Public hearings draw no comments

By Erika Pedroza | Published Saturday, August 25, 2012

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The Runaway Bay City Council zipped through an unusually lengthy agenda at its regular meeting Tuesday.

After holding a public hearing for both of the following – neither of which garnered any speakers – the council:

  • reviewed the city’s comprehensive plan that includes the addition of the paddling trails; and
  • updated a wholesale water drought contingency plan to be in compliance with Texas Commission on Environmental Quality Standards.

Council members also:

  • agreed to sell a site on an unpopulated area of Blue Ridge Drive and wholesale water to Prospect Oilfield Services. Mayor Robert Ryan and City Secretary/Interim City Administrator Oneta Berghoefer are to negotiate the details of the contract.
  • approved an amendment to the water tower lease agreement with Verizon Wireless. Beginning in November, the city will receive payments totaling $15,000 annually for five years. That amount will increase thereafter.
  • “tied up the loose ends” – such as fund transfers and an additional donation to the fire department – in the 2011-2012 budget.
  • adopted the state-mandated, 2009 edition of the International Energy Conservation Code.
  • amended the Code of Ordinances to reflect 2005 additions governing building construction.
  • renewed interlocal agreements with BlackBoard Connect for a system mass notification system; North Central Texas Council of Governments for the development of mitigation plans; Harris County Department of Education for cooperative purchasing of goods and services; and the Texas Department of Public Safety for a Failure To Appear OmniBase Program that restricts “the violator’s ability to renew their driver’s license for outstanding violations.”

At its next meeting, Tuesday, Sept. 18, the council will hold a public hearing on the proposed 2012-2013 budget.

Like the Bridgeport budget, the budget for the city of Runaway Bay will generate more tax revenue because of property added to the tax roll.

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