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Council Meeting 6-7-2011


I’ve been waiting for the city to post the agenda on their website, but it’s not there yet, so I’ll be typing it in myself as I go. My comments in blue.

I Call to Order

II Citizens’ General Discussion

Drew Allen will be doing his Eagle Scout Project over the next couple of weeks, painting gates, bollard posts and other items at the City Park and the Long Street low-water crossing.

Marian Cole, speaking on behalf of St. Luke’s Episcopal Church, requested that the city repair the curb in front of the church, which has been deteriorating for some time and is an eyesore as well as a potential safety hazard.

III Citizens’ Budget Requests

There were no new budget requests made at the meeting.

IV Specialized Billing Annual Report – Bruce Glover

This is in reference to billing and collections for EMS services.  No significant changes from previous years.


A.  Public Hearing – Consider Request to Rezone from B-2 “Retail and Commercial Business District” to B-5 “Restaurant – Alcoholic Beverage Service District” part of Lot 3, Draper Addition, 3024 West Washington Street.

This is the old TC Buffet Yard location.  There were no speakers for or against the rezoning.

B.  Consider Approving Ordinance 2011-08 Rezoning from B-2 “Retail and Commercial Business District” to B-5 “Restaurant – Alcoholic Beverage Service District” part of Lot 3, Draper Addition, 3024 West Washington Street.

Motion passed.  I thought I heard one “no” vote from the west half of the council chambers, but I can’t say for sure.

C.  Consider Approval of final plat Elliott Addition, being 140.6 acres of land in the J. B. Dupuy Survey, Abstract 196, City of Stephenville, Erath County, Texas.

1200 block of Alexander Road.  Passed unanimously.

D.  Consider approval of Final Plat Dvorak Addition being a 42.69 acre subdivision, 33.67 acres of land in the J. C. Hudson Survey, Abstract 342, and 9.02 acres of land in the J. B. Dupuy Survey, Abstract 196, City of Stephenville, Erath County, Texas.

1600 block of Alexander Road.  Passed unanimously.

VI  Consider Approving Ordinance No. 2011-09 Approving a Negotiated Resolution between the Steering Committee of Cities Served by Oncor and Oncor Electric Delivery Company LLC Regarding the Company’s Application to Increase Electric Rates.

Didn’t catch some of this, but the part that I did get is that a proposed rate increase of around $33 million was negotiated to a little over half that.  Passed unanimously.

VII  Consider Approving Ordinance No. 2011-10 (Corrected) Granting to United Electric Cooperative Services, Inc. an Electric Power Franchise (third and final reading)

Standard contract renewal.  Passed unanimously.

VIII  Consider Approval of Council Committee Appointments

Whatever they were, they passed unanimously.  Sure would be nice if the city could hurry up and share this information with us so I’d know who to yell at about what this year.

IX  Election of Mayor Pro-Tem

Dr Cross again, by unanimous vote.

X  Election of Voting Representative to North Central Texas Council of Governments

Dr Cude again, also by unanimous vote.  Unfortunately, the blogger who was keeping up with NCTCOG’s Bicycle and Pedestrian Advisory Committee seems to have given up a couple of years ago, so maybe Dr Cude will be able to shed some light on happenings there.

XI  Consider Approval of Contract with Erath County for Municipal court Services

Passed unanimously.

XII  Consent Agenda

A  Approve Minutes

1 Regular Council Meeting on May 3, 2011

2 Regular council Meeting on May 17, 2011

B  Consider Accepting Elk Ridge Estates Subdivision – Phase 2B

C  Consider Approving Community Development Block Grant Documents

1. Resolution No. 2011-07 Adopting Section 3 Policy

2. Resolution No. 2011-08 Establishing Section 504 Grievance Procedures

3. Resolution No. 2011-09 Adopting Citizen Complaint Handling Procedures

4. Resolution No. 2011-10 Accepting the 2009 TX CDBG Sewer Improvements Project – College Farm Road

D  Approve Bid Awards

1. Dale, Meador, and Park Streets Concrete Improvements

2. Brick Restoration Project

3. Slurry Seal Project

Items B & D were removed by McDanel and Cude for clarification of projects.  All items were ultimately passed unanimously.

XIII  Comments by City Administrator

XIV  Comments by Council Members

XV  Executive Session.  In compliance with the provisions of the Texas Open Meetings Law, Subchapter D, Government Code, Vernon’s Texas Codes, Annotated, in accordance with Sec. 551.072 Deliberations about Real Property and sec 551.07071(1)(A) Consultation with Attorney; pending or contemplated litigation

A. Lot 3, Block 7, Golf Country Estates, Stephenville

B. Lamar Advantage Holding Co. v. City of Stephenville

C. Internal Revenue Service

XVI  Action taken on Matters Discussed in Executive Session

I didn’t wait around to see if there would be any action on any of these items.

XVII  Adjourn

2 Comments leave one →
  1. mark permalink
    2011/06/10 21:23

    Great job with this blog. I just discovered it this week. Keep up the great work. I too, wish that more people would get involved with city politics. I was at the meeting and heard the “no” vote on ordinance 2011-08 but did not catch who it might have been.

    • 2011/06/12 04:03

      Thanks for the comment Mark. I’m hoping that the blog will help some folks who can’t make it to the meetings to fill in the blanks when agendas and/or minutes don’t get posted. (I notice that this meeting’s agenda still hasn’t made its way to the city’s website 5 days after the meeting.)

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