Runaway Bay City Council approves budget, tax rate

The city of Runaway Bay has its budget for the upcoming fiscal year.

At a meeting Tuesday, the city council approved a balanced $1,166,640 general fund budget, funded by a 61.57 cent tax rate. It is the same tax rate as last year.

Proposed capital expenditures include a 3/4-ton pickup for the public works department, an F-150 pickup and equipment for use as a first responder vehicle for the fire department, new pumps and electrical work at the Lake Shore lift station and replacement of manholes at Lake Shore East and Segundo.

The city also plans to pay $119,824 in debt service.

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The council also:

  • approved a 1.8-percent rate increase request by Progressive Waste Solutions for garbage pickup. Rates will increase by 26 cents for residential customers.
  • sold a lot struck off the tax roll to Weldon Davis for $808.

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Runaway Bay budget includes pay raises, medical truck

Runaway Bay city officials Tuesday will vote on the city’s financial plan for the upcoming fiscal year.

The city council will hold a public hearing, then consider approving a $1,166,640 general fund budget, funded by a 61.57 cent tax rate – the same as last year. The tax rate is pending council approval.

For the most part, the budget remains the same.

“Generally speaking, the line items are basically what they’ve been last year and the year before and so forth,” Mayor Robert Ryan said. “Each of the departments are up minimally.”

Administrative expenses are up 2.5 percent, while public works outflow remains steady with a 5 percent increase.

Projected expenditures for the police department are down 9 percent.

“It has to do with $55,000 in capital purchases last year,” City Secretary/Administrator Oneta Berghoefer said. “We don’t have that in this year’s budget.”

Municipal court expenses are also down 32 percent as a result of reducing the judge’s position to part-time.

There are no major changes in the parks, civic center, capital improvement or cemetery funds.

Some noteworthy changes in the budget are:

EMPLOYEE COMPENSATION

City officials opted to grant employees a $1 an hour wage increase.

The budget originally included a 5 percent increase across the board, which met opposition from the council.

“Five percent across the board seems a little heavy,” Councilman Neil Peters said.

Councilman Dan Ticer added: “I don’t like percentages. Period. Me, personally, I’m not going to vote for a percentage raise. Period. That’s me.”

At Ryan’s suggestion, the council proceeded with the $1 an hour increase.

With that raise, each of the city’s 17 employees would earn an additional $2,080 a year. That number would increase the budget by $35,360.

The city will contribute an additional $7,000 to the Texas Municipal Retirement System due to “new mortality assumptions,” Berghoefer said.

FIRE DEPARTMENT

The fire department budget includes $43,000 for the purchase of a 2014 Ford F-150 and equipment to be used as a first responder truck.

“Ninety-plus percent of our calls are medical,” Fire Chief Brian Bernardo said. “This makes us more effective. We would respond to a medical a little faster because that vehicle would be posted with the chief or the assistant or the next highest designated in command if those two positions are out of town.

“It allows that person to go straight to the call. It will be equipped not like a full truck but more than the equipment you can fit in a car – basic firefighting equipment, a good bit of medical gear.”

The expense will be paid for out of fire department funds.

“It won’t be of any cost to the city taxpayer,” Berghoefer said.

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In addition to voting on the tax rate and budget, the council will also consider a 1.8 percent rate adjustment for Progressive Waste Solutions and a bid for a lot.

The meeting, which is open to the public, begins at 7 p.m. It will be held at City Hall, 101 Runaway Bay Drive.

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Runaway Bay City Council to meet two days straight

Runaway Bay city officials will see a lot of each other this week as two meetings are scheduled back-to-back.

During its regular meeting Tuesday, the council will hold public hearings and possibly vote on ordinance regulating secondary buildings and two-car garages.

The public is invited to submit input.

Also during the meeting, the council will vote on amendments to the current budget and will review routine items – the July meeting minutes, financials, accounts payable, activity reports, journal entries and code enforcement report.

The meeting begins at 7 p.m. and will be held at City Hall, 101 Runaway Bay Drive.

The following morning, the council will convene again.

During a work session, they will discuss city ordinances and procedures as well as the proposed budget for the upcoming fiscal year.

The council will also consider a proposed tax rate and set a date and time for public hearings on the matter.

Wednesday’s meeting begins at 9 a.m. It will also be held at City Hall.

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Runaway Bay City Council names Ray to fill vacancy

The Runaway Bay City Council is fully manned again.

At its meeting Tuesday, the council appointed Roland Ray to fill a vacancy created when Kay Simmons resigned.

According to City Secretary Oneta Berghoefer, Simmons has moved outside the city limits and is no longer eligible to hold office.

Simmons was re-elected to the at-large post on the council in May. The term expires in 2016.

Also during the meeting, the council rejected a bid received for work to repair and stabilize the slope failure in Marina Road.

Elected officials authorized city staff to re-advertise since only one bid was submitted.

