City Hears Annual Asset Forfeiture Report; O.K.’s Surplus Auction, Veterans Day Ceremony; Discuss Oil, Gas Well Ordinance Revisions
On Monday evening, October 18, the Eastland City Commission met for their regular monthly meeting with Commissioners Jerry Mathews, Mark Pipkin, Norman Owen, and Richard Rossander present.
City staff present included City Manager Ron Holliday, City Secretary Shirley Stuart, Finance Director Leslie Zander, Planning Director Bill Dolen, Attorney Lois Rockefeller and EPD Officer Frank Saylors.
The Commission heard a financial report from Zander who informed them the October sales tax report showed a slight decline over the same period last year. She said there will be some minor adjustments as the 2010 fiscal year budget is finalized, but that expenditures came in well under what was budgeted for the year.
Officer Frank Saylors of the Eastland Police Department presented the annual Asset Forfeiture Report. Saylors reported the 2010 beginning balance in the fund was $4,135 and a total of $2,773.66 had been expended during the year. The expenditures included funding a law enforcement records management system and K9 Officer training. The balance in the account to start the new year is $1,361.36.
Holliday presented the board with a list of surplus items to consider for a public auction scheduled for 10:00 am, December 4. The board requested Holliday proceed with the auction plans.
The Commission concurred with scheduling a Veterans Day ceremony at noon on Thursday, November 11, at the Eastland Cemetery. The Mayor encouraged everyone to participate.
Planning Director Dolen discussed the City’s ordinance regulating oil and gas wells in and adjacent to the city. The present ordinance was adopted in 1951. Dolen said the issue is being raised due to oil wells and drilling leases in place on property recently annexed into the city. After a lengthy discussion the Commission requested Dolen and Rockefeller make revisions to a sample ordinance from Arlington and present it at the next commission meeting.
Holliday then gave an update on the Morton Valley Water Supply District and the City of Ranger deliberations. He reported that he has met with both entities, encouraging them to work out a long term water supply agreement.
There was also discussion regarding the city’s potentially adopting the Eastland Economic Development, Inc’s new logo design. Using the same logo by various entities in Eastland would assist in “branding” Eastland for marketing purposes.