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City Council Minutes

CITY OF STERLING CITY
STERLNG COUNTY, TEXAS
MINUTES

 

The City Council of the City of Sterling City, Texas met in Regular Session on May 13, 2019 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
Chris Green                        Council Member Ward #2
Randy Guetersloh               Council Member Ward #3
Karen Hodges                     Council Member Ward #3

 

Constituting a quorum with no one being absent, and the following members of the City Staff:

 

Marla Arizola                                       City Secretary

Richard Seals                                       Public Works Director                        

                                                           

CALL TO ORDER                                                               

Meeting was called the meeting to order by Mayor Lane Horwood at 6:01 pm

 

INVOCATION

Council member George Rodriguez delivered the Invocation.

 

PLEDGE OF ALLEGIANCE
            Mayor Horwood led the Pledge of Allegiance.

 

PRESENTATIONS/PROCLAMATIONS/RECOGNITIONS/AWARDS

(a)  Open sealed bids and possibly act on awarding the remodel project to the qualified
bidder for the Municipal Building.

After receiving and opening several bids, the Council tabled this item for further investigation on how to fund this project.

 

PUBLIC COMMENTS

Ernest Castro appeared before the council to ask permission to move a manufactured home
            into the City.  Since this being public comments, Mayor Horwood asked Ernest to request
            to be on the next agenda.

 

CONSENT AGENDA

(a)  Discuss, consider and possibly act on the minutes of the regular council meeting

held on April 8, 2019.

A motion was made to approve the previous minutes.

Motion:  George Rodriguez

Second:  Chris Green

Ayes:  Stevens, Smith, Rodriguez, Green, Guetersloh and Hodges

Nays:  None

Approved:  6-0

 

(b)  Discuss, consider and possibly act on a budget amendment for streets.

A motion was made to amend the budget by moving $20,000 from the Municipal
            Building Remodel to Repair Maintenance-Streets.

Motion:  Karen Hodges

Second:  Randy Guetersloh

Ayes:  Stevens, Smith, Rodriguez, Green, Guetersloh and Hodges

Nays:  None

Approved:  6-0

 

(c)  Discuss, consider and possibly act on the accounts payable and financial reports.

A motion was made to approve the accounts payable and financial reports as read. 

Motion:  George Rodriguez

Second:  Bill Smith

Ayes:  Stevens, Smith, Rodriguez, Green, Guetersloh and Hodges

Nays:  None

Approved:  6-0

 

(d)  Discussion with Joe Spano, a representative of Republic Trash Service, to introduce himself and his business as a possible competitor to bid on the upcoming garbage contract.

Joe Spano, Municipal Services Manager with Republic came to introduce himself and speak to the council on what Republic had to offer to the City of Sterling City.

 

(e)  Discuss, consider and possibly act on a proposal for professional services from KSA for a street maintenance plan once the city streets have been rehabilitated. 

A motion was made to move forward with these services and amend the budget to pay for this service by moving $20,000 from Municipal Building Remodel to Professional Services.

Motion:  Karen Hodges

Second:  Charlie Stevens

Ayes:  Stevens, Smith, Rodriguez, Green, Guetersloh and Hodges

Nays:  None

Approved:  6-0

 

(f)  Council Member Chris Green to report his findings on all aspects of the garbage billing.

Member Green spoke about this item in item d with discussion with Joe Spano.  Mr. Spano told the council if they take over commercial billing they would be responsible in collecting.

 

(g)  Council Member Chris Green to report his findings on the legalities regarding the city easements.

            After legal consultation on this matter with the city attorney, member Green stated that
            whatever the citizens built or placed on city property must be removed by that citizen.
            “They cannot possess City property.”

 

            (h)  Discuss, consider and possibly act on moving the next regular council meeting to June

            17, 2019.

            A motion was made to move the meeting due to Mayor Horwood not being able to attend.

            Motion:  Randy Guetersloh

            Second:  George Rodriguez

            Ayes:  Stevens, Smith, Rodriguez, Green, Guetersloh and Hodges

            Nays:  None

            Approved:  6-0

 

OLD BUSINESS

             None

 

AUTHORIZATIONS/RESOLUTIONS/ORDINANCES

            (a)  Discuss, consider and possibly act on Resolution 051319 regarding the denial of the

            rate increase from AEP.

            A motion was made to adopt Resolution 051319.

            Motion:  Chris Green

            Second:  Karen Hodges

            Ayes:  Stevens, Smith, Rodriguez, Green, Guetersloh and Hodges

            Nays:  None

            Approved:  6-0

           

ADMINISTRATIVE REPORTS

Richard Seals, Public Works Director, reported that sewer improvements have begun, the guys have been mowing and cleaning easements and he also reported they are getting the park ready for the Cowboy Festival.   

 

Marla Arizola, City Secretary, presented the Council with the employee sick, vacation and comp report.  She informed the council about outside city limit garbage customers.   

 

COUNCIL COMMENTS

For the June meeting, Mayor Horwood asked to have Texas Communities Group and the Council agreed to start negations with Republic.  

 

EXECUTIVE SESSION

None

 

ADJOURN

                                                                       

 

APPROVED:

 

Lane Horwood, Mayor

 

 

ATTEST:

 

Marla Arizola, City Secretary