In routine business, the council approved the June meeting minutes, financials, accounts payable, activity reports, journal entries and code enforcement report.

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Resignation prompts appointment

The Runaway Bay city council will soon have a new member.

At its meeting Tuesday, the council will appoint someone to fill the vacancy created when councilwoman Kay Simmons resigned.

According to City Secretary Oneta Berghoefer, Simmons has moved outside the city limits and is no longer eligible to hold office.

Also at the meeting, the council will review a bid received for repair and stabilizing the slope failure in Marina Road.

The council will also review minutes, financials, accounts payable, activity reports, journal entries and code enforcement report.

The meeting begins at 7 p.m., and will be held at City Hall, 101 Runaway Bay Drive.

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Council to consider road repairs

Repairs may be on the way for a popular street in Runaway Bay.

At its meeting Tuesday, the council will consider approving plans to repair Marina Road and authorizing Neel-Shaffer to advertise for bids.

Officials will also consider authorizing the company to seek bids for a high-service pump at the water treatment plant.

Also on the agenda, the council will consider:

  • an engagement letter with Snow Garrett Williams for the 2014 audit;
  • implementing marina slip fees for holders to maintain their current slip;
  • changes to the parks and recreation board ordinance.

The council will also approve May meeting minutes, financials, accounts payable, activity reports, journal entries and the code enforcement report.

The meeting is at 7 p.m. at City Hall, 101 Runaway Bay Drive.

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Runaway Bay City Council appoints committees

There was no election, but Runaway Bay officials did some restructuring this week anyway.

At its meeting Tuesday, the city council named various citizens to volunteer posts including:

  • Craig Smith, Clay Dent and Allen Williamson to the Economic Development Corp.;
  • Carolyn Moody, Laura Blackburn, Wayne Wall and Tina Wolf to the planning and zoning; and
  • Tommy Thompson, Pansey Green and Diana Theilen to the cemetery board.

City officials also named Jerry St. John mayor pro tem and reappointed Mary Beth Henry the municipal court judge.

In routine business, the council approved the April 15 meeting minutes, financials, accounts payable; activity reports; journal entries; and code enforcement report.

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Runaway Bay City Council to consider board appointments

Although there wasn’t a city council election, there may be a change in volunteer positions in Runaway Bay.

At its meeting Tuesday, the council will meet in closed session to deliberate, then convene in the open to appoint members to the economic development corp., planning and zoning commission, parks board and cemetery board.

It will handle the municipal court judge position the same way – with a closed session discussion and action in a public forum. Mary Beth Henry currently holds that post.

Officials will issue a certificate of election and administer the oaths of office to Mayor Robert Ryan and council members Neil Peters and Kay Simmons, who were re-elected after drawing no opposition.

The council will also consider:

  • appointing a mayor pro tem;
  • authorizing the Wise County Appraisal District to sell real property previously struck off the tax roll for delinquent taxes;
  • the April 15 meeting minutes, financials, accounts payable; activity reports; journal entries; and code enforcement report.

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City to research electric options

The Runaway Bay City Council is about to begin researching its power options.

As a part of the short agenda for Tuesday’s meeting, the council will consider authorizing Mayor Robert Ryan and City Administrator Oneta Berghoefer to negotiate and contract for electric service.

In closed session, they will evaluate the code enforcement officer, Jannie Tucknies, then act in open session.

The council will also consider March meeting minutes, financials, accounts payable, activity reports, journal entries and the code enforcement report.

The meeting, which begins at 7 p.m., will be held at City Hall, 101 Runaway Bay Drive. It is open to the public.

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Runaway Bay Mayor announces board vacancies

The Runaway Bay City Council addressed several expiring terms at its meeting Tuesday.

Mayor Robert Ryan announced the number of expirations on various city boards and commissions. They are:

  • planning and zoning, 3;
  • cemetery association, 4;
  • parks and recreation board, 3;
  • economic development corp., 3.

Those interested in filling one of those terms should contact City Hall at 940-575-4745.

City officials also cancelled the May 10 election after the incumbents holding the three expiring terms on the council were the only ones to file.

The mayor and two council at-large seats were up for election. These posts are held by Robert Ryan, and Neil Peters and Kay Simmons, respectively.

In other news, the council also approved:

  • donating to the Texas A&M Forestry Service surplus property in possession of the volunteer fire department. Equipment includes bunker gear, outdated radios, pagers, speakers and miscellaneous adapters.
  • the police department’s standard operating procedures.
  • the February meeting minutes, financials, accounts payable, activity reports, journal entries and code enforcement report.

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Runaway Bay City Council to cancel election

Only the incumbents signed up for the three expiring terms on the Runaway Bay City Council during the filing period that closed recently.

With no contested races, the council will consider at its meeting Tuesday canceling the May 10 election and declaring the unopposed candidates elected.

