December 2021 Monthly Newsletter
Distributed at the beginning of each month, this newsletter provides updates on events and relevant City & community activity.
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City Council, Board, & Commission Meetings
  • Jacksonville Public Library Board Meeting
  • Tuesday, December 7, 5:15pm - Jacksonville Public Library
  • City Council Agenda Workshop
  • Thursday, December 9, 12pm - City Hall
  • Regular City Council Meeting
  • Tuesday, December 14, 6pm (Executive session starts at 5:15pm) - City Hall
  • Jacksonville Economic Development Corporation Board Meeting
  • Thursday, December 16, 12pm - JEDCO
  • Vanishing Texana Museum Board Meeting
  • Monday, December 20, 5:15pm - Vanishing Texana Museum
  • Planning & Zoning Commission
  • Tuesday, December 21, 12pm - City Hall
  • City Offices Closed - Christmas
  • Thursday and Friday, December 23 - 24
Financial Reporting Award
The Government Finance Officers Association has awarded Jacksonville the Certificate of Achievement for Excellence in Financial Reporting for its annual comprehensive financial report for the fiscal year ended September 30th, 2020. The report was judged by an impartial panel to meet the high standards of the program including demonstration of a constructive "spirit of full disclosure."
Mr. and Mrs. Mary Tatum
Vine on Main
This City Council meeting was live-streamed on YouTube and Facebook and is available to watch at the links below.

Special Presentations
Employer of the Month
Bealls Distribution Center Jacksonville TX was named the August Employer of the Month for the City of Jacksonville by JEDCO. Bealls Inc., based in Bradenton, Florida, is the parent company of Bealls Stores, Bealls Outlet, Burkes Outlet and Home Centric. JEDCO recognized Bealls for its significant contribution to our local economy through capital investment and jobs. Receiving the award for Bealls are Everett Graham II and Melanie Stern.
Rhonda Ray's Retirement
Rhonda Ray was recognized for 30 years of service to the Jacksonville PD as she retires. Rhonda served from 1991 to 2021. She served as a dispatcher for two years, then transitioned to the Criminal Investigations Division as an administrative assistant processing thousands of criminal cases. During her 30 years, Rhonda served under 5 police chiefs and more than 400 police employees have passed through the doors of JPD.
Finance Award
Mayor Gorham presented Roxanna Briley, Director of Finance, with the Government Finance Officers Association (GFOA)'s Distinguished Budget Presentation Award for the City's FY 2021 budget beginning October 2020. The award represents a significant achievement by the City. It reflects the commitment of the City Council and staff to meeting the highest principles of governmental budgeting. 
Action from Executive Session
These are action items taken as a result of discussions during a Closed Executive Session held at 5pm in the City Hall Conference Room- Per Open Meetings Act-Per Texas Government Code Section: 551.071 Consultation with Attorneys-possible litigation & 551.072 Real Property

  • Motion to Authorize City Manager and City Attorney to negotiate lease amendment for the landfill. - Carries (Passed) 5-0
Consent Agenda
Items under Consent Agenda require little or no deliberation by Council. Approval of Consent agenda authorizes the City Manager or his designees to proceed with conclusion of each item in accordance with staff recommendation.

Consent Agenda. Carries 5-0

  • Minute Approval - October 12, 2021 Regular Council Meeting; November 4th, 2021 Agenda Workshop.
  • Approve Janice Arp as commissioner to the Jacksonville Housing Authority.
  • Approve the Certified Tax Roll as submitted by Cherokee County Appraisal District.
  • Approve the 2022 Holiday Calendar for all city employees.
Other Agenda Items
  • Discuss and consider with possible action a four foot variance request from the southwest property line to allow for the construction of a boat dock located at 1953 CR 3108. Approved 5-0

  • Discuss and consider with possible action a motion to forego the issuance of certificates of obligation under the current notice of intent. Carries 5-0

  • Discuss and consider with possible action a resolution of support for a compensation and classification study. Carries 5-0

  • Discuss and consider with possible action a resolution authorizing the filing of an application for financial assistance through the Texas Water Development Board to repair infrastructure. Carries 5-0

  • Discuss and consider with possible action a resolution designating city manager James Hubbard as the authorized official for a communications upgrade grant. Carries 5-0

  • Discuss and consider with possible action a resolution casting ballots for nominees to the Cherokee County Appraisal District Board. Carries 5-0 vote for Joe Ballard
Open Forum for Mayor/City Council
Mayor Randy Gorham:
  • Recognition of those who came to the community organized cleanup on November 6th.
  • Encouraging people to attend the Veterans Day Celebration on Saturday, November 13th.
City Manager's Report
  • On the 25th of October, a 22-inch water line was hit by a private company. It resulted in a system-wide loss in pressure and a boil water notice. Thank you to the crews who worked through the night to repair the major water line in a safe and swift manner. Thanks to the community for the grace with which they responded to the boil water notice and ensured the continuation of major services.
  • Public hours at the Jacksonville Animal Shelter will be changed starting Monday, November 13th to improve customer service. Those hours will now be Monday through Friday, 10am to 4pm and Saturday, 8am to 12pm.
  • Completion of the Jacksonville Public Safety Complex is nearing. Fire bay doors will be installed soon and fiber internet was recently installed.
  • Friday, November 12th, the city will be closed in recognition of Veterans Day. I would like to recognize the veterans who work for the city.
City of Jacksonville, Texas