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Spur council hears visitors’ center concerns, begins work on CDBG grant

Thursday, July 26, 2018

The Spur City Council met in regular session on Tuesday, July 17, 2018, at Spur City Hall. Present were Mayor Louise Jones and alderpersons Glenda White, Don Wright, Rhea Melton, Fronye Morris, Crystal Leary and Bobby Vasquez.

The meeting began with a public forum. Leo Day requested more time from the council to complete building repairs on East Harris. No action was taken, and the council will follow up at the next meeting.

Tom Stout addressed the council with concern for his visitors’ center on East Sixth Street, as he had been informed the Chamber of Commerce wants to open a visitors’ center on Hill Street. No action was taken.

Steve Bridges addressed the council to request that the Chamber of Commerce be able to lease the Girl Scout Hut for their committee. In consideration of Mr. Stout’s concerns, Alderperson Melton made a motion, seconded by Alderperson Vasquez, to table the discussion until the next meeting with hopes that Bridges and Stout will find middle ground and approach the council with a business plan for such. Motion carried unanimously.

Bridges also voiced concern about the house address numbering of the streets running perpendicular to numbered streets. Mr. Bridges suggested the addresses be changed to align the house address numbers with the perpendicular numbered street. With consideration of how difficult it would be to renumber the entirety of the city addresses, Alderperson Wright made a motion, seconded by Fronye Morris, to deny the request to renumber the street addresses. Motion carried unanimously.

Officer Jerry Salazar presented the council with the monthly police report to include one arrest and nine citations. No action was taken.

City superintendent Chris Cornett presented the council with the monthly technician report to include operations qualifications for all four technicians and work on a DIMP program as required by the Texas Railroad Commission. No action was taken.

City secretary Laura Adams gave her office report, including work in code compliance during the absence of John Schmidt and continuing work on the budget for the next fiscal year. No action was taken.

The council considered authorizing the city secretary to begin preliminary steps to apply for a CDBG grant. Alderperson Melton made a motion, seconded by Alderperson Leary, to approve beginning work on a CDBG grant. Motion carried unanimously.

The council reviewed the current contract, which will automatically renew in December of 2018, with Stonewall Memorial Hospital for the Spur Health Clinic. Alderperson Morris made a motion, seconded by Alderperson Melton, to leave the contract as it stands. Motion carried unanimously.

The council reviewed a variance application submitted by Cruz Saucedo of 616 Parker for a travel trailer in a residential area. After consideration of the application, Alderperson White made a motion, seconded by Alder-person Vasquez, to approve the variance for one year (temporary placement) upon the contingency that utilities be established by August 1, 2018. Motion carried unanimously.

The council reviewed the invoices for the month. Alder-person Wright made a motion, seconded by Alderperson Morris, to approve the invoices as presented. Motion carried unanimously.

No action was taken regarding the budget workshop, and the meeting was adjourned.

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