Posted on 15 February 2014.
Patriotism was on display at Thursday’s Chico City Council meeting, even if the U.S. and Texas flags were not.
Following the invocation to begin the meeting, Mayor J.D. Clark turned his attention to the corner of the room to lead the council and others in attendance in the Pledge of Allegiance. The only problem was, the flag wasn’t in its traditional spot. It was still in the Community Center down the hall, the site of a recent Republican candidate forum.
“They’re that way,” Clark said, turning the other direction and pointing in the general direction of the Community Center before leading both the U.S. and Texas pledges.
Later in the meeting, the council approved adding Veterans Day as an official city holiday.
Clark told council members that since several veterans are employed by the city, Veterans Day on Nov. 11 should be added to the city’s holiday schedule.
“I think it would be a nice sign of respect,” he said.
In other business:
- Stephen Gilland presented the results of the city’s annual audit. He said the audit was clean and that the city was in “a good situation.”
- Next month’s meeting was changed from March 4 to March 11 because it fell on the same night as the primary election.
- Action on purchasing a heating and cooling system for city hall was tabled in order to seek more bids.
- An election was called for three council seats.
- The council accepted the resignation of councilmember Sue Manning. Clark read a letter from Manning, who stated she was stepping down due to health reasons.
- Two zoning variance requests were approved, one for a mobile home on Tabor Lane and another for landscaping setback requirements at Sherman Street and Texas 101.
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Posted on 01 February 2014.
The Chico City Council might have one less member after next Tuesday’s meeting.
The council agenda for Tuesday, Feb. 4, includes acting on the resignation of a council member. Although the agenda didn’t specify which council member was resigning, Mayor J.D. Clark said Friday Sue Manning is expected to resign due to health reasons.
“She’s been an incredible servant for the community, and I will miss her input on the council,” Clark said in a message Friday, adding that she has “been a strong advocate for Chico.”
The resignation is expected to take effect immediately.
Clark said he will suggest the council wait to see how May election filings shape up before making a decision on how to fill the open seat. The council will call an election for three other council seats currently held by Karen Garrison, Aracely Cuevas and Louise Gossett.
Other agenda items include approving the annual audit, rescheduling next month’s council meeting, repairing or replacing the heating and cooling system at city hall, adding Veterans Day to the city holiday schedule, an owner-requested zoning variance and regular department monthly reports.
The meeting is at 7 p.m. at Chico City Hall.
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Posted on 04 January 2014.
Security and fireworks are among the items on Tuesday’s Chico City Council agenda.
The council will discuss downtown square and park security at the request of local business owners and the city’s Economic Development Corp.
Also, a citizen has asked the council to consider changing its firework sales ordinance. Under the current ordinance, the sales or use of fireworks is prohibited. The suggested change would allow for the sales of fireworks, but not the discharging of fireworks, in the city limits.
Other agenda items include a variance for flood plain elevation requirements for the Chico Auto Parts construction project, repairing or replacement of the heating and cooling system at City Hall and appointing the official city newspaper. Regular monthly reports will also be given.
The meeting is 7 p.m. at Chico City Hall.
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Posted on 07 December 2013.
The city of Chico now has an engineering firm and a person with unique knowledge of how to solve the city’s water issues.
On Tuesday, the city council voted to hire KSA Engineers to provide engineering work on the city’s water filtration project. KSA has worked with the city on its municipal projects for the past couple of years.
The city was approved for a Community Development Fund grant in the amount of $275,000 from the Texas Department of Agriculture in late August. The grant will fund a new filtration system for the city’s water supply.
Chico Mayor J.D. Clark said KSA has brought in Dr. Dennis Clifford, a professor at the University of Houston’s Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering. Clark said one of Clifford’s areas of expertise is the removal of uranium from water supplies. Chico has had issues with traces of uranium in its water supply going back several years.
“I’m excited to get to work with him, to pick his brain and learn more from him,” Clark said of Clifford.
The project is expected to take 450 days, start to finish.
In a related item, Pat Dillon with Southwest Consultants, the grant administrator for the project, was designated the fair housing officer. Clark explained the grant included a number of regulations, including designating someone to serve in that role.
In other business, the council cast all of its votes for Jimmy Parker for the Wise County Appraisal District Board of Directors. Parker currently serves on the board.
“I’ve been pleased with his service,” Clark said. “He’s been a good advocate for residents. He uses a lot of common sense in his decision-making.”
The council also renewed its annual agreement with the appraisal district for tax collections for the city.
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