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City Council Minutes

                   

CITY OF STERLING CITY

Sterling County, Texas

 

The City Council of the City of Sterling City, Texas met in Regular Session on August 20, 2018 with the following members present:

Lane Horwood                                                  Mayor
Charlie Stevens                                                Council Member Ward #1
Bill Smith                                                           Council Member Ward #1
George Rodriguez                                             Council Member Ward #2
Christopher Green                                             Council Member Ward #2
Randy Guetersloh                                              Council Member Ward #3

                               

Constituting a quorum with Andi Davis being absent, and the following members of the City Staff:

Marla Arizola                                                        City Secretary
Richard Seals                                                       Public Works Director

                                                                                                

REGULAR MEETING

 

CALL TO ORDER                                                                                 
Meeting was called the meeting to order by Mayor Lane Horwood at 6:19 pm

INVOCATION AND PLEDGE OF ALLEGIANCE
George Rodriguez delivered the Invocation and no one lead the Pledge of Allegiance.

PREVIOUS MINUTES                                                                           
A motion was made to approve the previous minutes for the July 9, 2018.
Motion:    Randy Guetersloh
Second:   George Rodriguez
Ayes:       Stevens, Smith, Rodriguez, Green and Guetersloh
Nays:        None
Approved:  5-0

ACCOUNTS PAYABLE AND FINANCIAL REPORTS                        
A motion was made to approve the accounts payable and financial reports as read.   
Motion:    Charlie Stevens
Second:  Christopher Green
Ayes:       Stevens, Smith, Rodriguez, Green and Guetersloh
Nays:        None
Approved:  5-0

AGENDA ITEMS:  

Discuss and/or approve a residential business license to Christopher Green for a nonprofit business.
A motion was made to approve the residential. 
Motion:  Charlie Stevens
Second:  Bill Smith
Ayes:  Stevens, Smith and Guetersloh
Nays:  None
Abstain:  Rodriguez and Green
Approved:  3-0

Discuss and/or approve the construction of welcome to Sterling City signs.
A motion was made to approve the construction and design of the welcome signs provided by EDC.   
Motion:  George Rodriguez
Second: Randy Guetersloh
Ayes:  Stevens, Smith, Rodriguez, Green and Guetersloh
Nays:  None
Approved:  5-0

Discuss and/or act upon David Garrison’s request to place a gate at the end of 7th Street going into the industrial park on the West side of town.
No one showed to discuss this item.

Discuss and/or adopt Ordinance 2070 approving the 2018-2019 tax rate.
A motion was made to propose the 2018-2019 tax rate at 0665223/$100.
Motion:  Randy Guetersloh
Second: George Rodriguez
Ayes:  Stevens, Smith, Rodriguez, Green and Guetersloh
Nays:  None
Approved:  5-0

Discuss and/or act upon purchasing a city vehicle.
This item was tabled for further information.

Discuss and/or approve hiring another employee.
A motion was made to budget in a new employee.
Motion:  Charlie Stevens
Second: George Rodriguez
Ayes:  Stevens, Smith, Rodriguez, Green and Guetersloh
Nays:  None
Approved:  5-0 

Discuss and/or approve budget items.
The City Council went into executive session under section 551.074 Personnel Matters at 7:13 p.m. to discuss employee raises.
Once the meeting reconvened at 8:09 p.m. there was a motion to propose a raise to Richard Seals and Marla Arizola at 5% of their yearly wages.  Candy McCaleb, Josh Lindsey, Kade Warren, Alonzo Fitchett and Wesley Turner at 3% of their yearly wage. 
Motion:  Randy Guetersloh
Second: George Rodriguez
Ayes:  Stevens, Smith, Rodriguez, Green and Guetersloh
Nays:  None
Approved:  5-0

Discuss and/or adopt Ordinance 82018 concerning nuisances.
A motion was made to adopt Ordinance 82018.
Motion:  Christopher Green
Second: George Rodriguez
Ayes: Green and Rodriguez
Nays:  Stevens, Smith and Guetersloh
Failed: 2-3

Discuss and/or act upon a safety issue that was brought to our attention from TDS concerning the overgrowth of brush and trees in the alleys.
This item was discussed.

Discuss and/or approve moving the September, October and November regular meetings due to personal matters and holidays.
After Marla Arizola told to Council that the September meeting would not have to be moved, the meetings would be moved to October 15th and November the 19th.

CITIZEN COMMENTS
None

MAYOR/CITY COUNCIL ISSUES FOR FUTURE CITY COUNCIL AGENDAS.
The following items are to be placed on the September 10, 2018 agenda:
AirMed to employees as part of health benefits
Ordinance 02018
Approve construction bids for the street rehab on Water St. between 4th and 5th Street
George Rodriguez also had a concern about the mower being drove too fast on the golf course fairways. 

PUBLIC WORKS DIRECTOR’S REPORT.                                          
Richard Seals, Public Works Director, reported that he has been working with the engineers for the sewer grant, Alonzo was back on light duty and was driving around with him, that Sunday, August 19th there was no water due to an owl knocking out a transformer on the water well, pothole patching was being done and when he got back from getting shots in his neck he and the guys would start working on the alleys.

CITY SECRETARY’S REPORT.                                                           
Marla Arizola, City Secretary, presented the Council with the employee sick, vacation and comp report.  She also reported the auditor contacted her about the audit and what she needed from the City to get it started.  She also informed the Council she had emailed the biweekly update.

EXECUTIVE SESSION
This was included within the Budget.

ADJOURNMENT
Motion was made to adjourn the meeting at 9:09 pm
Motion:  Christopher Green
Second: Randy Guetersloh
Ayes:  Stevens, Smith, Rodriguez, Green and Guetersloh
Nays:  None
Approved: 5-0                                                                                        

 

APPROVED:

Lane Horwood, Mayor

 

ATTEST:

Marla Arizola, City Secretary