The mayor and two council at-large seats were up for election. These posts are held by Robert Ryan, Neil Peters and Kay Simmons, respectively.

At the meeting, Mayor Ryan will announce the expiring terms on other boards and commissions.

The council will also consider disposing of surplus property held by the volunteer fire department, approving the police department’s standard operating procedures and routine business.

The meeting begins at 7 p.m. in the council chambers at City Hall, 101 Runaway Bay Dr. It’s open to the public.

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Runaway Bay council calls joint election

Runaway Bay citizens have more than a city council race to decide.

Because the city does not have its own public school district, students who live in Runaway Bay attend Bridgeport ISD schools.

At its meeting Tuesday, the council approved an agreement with BISD to conduct a joint election in May and split the cost.

On the city council, the mayor’s post as well as two at-large seats are up for grabs.

The incumbents – Mayor Robert Ryan, Kay Simmons and Neil Peters – have all filed for re-election.

On the school board, voters will elect places 6 and 7, held by Ken Kilpatrick and Marti Hines.

Kilpatrick and Donald Majka have filed for place 6, while Hines, Robert Marlett and Steve Stanford have filed for place 7.

The filing period ends Feb. 28.

Early voting is April 28 through May 6. Election day voting is 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. May 10.

Council members also approved selling the police department’s outdated or unused equipment on eBay or a similar auction site. Items to be sold include outdated radios and in-car video systems.

In other business, the council accepted a $12,000 bid on property in the 100 block of Runaway Bay Drive.

“This is property that was struck off to the various entities, and the other taxing entities will have to accept the bid also,” City Secretary Oneta Berghoefer said.

In routine business, the council approved the January meeting minutes, financials, accounts payable, activity reports, code enforcement report, journal entries and racial profiling report from the police department.

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Runaway Bay Council to consider joint election

It’s election time in the city of Runaway Bay.

At its meeting Tuesday, the council will consider approving an agreement with Bridgeport ISD to conduct a joint election.

The mayor’s post as well as two at-large seats on the council are up for grabs.

The incumbents – Mayor Robert Ryan, Kay Simmons and Neil Peters – have all filed to seek re-election.

Council members will also consider a bid on property in the 100 block of Runaway Bay Drive and the approval of sale on outdated/unused surplus equipment owned by the police department.

In routine business, the council will consider the January meeting minutes, financials, accounts payable, activity reports, code enforcement report, journal entries and racial profiling report from the police department.

The meeting begins at 7 p.m. at City Hall, 101 Runaway Bay Drive.

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Runaway Bay City Council approves sewer plant repairs

Runaway Bay’s wastewater treatment plant will soon receive a pair of repairs – one that was planned and another that was an emergency.

At its meeting Jan. 21, the city council approved fixing two blowers and installing a high-service pump.

The pump was a need identified in a water study conducted over the summer. However, the blowers went out just recently.

The council authorized repairing the blowers, which totaled just over $10,000, and approved an engineering contract for the pump installation.

Officials also approved an engineering contract for repairs to a road leading to the marina.

“There’s a little road that goes by the marina that’s deteriorating,” City Administrator/Secretary Oneta Berghoefer said. “We hired the engineer to come in and give us engineering solutions to that.”

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The council also:

  • called the May 10 election. The terms of the mayor and two at-large council seats, currently held by Robert Ryan, Neil Peters and Kay Simmons, expire.
  • performed the annual evaluations on the city administrator/secretary, police chief Tim Donald and municipal court judge Mary Beth Henry. No action was taken.
  • approved the December meeting minutes, financials, accounts payable, activity reports, journal entries and code enforcement report.

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Runaway Bay council to consider road, water plant repairs

Runaway Bay city officials will proceed with plans for various repairs.

At its meeting Tuesday, the council will consider a proposal to repair blowers at the wastewater treatment plant and engineering service contracts to install a high-service pump and repair the marina road.

In routine business, the council will consider calling the May 10 general election and will review the December meeting minutes, financials, accounts payable, activity reports, journal entries and code enforcement report.

The meeting begins at 7 p.m. at City Hall, 101 Runaway Bay Dr.

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Council to meet Tuesday, Thursday

The Runaway Bay city council will meet twice next week, each time to address a relatively short agenda.

For its regular monthly meeting Tuesday, the council will consider the audited financial statements for the fiscal year ending Sept. 30. In addition to routine business – approving the November meeting minutes, financials, accounts payable, journal entries, code enforcement report and activity reports – they will also consider contracting with Wise County Appraisal District for the assessment and collection of city property taxes in 2014,

Tuesday’s meeting is at 7 p.m.

They will meet again for a work session 3:30 p.m. Thursday to discuss engineering requests for qualifications for various projects. City secretary Oneta Berghoefer said specifics had not yet been identified.

Both meetings will be held at City Hall, 101 Runaway Bay Drive.

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