Daily Progress, Jacksonville, TX

April 10, 2014

Several topics reviewed at council meeting

Date to canvass election set

April Barbe
Jacksonville Daily Progress

JACKSONVILLE — Property footage, street closures and scheduling a date to canvass the upcoming municipal election were discussed Tuesday during the Jacksonville City Council meeting.

The council approved noon May 16 to canvass the election.

Meanwhile, the city is still considering a request for additional footage to a lot in South Shore subdivision.

According to City Manager Mo Raissi, the leaseholder requested an extra 30 feet added to his lot from an adjoining vacant piece of property.

City officials recommended adding another 20 feet in order to make the piece of land an official lot.

"Our surveyors will go out (to the property), and when we determine what to do it will be up for approval," Raissi said.

By creating a stand-alone lot, the property will be up for lease through the city's bidding process.

Meanwhile, council members approved closing Austin Street from East Rusk to Wilson streets and Commerce Street from Austin to the underpass for the annual Tomato Fest event.

The streets will be blocked at 5 p.m. June 13 in preparation of the June 14 event.

Also, a request from the Jacksonville Fire Department to apply for a grant was approved by council members. Grant monies will replace two of the department's LifePack Monitors. Since the company that makes the monitors will not longer supply parts or maintain older models, new units are needed.

The packs cost approximately $30,000 each, and if approved, the grant will pay for $7,500 for each one, officials said. The expense to pay the remaining costs would go into the next year's budget cycle.

Speaking of equipment, council members approved a list of items to be auctioned off. In about two weeks, the items will be available for bidding at AuctioneerExpress.com, Raissi said.

“We've done it for the past four or five years, and it ranges between $20,000 and $30,000 (profit) to the General Fund,” Raissi said. “Anybody can bid on it.”

Robert Gonzales was approved for re-appointment to the ACCESS Board. Gonzales was first appointed to the board in 2006.

Council members opted to table the discussion about re-organizing the Jacksonville Economic Development Corporation. The item included changes to the committee's bylaws. Raissi said the issue will be discussed further with an attorney before moving forward.

No action was taken during the meeting regarding the council's executive session before the regular meeting. Raissi said the topic of the executive session was real property. No further information was released.

Other items approved during the meeting included:

– A zone change at Mission Village of Jacksonville from a commercial district to a multi-family zone;

– Adoption of Ordinance No. 1470 to abandon a portion of a city alleyway;

– Approval of an annual $8,000 lease agreement between the YMCA and the city for operations of Buckner Park Pool; and

– A quit-claim deed for JISD to change the property description of a parking lot adjacent to the gym. The former description was from the 1930s-era and needed to be updated, Raissi said.