Gainesville City Council members received a proposal regarding additions to Leonard Park’s military monument during Tuesday’s regular meeting.
Mike Allison, representing Hughes Tune VFW Post 1922, reported research performed by Cooke County Historical Society member Tom Carson that has identified the names of five deceased World War I veterans — and former Cooke County residents — who are not currently listed on the park’s granite monument. Allison also said members of his VFW post have reviewed and confirmed Carson’s data.
He presented the names to the city for possible addition to the Leonard Park monument. Allison said the cost of engraving the five names has been quoted at $750, and the work would be performed on site by staff of Richards Monuments, the company that created the original monument. Allison said he and his VFW post are requesting that the city approve addition of the names to the monument and to pay half the cost ($375) for the additions.
The addition and expense are currently pending approval with Gainesville City Council.
Other meeting highlights:
• Council approved the first reading of an ordinance that would prohibit smoking in public places within Gainesville city limits. The proposed ordinance bans smoking in most indoor public places as well as in city parks and facilities. Council members reported they have received no negative responses from citizens in their wards. Tuesday’s first reading of the proposed ordinance prohibits smoking 1) in all enclosed public places within the city limits of Gainesville; 2) in all enclosed facilities including buildings and vehicles owned or occupied by the City of Gainesville; 3) all city parks and recreational areas; 4) all outdoor sporting arenas, stadiums, and amphitheaters, as well as in bleachers and grandstands for use by spectators at sporting and other public events; 5) within twenty (20) feet of any entrance or exit of a facility where smoking is prohibited. Facilities exempted from the smoking regulation include 1) private residences; 2) bars, meeting the definition of an establishment that has more than 70 percent of its annual gross sales in alcoholic beverages sales. Food establishments that contain a bar are not considered a “bar”; 3) retail tobacco stores and tobacco bars which meet the required definitions; 4) no more than 25 percent of the rooms in a hotel or motel facility.
The ordinance carries a maximum penalty of $2,000 for violation. Once the ordinance passes, the “No Smoking” signage or the international pictorial “No Smoking” symbol will be required to be posted where smoking is prohibited. Mayor Jim Goldsworthy said many other cities have banned smoking years ago and this ordinance is modeled from those ordinances enacted in other cities. Citizens are encouraged to contact their council member to let their voice be heard. The proposed ordinance is posted on the city website www.gainesville.tx.us under “City Code” and then “Proposed Ordinances.” The second reading of the smoking ordinance will be held at the regular city council meeting on Tuesday, April 16.
Building code amendment
• Council considered and approved the first reading of an ordinance amending current building codes to allow buildings to be moved into and within the city. The proposed ordinance will receive second reading consideration at the council meeting on Tuesday, April 16. Under the ordinance as proposed, a structure can be moved into or inside the city with a permit issued by the city. The owner must provide basic information and base level insurance to get the permit. A building permit is also required before the structure is moved, and an engineered foundation must be in place prior to the structure being moved. The proposed ordinance is posted on the city website www.gainesville.tx.us under “City Code,” and then “Proposed Ordinances.”
• Council authorized an economic development agreement with Gainesville Redevelopment Company LLC for demolition of the J. M. Lindsay school building and development of a subdivision in the block bounded by Lanius, Gordon, Lindsay and Denton Streets. The city agrees to provide $95,000 to Gainesville Redevelopment Company LLC in two payments. The first payment of $70,000 will occur after the J.M. Lindsay school building is demolished and the final plat for the subdivision has been accepted. The second payment of $25,000 will be made after a concrete alley is installed. City Manager Barry Sullivan strongly recommended approval of the agreement and said the project meets council’s economic development goals and objectives for housing development and improving the visual appearance of the city.
• Council approved the partial assignment of a tax abatement agreement in city Reinvestment Zones 13 and 14 (located along north Interstate 35) with Allied Production Solutions, LP to Forum US, Inc. Allied officials notified city officials that through a series of mergers, Forum is the successor-in-interest to Allied Production Solutions and Titan Tanks and Vessels. The resolution formalizes Allied’s and Titan’s assignment of their respective portions of the abatement agreement, applicable to the tangible personal property, to Forum. The assignment does not extend the period of the agreement or alter any other terms of the agreement.
• Council approved the purchase of one maintenance distributor trailer for the City of Gainesville Street Department in the amount of $54,361.60 from current year budgeted funds. The cost for the trailer is under the budgeted amount of $60,000. The trailer will replace a 40-year-old trailer that is used for transporting asphalt tack materials to job sites.
• Council proclaimed April 2013 as “Child Abuse Awareness and Prevention Month” in the City of Gainesville, urging citizens to participate in efforts to support families and prevent child abuse. Court Appointed Special Advocates (CASA) Director Vickie Robertson and CASA advocates and volunteers were present to receive the proclamation.
• Council approved three re-appointments to the City of Gainesville Parks and Recreation Board: Doug Wade, Robbie Baugh and Angel Madrid, for terms that run through March 2016. Each has agreed to serve again.