City of Jacksonville

Jacksonville Police Officer Quincy Hamilton was awarded a medal for heroism Tuesday night during the August city council meeting.

Hamilton was the responding officer to a riot on Alabama Street in July. During the incident, he received cuts, bruises, facial injuries and a sprained wrist. Hamilton is a four-year JPD veteran.

The council, along with the Jacksonville Economic Development Corporation, also recognized Builder's Best as the “Employer of the Month.” The business was one of the first in Norman Industrial Park and employs more than 200 people at its manufacturing facility.

They recently implemented a program employing JHS students, which almost doubled employees hired this year.

Jacksonville officials held their first public hearing Tuesday for the proposed tax rate of 0.6900 for the 2019-2020 fiscal year budget. This rate will be assessed per $100 property valuation, and will be used to help fund the proposed city budget.

Four other public hearings were also be held during the regular council meeting, slated for 6 p.m. Tuesday at City Hall.

The council heard and received input on the annexation of 19-plus acres north of Jacksonville; information for a zone change form “D-Multi-Family” to “B-One and Two Family” for 532 S. Bolton St.; information for a zone change with special use permit to allow for an animal shelter at 601 Woodlawn Avenue; and information on a request by JEDCO to correctly align the zoning at approximately 700 block of CR 4102 within the Thomas Quevado survey to allow for future manufacturing/commercial development.

Action taken during the meeting included:

Approval of the voluntary annexation of JEDCO-owned property to further economic development. This property is being sold to allow for a power plant. The operators of the plant have requested the property be located in the city limits;

Approval of a zone change at 532 S. Bolton St. Planning and Zoning met Aug. 1 in an effort to provide recommendation to council. Mr. Arroyo (pastor of the former church located at this address) is making this request to help relieve some of the stress caused by driving while taking care of a sick family member. Converting this structure into a house, Arroyo will not have to drive back and forth from Bullard everyday. The Boards' recommendation was to allow the Zone Change from "D"- Multi Family to "B- One and Two family;

Approval of a zone change with special use permit at 601 S. Woodlawn Ave. Planning & Zoning met August 1 in an effort to provide recommendation to council. Lauren Miller (a representative of County Roads Rescue) recently purchased the City's old animal shelter and is requesting to zone the property to allow for a "re-homing" animal rescue facility. The Board's recommendation was to allow the Zone Change from "B" - One and Two family to "F"- Local Retail with a Special Use Permit;

An ordinance aligning the zoning at approximately the 700 block of County Road 4102, to allow for future manufacturing/ commercial development;

A resolution, entering into a financial contract with Government Capital Corporation (via Southside Bank) for the purpose of financing a loan for the purchase of a combination single engine sewer cleaner. Financing of 2.78 percent will save the City $20,546.76; and

A resolution in support of of economic development incentives, to seek City Council approval of three economic development projects. Each of the projects were unanimously approved by the JEDCO Board of Directors.

Items approved on the consent agenda included:

- Minutes from July 9 City Council meeting; Budget workshop Aug. 2; Budget workshop Aug. 3; Agenda workshop Aug. 8;

- A street closing of Bonner Street between Wilson and Commerce streets for Sept. 27, from 4 p.m. - midnight for a Bull Bash Street Dance;

- The Cherokee County Appraisal District 2020 budget;

- The Jacksonville Economic Development 2020 budget; and

- An inter-local agreement with East Texas Council of governments for 911 services.

District 3 Councilman Tim McRae was not present.