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March 20, 2014

Bullard cancels city election

BULLARD — Civic leaders unanimously agreed Tuesday to declare candidates of an upcoming Bullard municipal race as elected, then voted to cancel the May 10 election, said City Manager Larry Morgan.

According to the Texas Election Code, an election may be canceled if no other candidates have filed opposing a candidate vying for a municipal position.

Three seats up for election on the Bullard City Council drew only three applicants: Incumbent council member Shirley Coe, David Rhodes and Jason Hendrix. These candidates will not be sworn into office until after the May election, however.

Also during the meeting, the council unanimously granted a petition by local physicians Matthew Vierkant, Billy Dan Carson and Noah Israel requesting voluntary annexation of a 12-acre undeveloped tract located north of the city limits, between U.S. Highway 69 and Robert Walker Road.

The city and Bullard Economic Development Corporation (BEDCO) are working together to put a sewer lift station on property next to the doctors' property, Morgan said.

Looking to future growth, the men sought annexation to allow for any future sale of the property, he explained.

“This gives those whoever buys that property (access to) sewer services,” he said, adding that this makes the doctors' plat “more viable, because a future commercial entity will need city services … water and sewer are something that you simply have to have to develop or sell property, if it's commercial property.”

Other items addressed on Tuesday's council agenda were:

• A review of Bullard's curfew ordinance, as required every three years by law. The city's juvenile curfew – affecting youths ages 17 and younger – are between 11 p.m. and 6 a.m. Sunday through Thursday, and from midnight to 6 a.m. Friday and Saturday.

• Correction of a property deed that omitted verbiage outlining alleyways on property transferred from the City of Bullard to the Bullard Community Library.

“This was a housekeeping item,” Morgan said. “In order for the library to build on that property, those alleyways needed to be specified on the deed.”

• Awarding a bid to A.K. Contracting, LLC to resurface and stripe the city hall parking lot. The Hawkins-based company submitted a bid of $3,275.

A request by the community library for an increase in funding was tabled, Morgan said.

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