City Council met Monday evening and voted to suspend a rate increase that would see the average citizen have their electric bill raised by more than $10 a month. Also passed were a couple of ordinances and amendments. Two items from the agenda were pulled and moved to their next meeting.
Prior to the meeting, council held a workshop and heard presentations for the city’s salary survey, certificate of occupancy process and an update on the park development fee. Council ended the night by approving the sale of a property in closed session.
During the meeting, council voted to suspend the Texas-New Mexico Power rate increase, which would be effective July 5. The suspension lasts for 90 days and will allow the city to look into the rate increase. A law firm, Lloyd Gosselink was hired to represent the city in negotiations with the company. Gosselink has worked with the city before and was hired after council voted to deny an application from Oncor that would raise rates in early May.
TNMP submitted an application on May 30 that would look to raise residential rates by 23.4 percent and street lighting by 11.8 percent. The average customer would see their monthly bill raise by about $12.21, according to background material.
In a meeting that saw three separate public hearings, Council approved an ordinance change that will allow an 82-townhome development on the corner of College Parkway and Summit Avenue
Council voted to table two items at the meeting. One item dealt with the First Baptist Church on Valley Ridge Boulevard and them requesting to expand their church’s size without adding deceleration lanes to its parking lot entrances, while removing some portable buildings.
During workshop, Councilmember TJ Gilmore brought up that a school is set to be built in the area as well, and suggested the item be tabled until more information could be gathered on it. Council voted to move the item to their July 2 meeting.
An ordinance amending city code to make changes to the Parkland Dedication Requirement was also tabled and moved to their July 2 meeting. The update would help the city in further measuring how much parkland development the city needs, according to background material.
Council also held a public hearing for the curfew ordinance, their second hearing on the topic. The curfew ordinance, which was passed in 1994, requires a review every three years. The last review was in 2015.
With Police Chief Russ Kerbow retiring in September, council announced the selection of the next police chief, Kevin Deaver. Council also discussed the appointments of a variety of boards and commissions across the city.