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 CITY OF STERLING CITY MINUTES, PAGE ONE
Sterling County, Texas
The City Council of the City of Sterling City, Texas met in Regular Session on August 14, 2017 with the following members present:

 

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

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

Candy McCaleb Utility Clerk

REGULAR MEETING

 

CALL TO ORDER
Meeting was called the meeting to order by Lane Horwood at 7:12 pm

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

PREVIOUS MINUTES
A motion was made to approve the previous minutes as written.
Motion: Randy Guetersloh
Second: Andi Davis
Ayes: Guetersloh, Stevens, Dickison, Havlak, Rodriguez and Davis
Nays: None
Approved: 6-0

ACCOUNTS PAYABLE AND FINANCIAL REPORTS
A motion was made to approve the accounts payable and financial reports as read.
Motion: Charlie Stevens
Second: Mike Havlak
Ayes: Guetersloh, Stevens, Dickison, Havlak, Rodriguez and Davis
Nays: None
Approved: 6-0

OLD BUSINESS:

Discuss and/or accept Andi Davis's resignation from the SCAD board and appoint a Council member to that seat.
A motion was made to accept Andi Davis's resignation from the SCAD board.
Motion: Brook Dickison
Second: Mike Havlak
Ayes: Guetersloh, Stevens, Dickison, Havlak, Rodriguez and Davis
Nays: None
Approved: 6-0
A motion was made replace her with Brook Dickison.
Motion: Randy Guetersloh
Second: George Rodriguez
Ayes: Guetersloh, Stevens, Dickison, Havlak, Rodriguez and Davis
Nays: None
Approved: 6-0

NEW BUSINESS:

Discuss and/or act upon all aspects of EDC.
With Fred Thompson not showing up to the meeting, the Council suggested George speak to Fred in the next EDC meeting to convey the Councils desire for him to attend the September Council meeting.
Tabled for the September 11, 2017 meeting.

Discuss and/or approve the 2017-2018 tax rate.
After the Council discussed this with Julie Thomason, Tax assessor/collector, over the phone, there was a motion to propose a tax rate at .602000/$100 for FY 2017-2018.
Motion: Brook Dickison
Second: Charlie Stevens
Ayes: Guetersloh, Stevens, Dickison, Havlak, Rodriguez and Davis
Nays: None
Approved: 6-0

Discuss and/or act upon the little league baseball field.
George Rodriguez thinks the field should be completely cleared off due to the deterioration of the facility. Brook Dickison would like to see it improved for a local league. After some more discussion a motion was made to table this item till Mayor Lane Horwood could talk to Scot Long with EDC about using EDC funds to improve the field.
Motion: Brook Dickison
Second: Andi Davis
Ayes: Guetersloh, Stevens, Dickison, Havlak, Rodriguez and Davis
Nays: None
Approved: 6-0

Discuss and/or act upon all inter local agreements with Sterling County.
Mayor Horwood stated he did not think there was anything to approve at this time. A motion was made to table this item for the September 11, 2017 meeting.
Motion: Brook Dickison
Second: Andi Davis
Ayes: Guetersloh, Stevens, Dickison, Havlak, Rodriguez and Davis
Nays: None
Approved: 6-0

Discuss and/or act upon adding a street maintenance fee to the monthly utility bills.
A motion was made for further investigation to table this item for the next meeting.
Motion: Brook Dickison
Second: Andi Davis
Ayes: Guetersloh, Stevens, Dickison, Havlak, Rodriguez and Davis
Nays: None
Approved: 6-0

Discuss and/or act upon franchise fees for businesses who operate within the City.
A motion was made to discuss this item with the city attorney. Tabled until we hear back from the attorney.
Motion: Brook Dickison
Second: George Rodriguez
Ayes: Guetersloh, Stevens, Dickison, Havlak, Rodriguez and Davis
Nays: None
Approved: 6-0

EXECUTIVE SESSION:
Brook Dickison called executive session under Texas Government Code Section 551.074 Personnel Matters. Entered at 8:20 pm Ended at 8:55 pm.

CITIZEN COMMENTS
None

MAYOR/CITY COUNCIL ISSUES FOR FUTURE CITY COUNCIL AGENDAS.
Mayor Horwood still looking into a grant writer.

PUBLIC WORKS DIRECTOR'S REPORT.
Richard Seals, Public Works Director, was not here to report anything.

