Introduction of new employees- Interim City Administrator Kathie Reyer introduced 3 new employees: Daniel Svoboda (Building Official), Christopher Klovenski (PW) and Woody Crosby (Pool).
2017 Budget Public Hearing- Council held a public hearing on the proposed budget which included a proposed tax rate of $0.2099/$100 valuation, which is lower than the effective tax rate.
Budget Ordinance for 2017- Council approved the proposed budget which includes a tax rate of $0.2099/$100 valuation, Vote was 5-0.
2016 Ad Valorem Tax Rate for Maintenance and Operations, Debt Service- Council adopted the M&O tax rate of $0.0944/$100 valuation (which provides the same amount of tax dollars as last year) and the Debt Service tax rate of $0.1155/$100 valuation which is also based on the total tax rate of $0.2099/$100. Vote was 5-0.
Montgomery Co. Fire Marshal Service- Council approved payment for the Montgomery County Fire Marshall Fire Plan Review and Inspection invoice for the month of July 2017.Vote was 5-0.
Investment Policy-- Council discussed the investment policy which has to be adopted annually. Though no changes were made, clarification was made on a request to provide Council with examples of other cities' policies.
City Administrator Comments: Kathie Reyer announced that there would be mosquito fogging in the city over the weekend in addition to the county's aerial spraying that begins Sept. 14.
Supporting Documents for Agenda Items can be found HERE.
Water Service rate changes - Council discussed adjusting the water rates to reflect both the increases approved by LSGCD (from $.075 to $.105) as well as a decrease to the Groundwater Reduction Plan (GRP) Fee from $0.60 to $0.55 to offset the added cost imposed by the LSGCD. Vote was 5-0.
Authorized Check Signers- Council approved an updated resolution adding Interim City Administrator to authorized check signers for bank accounts and TexPool. Vote was 5-0.
Generator inspections-- Council discussed and approved payment for the annual generator inspections by a vote of 5-0.
Meeting minutes- Council discussed meeting minutes. With the addition of audio-visual recording capability to the budget, the word-for-word transcription of minutes is no longer necessary. Interim City Administrator Reyer explained word-for-word transcription is cumbersome for staff and the public as the end user; and it's an added cost that can be eliminated. City Attorney Bill Ferebee stated that the audio-visual recordings of meetings, along with summary minutes, would provide the transparency that we strive for in the interest of the public. Discussion only; no action.