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Boyd City Council grants extension; City awaits formal request from member

By Richard Greene | Published Saturday, September 8, 2018
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Boyd City Council members tabled action on the leave of absence from fellow councilman Vince Estel to wait for a formal request.

Estel missed his third straight meeting Tuesday. He works for the Tarrant County Sheriff’s Office and was recently moved to second shift temporarily through the first of the year.

The council will wait until Sept. 18 to act on the formal request.

Boyd Mayor Rodney Holmes said after Tuesday’s meeting he’d received a text from Estel saying that he would provide the written request before the next meeting.

“He gets updates from me and Greg [Arrington]. When he goes back to first shift in January, he can rejoin,” Holmes said. “He’s born and raised here. He’s involved and would like to stay a part [of the council].”

If Estel’s seat became open, the city could potentially have five of its six seats on the ballot in May. The council appointed Ashley Frisinger to Place 1 in May after no one signed up to run for the seat. The unexpired term will be on the ballot again in May.

In other business, the council voted to join Wise County’s emergency mass notification system, utilizing Civic Ready’s mass notification system. The city will pay the county $500 for use. The city was previously paying $2,500 to use Blackboard Connect.

The county switched to Civic Ready in June. Upon the switch, Wise County Emergency Management Coordinator Cody Powell said any cities in Wise could sign on to join Civic Ready at no additional cost to the county. The county could charge cities a low fee to use the system for both city-specific and countywide alerts.

Powell said the cities could utilize more features in the new system.

“The cities that do have it would have substantial cost savings, and they’d actually get more features,” Powell told county commissioners in June. “Some of the cities that do have the mass notification system now, they’re actually not able to afford the weather components of that system And there are some of the smaller jurisdictions that I spoke with that just can’t afford a system, period, because it’s too expensive.”

The council also called for a joint meeting at 6:30 p.m. Sept. 25 with the Municipal Development District board, council and members of the veterans and parks committees to discuss the city’s parks.

The council will also meet Tuesday to pass the city tax rate and budget. The council held a public hearing on the tax rate and budget Tuesday. The city is eyeing a tax rate of 59.99 cents per $100 valuation and a $3.323 million budget.

The proposed tax rate is 5.5 cents above the rollback rate of 54.54 cents. The effective rate, the rate to bring in the same revenue as the year before, is 47.58 cents.

The projected rate is 2 cents below the 2017 rate of 61.99 cents.

“This gives us a little extra money for projects,” Holmes said. “Let’s get them done. We need to also let people know we are taking care of business.”

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