By Nathan Straus
The Jacksonville City Council heard from Richard Ott of Texas Parks and Wildlife on the status of grass carp and hydrilla levels in Lake Jacksonville.
Though this presentation, which occurred during the regular monthly council meeting Tuesday, resulted in no action taken, it will likely be revisited in a future meeting.
Ott said the hydrilla levels in the lake dropped to just a trace amount by August.
“The floods came when the hydrilla was very buoyant,” he said.
Because hydrilla levels are low and native plant numbers seem to be declining, council members heard a recommendation for permitted removal of grass carp. Ott said this wouldn't allow general harvesting of the fish, but a more controlled removal system.
One other item not decided on during the meeting was approval of a letter of understanding for auditing services to be performed by Henry & Peters PC for the fiscal year ending Sept. 30, 2009. This was tabled due to the need for clarification on parts of the letter.
Several points were approved by the council, including:
• Approval of minutes of special meetings of Sept. 1, 8, 15 and 23, and minutes of regular meeting on Sept. 8.
• Public hearing and request for zone change from “G”-Commercial District to “G-Special Use” permit to allow for a church at 1518 East Rusk Street. The applicant was Iglesia Apostolic De La Fe En Cristo Jesus. This was approved unanimously with none speaking out for or against the item.
• Public hearing and request for zone change from “P”-Planned Development to “P-Special Use” permit to allow for a 100-foot self-supporting tower for internet at Lon Morris College. Applicant was CKS Management Inc. This was approved; there were two comments in favor of the tower at the meeting.
• The Jacksonville Chamber of Commerce's 2010 Hotel/Motel Occupancy proposed budget was approved.
By Nathan Straus
- Local News
Body found in bed of truck
Authorities on late Wednesday had not confirmed the identity of a body found in the back of a pickup truck near Reklaw on Tuesday.
According to a press release from the New Summerfield Police Department, officials received a report of an abandoned 2001 Ford pickup Tuesday that was located on a parcel of land in rural Cherokee County.
JEDCO names new president
Five months after Darrell Prcin retired from the Jacksonville Economic Development Corporation, a new president of the organization was announced Wednesday.
And the person is someone who is not unfamiliar to finance and the City of Jacksonville.
JISD sets public hearing for proposed $45M budget
JISD trustees have set a 6:30 p.m. public hearing Aug. 25 to discuss a proposed $45,047,303 budget and proposed $1.395 tax rate for the upcoming school year.
The proposed figures are an increase of $9,532,176 from this past year's $35.5 million budget.
Public health department extends hours to help parents get students vaccinated
As summer break winds down for students, parents turn their eye to more practical matters, like making sure their children are on-task with state-mandated immunizations.
Proposed budget ‘virtually identical’ to 2013 budget
A proposed Troup city budget reviewed Tuesday by council members is “virtually identical” to a 2013 adopted budget of approximately $2.5 million, said City Manager Gene Cottle.
Breaking News: Dead body found near Reklaw; officials investigate
Law enforcement officials are investigating after a dead body was found near Reklaw.
- Jacksonville native promotes comedy gigs
Buoys near 1 property stir waters
A location along Lake Jacksonville has come under scrutiny recently from at least one resident because of city-placed buoys.
Intestinal parasite strikes Texas
State officials recently confirmed cases of an intestinal parasite in Texas.
Clardy appointed to select committee
Today, State Representative Travis Clardy was appointed by Speaker Joe Straus to the House Select Committee on Health Care Education and Training.
- More Local News Headlines
- Body found in bed of truck