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Councilmembers seated at meeting
Houston County Courier - May 2009
By Daphne Hereford
Two members of Crockett City Council were administered the oath of office and seated at the meeting held on Tuesday night, May 12.
City Administrator Ron Duncan administered the oath of office to Mayor Wayne Mask and Precinct 1 Councilman Ansel Bradshaw.
Mayor Mask was re-elected to his position in the Saturday, May 9 election and Bradshaw defeated former councilman James Hall for his position.
Members of council approved a resolution appointing Rosemary McCullough as election judge and Lael Lewis as alternate judge for the upcoming June 6 run-off election for the Precinct 2 council position.
Council tabled consideration of an ordinance that would adopt a water conservation plan in the city.
Duncan said the measure was mandated by the Texas Water Development Board for cities that provide water service to 3,300 connections or more.
During the discussion of the measure Councilman Bill Holcomb said he would like to recommend some changes in the wording of the document to include items such as a definition section and the ability to utilize new technology such as the Internet in various places throughout the proposal.
Holcomb elaborated on several aspects of the proposal that he would like to see revisited before a final version was submitted to the state.
Duncan said a draft had been submitted to the TWDB to meet a deadline. He added that a revised version could be submitted after council consideration.
In other business, council approved a contract with Gary T. Traylor and Associates for grant management services for the 2008 Texas Department of Housing and Community Affairs Home Program.
Duncan said the city only received on submission as a result of their request for proposals and that Traylor has ad ministered the program for the city for several years.
The agreement call for Traylor to be paid a maximum amount of $60,000 and Duncan said the fee was determined by Texas Department of Housing and Community Affairs Home program.
Duncan said the program would construct a minimum of five homes and that the first applicants meeting would be held on June 11.
In responding to Councilman Nathan Gardner’s question about if Traylor’s fee would be taken from the $300,000 grant, Duncan said the city’s portion of the grant amounted to about $54,000 and the project fund was $375,000 and there was administration of $7,500 which would make the project fund balance $376,815.
Council approved a resolution authorizing the filing of a grant proposal with DETCOG for the City of Crockett Summer Work Program.
Duncan said the grant, if funded, would fund 26 positions for youth and seniors who would undertake community projects during the summer.
Council also approved the dedication of utility easement to the city for water service lines for the Reannassance Surgery Center property located at 1407 East Houston Avenue.
Duncan said the easement is along what is projected as a road and amounted to two 11-foot easements for water service lines.
During the comments segment of the meeting, Councilman Gardner asked Councilman Bradshaw what were the new ideas he said he had for the city. Bradshaw responded by saying, “I have a plan that will give the city an opportunity to make tens of thousands of dollars per year that won’t cost a penny.” Bradshaw said he would bring the information to the next council meeting.