CITY SECRETARY'S REPORT.
Candy McCaleb, Utility Clerk, reported that Richard should know something on August 15th when he can be released to come back to work light duty. She also reported that Marla Arizola had surgery on August 10th and would be out till August 21st.

ADJOURNMENT
Motion was made to adjourn the meeting at 9:20 pm

 

APPROVED:


______________________________________
Lane Horwood, Mayor
ATTEST:


______________________________________
Marla Arizola, City Secretary

 

 

CITY OF STERLING CITY MINUTES
Sterling County, Texas

 


The City Council of the City of Sterling City, Texas met in Called Session on September 5, 2017 with the following members present:

Lane Horwood Mayor
Randy Guetersloh Mayor Pro Tem/Council Member Ward #3
Charlie Stevens Council Member Ward #1
Brook Dickison Council Member Ward #1
Mike Havlak Council Member Ward #2

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

Marla Arizola City Secretary

PUBLIC HEARING

REGARDING THE PROPOSED TAX RATE OF .602000/$100
None of the public attended

CALLED MEETING

 

CALL TO ORDER
Mayor Lane Horwood called the meeting to order at 7:00 pm.


INVOCATION AND PLEDGE OF ALLEGIANCE
Mayor Lane Horwood delivered the Invocation.

Discuss and/or act upon adding a street maintenance fee to the monthly utility bills.
Mayor Horwood proposed that a street maintenance fee be added to the monthly utility bills. He stated that the monies that were to be collected to be put into a savings and were to be solely used for the streets. After some discussion on the impact it would have on low and fixed income citizens, citizens that would like to see something done right away and on the amount, a motion was made to apply this fee to the utility bills and set that fee at $8.00 per month.
Motion: Brook Dickison
Second: Mike Havlak
Ayes: Stevens, Dickison and Havlak
Nays: Randy Guetersloh
Approved: 3-0

Discuss and/or act upon increasing water and sewer rates on residential accounts.
Since adding a street maintenance fee to the utility bills, a motion was made not to raise the residential water and sewer rates at this time.
Motion: Randy Guetersloh
Second: Charlie Stevens
Ayes: Guetersloh, Stevens, Dickison and Havlak
Nays: None
Approved: 4-0

Discuss and/or act upon payroll for the City employees.
After an in depth discussion about job performance for all the employees' payroll increases and non-payroll increases were approved.
A motion was made to give Candy McCaleb a pay increase.
Motion: Brook Dickison
Second: Randy Guetersloh
Ayes: Guetersloh, Stevens, Dickison and Havlak
Nays: None
Approved: 4-0
A motion was made to give Marla Arizola a pay increase.
Motion: Charlie Stevens
Second: Brook Dickison
Ayes: Guetersloh, Stevens, Dickison and Havlak
Nays: None
Approved: 4-0
A motion was made to give Alonzo Fitchett, Pete Rodriguez, Kade Warren and Josh Lindsey a pay increase.
Motion: Randy Guetersloh
Second: Mike Havlak
Ayes: Guetersloh, Stevens, Dickison and Havlak
Nays: None
Approved: 4-0
A motion was made to not give Richard Seals nor Wesley Turner a pay increase.
Motion: Randy Guetersloh
Second: Mike Havlak
Ayes: Guetersloh, Stevens, Dickison and Havlak
Nays: None
Approved: 4-0

Discuss and/or act upon purchasing a pickup for the City crew, a generator for the Johnson well, an auto crane and a portable welder.
Randy Guetersloh told the council since there are two employees having to share a pickup, there are not enough city vehicles. After discussion the council tabled this item for a later date. The generator, auto crane and the portable welder was tabled until the September 11, 2017 meeting to be able to get more information from Richard Seals.

Discuss and/or act upon an inter local agreement with Sterling County.
This item was tabled for the September 11, 2017 meeting.

ADJOURNMENT

There being no further business, there was a motion to adjourn at 8:36 pm.
Motion: Randy Guetersloh
Second: Mike Havlak
Ayes: Guetersloh, Stevens, Dickison and Havlak
Nays: None
Approved: 4-0

APPROVED: 

_______________________________________                                                    Lane Horwood, Mayor

ATTEST: 

_______________________________________                                                          Marla Arizola, City Secretary

 

 
 
 
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