Jacksonville City Council members met for their last regular meeting of 2006, Tuesday, and Mayor Robert Haberle took the opportunity to give holiday greetings to the citizens of Jacksonville.

“We hope y’all all have a Merry Christmas and a Happy Holidays and take the time to enjoy the spirit of the season,” Haberle said.

Councilwoman Phyllis Wilburn reminded everyone to “please remember the elderly and shut-ins and the men and women who serve our country (this holiday season).

And Mayor Pro Tem Kenneth Mellvin said he hopes everyone remembers the less fortunate.

Council members approved several items on the agenda, including a preliminary plat for Jacksonville Pines Subdivision.

According to Jacksonville Chief Building Inspector Will Cole, the builder of the apartment complex will need to extend the existing sewer line 1,700 feet.

A lot across from the property of Don Kirkpatrick at Lake Jacksonville was also approved to be used for the location of a storage building.

“There’s a couple of others with similar circumstances (at the lake),” city secretary Betty Thompson said.

The extension of city water services to a home at 1403 West Burleson St., created some conversation about the proximity of the home to the city limits.

According to, Haberle, city water services stop at 1317 West Burleson St. However, since homeowner Olan Foster agreed to pay for the extension of the water line – the council approved the services. But not before several questions were posed to the homeowners about services available along the street.

Haberle explained that the interrogation was “nothing personal,” saying the city has been attempting to avoid a “hemorrhage of variances” this year.

The residents had used a water well for the past 35 years, but due to low rainfall for 2005 and 2006, the Fosters said they wanted to have city services.

Councilmembers unanimously approved an agreement with the Jacksonville Economic Development Corporation to purchase a ladder truck for the Jacksonville Fire Department.

The cost of the truck is $597,489, and JEDCO agreed to pay $400,000 for the truck and allow the city to repay the remaining balance (after arrival in approximately one year) during a two-year period.

Ordinance No. 1289, establishing rules and regulations regarding sanitation and pollution control of areas in proximity of the city’s public water supply wells, was passed.

A sick leave bank for city personnel, which will benefit employees who are unable to work in any capacity due to long-term, non-job related illnesses or injuries of a catastrophic nature, was passed. Melvin commended Jacksonville Personnel Director Diana Morgan for the proposed policy.

One item was denied – the abandonment of Douglas Street. Cole said the area is being considered for retail spaces and apartments (for which it is not currently zoned). The item was tabled during the March city council meeting pending review.

However, Haberle said he did not feel the council knew any more about the situation now.

The council also tabled agenda item No. 7, which was a pay request for a street overlay project for $217,057.79. Jacksonville City Manager Mo Raissi said there is currently ongoing talk and negotiation between the contractor and the city for the request.

No action was taken on the two planned executive sessions. The sessions included discussion of current lawsuits against the city and the city contract with the Paws of East Texas Society. More information will be published as it becomes available, pending release from city attorney Joe Angle.

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