the Gainesville Economic Development Corporation (GEDC) board’s adoption of the TJJD as an economic development project and a funding incentive of up to $60,000 for relocation assistance (for up to 30 employees at $2,000 for each employee transferring to the Gainesville State School).
To be eligible, transferring TJJD employees must meet residency and employment requirements according to the GEDC agreement. City Manager Barry 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.
As required by state law, no action was taken by council on Tuesday’s first reading. Second reading consideration will be at the next regularly scheduled meeting of the city council on Tuesday, Aug. 20.
Other meeting highlights:
• Council adopted an ordinance approving re-zoning of 142.88 acres owned by the Gainesville Economic Development Corporation (GEDC) and recently annexed into the city. The GEDC purchased the property to establish an industrial park and requested the zoning district change to allow for industrial use. The property is located in the northern portion of the city, south of County Road 444 and west of the railroad tracks. It is surrounded by agricultural use and unincorporated area. Sullivan recommended approval of the re-zoning as the best use of the land, and stated the property is ideally situated for industrial use, with quick access to Interstate 35 and proximity to rail service. No speakers presented either for or against the proposed re-zoning during a public hearing offered prior to council’s consideration and adoption of the ordinance.
• Mayor Jim Goldsworthy proclaimed Aug. 11, 2013, as “Safe Digging Day” in recognition of the nationwide “811 Day” promoting the “Call Before You Dig” program to raise awareness of underground damage prevention and safe digging practices that help to prevent potentially serious or fatal injuries. The proclamation is a reminder to call “811” before digging into the ground.
• Council authorized an agreement for engine ering services with Kimley-Horn and Associates, Inc. for implementation of Phase One improvements of the wastewater treatment plant. The project consists of professional engineering services associated with the wastewater treatment plant master plan of December 2012, in order to meet Texas Commission on Environmental Quality (TCEQ) regulation changes effective in 2013. The total estimated cost for the engineering contract is $587,000.
• Council discussed a proposed tax rate of $0.646000 for fiscal year 2013-14. Sullivan said the proposed tax rate is the same as the city’s effective rate this year and is a decrease from the current year tax rate ($0.64700). He added that adoption of the $0.646 tax rate would be the lowest rate the city has had in years. Because the proposed tax rate does not exceed the effective tax rate ($0.64600) or the rollback rate ($0.770200), council is not required to schedule public hearings prior to adopting the tax rate.
• Council scheduled a public hearing for the proposed fiscal year 2013-14 budget to be held 6:30 p.m. Sept. 3, 2013, at Gainesville City Hall.
• Council approved a two-year Public Safety Answering Point (PSAP) interlocal agreement between the Texoma Council of Governments (TCOG) and the City of Gainesville for provision of 9-1-1 service. The City of Gainesville maintains the equipment provided by the TCOG and operates the 9-1-1 dispatch center located at 201 Santa Fe St. in compliance with state regulations.
• Council appointed Mary Jo Dollar to the position of Ward 6 council member and she will serve until the next annual city election of officers is held in 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. Two applications were received for the position — from Dollar and Nancy Carlton.
• Council appointed Brandon Henegar to the parks and recreation board to a term through March 2015.
• Council approved re-appointments to the airport board for Ginger Herrmann, Carroll Johnson, Dan Ott and Earl Russell, to two year terms expiring July 2015.
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