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CITY OF STERLING CITY
Sterling County, Texas
The City Council of the City of Sterling City, Texas met in Regular Session on December 11, 2017 with the following members present:

Lane Horwood Mayor
Randy Guetersloh Mayor Pro Tem/Council Member Ward #3
Charlie Stevens Council Member Ward #1
George Rodriguez Council Member Ward #2
Andi Davis Council Member Ward #3

Constituting a quorum with Brook Dickison and Mike Havlak being absent, and the following member 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 Lane Horwood at 6:07 pm

INVOCATION AND PLEDGE OF ALLEGIANCE
Mayor Lane Horwood delivered the Pledge of Allegiance and George Rodriguez delivered the Invocation.

PREVIOUS MINUTES
A motion was made to approve the previous minutes as written for the regular meeting on November 6, 2017.
Motion: Randy Guetersloh
Second: Andi Davis
Ayes: Guetersloh, Stevens, Rodriguez and Davis
Nays: None
Approved: 4-0

ACCOUNTS PAYABLE AND FINANCIAL REPORTS
A motion was made to approve the accounts payable and financial reports as read.
Motion: Andi Davis
Second: George Rodriguez
Ayes: Guetersloh, Stevens, Rodriguez and Davis
Nays: None
Approved: 4-0

OLD BUSINESS:
Discuss and/or approve a residential business license to Shawn and Shelby Colvert to place a RV park behind Shelby's house.
No one showed up to discuss.

Discuss and/or act upon all inter local agreements with Sterling County.
Mayor Lane Horwood told the Council that Judge Mackie said that Commissioners Court approved the inter local draft with Sterling City.

Discuss and/or act upon all aspects of constructing a Municipal building.
Karen Hodges approached the Council to discuss the cost of acquiring the old City Café and the property next to it for the Municipal building. She also requested that the deed state a reservation that the property would have first right of sale to the Hodges Family and the Terry Family if the City ever sought to sale. She also pointed out that the property was not for sale, but she would sale to the City for the Municipal building.

NEW BUSINESS:
Discuss, consider and adopt resolution to designate authorized signators for the 2017 Texas CDBG program contract 7217441.
A motion was made to adopt the resolution.
Motion: George Rodriguez
Second: Charlie Stevens
Ayes: Guetersloh, Stevens, Rodriguez and Davis
Nays: None
Approved: 4-0

Discuss, consider and approve a resolution adopting required CDBG Civil Rights policies.
A motion was made to adopt the resolution.
Motion: Randy Guetersloh
Second: Andi Davis
Ayes: Guetersloh, Stevens, Rodriguez and Davis
Nays: None
Approved: 4-0

Proclaim April as Fair Housing Month: This proclamation will help to fulfill Fair Housing activity obligations as required by the grant.
A motion was made to proclaim April as Fair Housing Month.
Motion: Randy Guetersloh
Second: Andi Davis
Ayes: Guetersloh, Stevens, Rodriguez and Davis
Nays: None
Approved: 4-0

Discuss and/or act upon canceling the auto renewal for garbage collection from TDS.
A motion was made to cancel the auto renewal.
Motion: Randy Guetersloh
Second: Andi Davis
Ayes: Guetersloh, Stevens, Rodriguez and Davis
Nays: None
Approved: 4-0

Discuss and/or act upon a lease agreement with the SCAD office which includes raising the rent.
This item was tabled for the January 8, 2018 meeting for further information.

Discuss and/or approve purchasing a generator.
This item was tabled to see if the grant funds that we could be getting for the sewer plant could cover some or all of the purchase.

Discuss and/or act upon all aspects of animal control.
Richard Seals presented the Policies, Procedures and Operations Manual for animal control to the City Council. Mayor Horwood recommended it be sent over to the City attorney for verification. Julie Smith, City workers; Kade Warren and Josh Lindsey attended to meeting to bring up some concerns they had with the upkeep and treatment of the animals. After some of the discussion turned hostile, Julie Smith resigned her position as animal control volunteer.

Discuss and/or act upon all aspects regarding the streets with the County.
Mayor Horwood informed the Council that the County would like to have a joint meeting with them to talk about the streets on January 11, 2018 at 6 p.m.

Discuss and/or approve raising the credit card limit.
City Secretary Marla Arizola asked for raising the credit card limit due to when we all have classes in the same month the credit limit is used so we can't make any more purchases.
A motion was made to increase the limit to $5000.00.
Motion: Andi Davis
Second: George Rodriguez
Ayes: Guetersloh, Stevens, Rodriguez and Davis
Nays: None
Approved: 4-0

EXECUTIVE SESSION:
No executive session took place.

CITIZEN COMMENTS
None

MAYOR/CITY COUNCIL ISSUES FOR FUTURE CITY COUNCIL AGENDAS.
Mayor Lane Horwood would speak to Judge Mackie concerning the lease agreement with the SCAD office.

PUBLIC WORKS DIRECTOR'S REPORT.
Richard Seals, Public Works Director, reported that meters will be ordered. Leaks have been steady with small and some big ones, Alonzo is working on the alleys, and that a junk metal guy was here and bought the junked meters and that he may be back to buy the two old pickups. He also informed the Council that land owners are responsible for each side of the alley.

CITY SECRETARY'S REPORT.
Marla Arizola, City Secretary, presented the Council with the employee sick, vacation and comp report. She also presented the Council with job descriptions for each employee. She also reported that the Sterling City Handbook would be done and presented in the January 8, 2018 meeting, EDC Director Fred Thompson still had not reimbursed the City for the EDC class that she attended hotel room and her and Candy had done the outside Christmas lights. She also told the Council she had heard that two of the Council members had questions on why she didn't open the City Hall the night of the Christmas stroll and why she donated money instead. She told the Council that the decision came from Mayor Horwood not herself and that the monies were already budgeted for the Christmas stroll and that she never makes those decisions on her own.

ADJOURNMENT
Motion was made to adjourn the meeting at 8:56 pm
Motion: George Rodriguez
Second: Andi Davis
Ayes: Guetersloh, Stevens, Rodriguez and Davis
Nays: None
Approved: 4-0 APPROVED:

Lane Horwood, Mayor 

ATTEST:

Marla Arizola, City Secretary

 

 

 

 
 
 
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