Council announces board, commission vacancies

For Runaway Bay residents looking to become more involved in their city, there are plenty of opportunities.

At its meeting Tuesday, the city council announced places on various boards and commissions that will soon expire. The organization, number of expiring terms and current placeholders are:

  • Planning and Zoning, 4 – Belinda Amerman, Dawnelle Burns, Hope Binkly, Roland Ray
  • Cemetery Association, 4 – Carol Tanksley, Jim Davis, Joyce Waynauskus, Katherine Federspiel
  • Parks and Recreation, 3 – Charles Tisdale, Becky Melton, Jackie Ishmael
  • Economic Development Corp., 4 – Mary Allen, Adam Huitt, Aline Stack, Donald Federspiel.

The posts, which are typically appointed in June, are open to any Runaway Bay resident.

“Anyone can volunteer, and we always need more,” said City Secretary Oneta Berghoefer.

Those interested can stop by City Hall to pick up an application.

For information, call Berghoefer at 940-575-47475.

OTHER BUSINESS

Also at Tuesday’s meeting, the council approved:

  • the purchase of a $6,149 Scag zero-turn, riding lawn mower for the water and sewer plants.
  • cancelling the May 11 election and declaring each candidate – Dan Ticer, Jerry St. John and Berry White – re-elected to office. The incumbents were the only ones who filed for the three at-large spots up for election.
  • disposing of surplus items including multiple bush hogs, tool boxes and wheelbarrow an air conditioner window unit, two gas pumps and various computers and monitors via scrap and trash; and a fifth-wheel hook-up, chain-link fencing, toolboxes, headache racks, sprayers, vending machines, a fire-proof filing cabinet, tiller weedeater, freezer, tire machine, snow cone machine, paddle boats, trailers, prisoner partitions, light bars and mowers via auction.
  • the minutes from its Feb. 19 meeting.

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‘New’ council to be declared elected

Runaway Bay citizens won’t have to wait until May 11 to determine the new makeup of their city council.

In fact, it’s not so new.

With only three candidates filing for just as many at-large spots, the council will cancel the election and declare incumbents Dan Ticer, Jerry St. John and Berry White re-elected at a meeting 7 p.m. Tuesday at City Hall.

The council will also announce expiring terms on various boards and commissions, consider a proposal to purchase a lawn mower for the water and sewer department and discuss the disposal of a number of surplus items including bush hogs, toolboxes, headache racks, a vending machine and prisoner partitions.

They will also review the February meeting minutes, financials, accounts payable, activity reports and journal entries.

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Linzi Leigh Smalley

Dustin and Ashley Smalley of Runaway Bay announce the birth of a daughter, Linzi Leigh, on March 11, 2013, at Wise Regional Health System in Decatur. She weighed 9 pounds, 12 ounces and was 19 1/2 inches long.

She has a sister, Aubrey Jeanne, 2.

Grandparents are Robin and Gere Melton and Bob and Judi Conger, all of Runaway Bay, and Dan Smalley of Gatesville.

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Police chief position open, code officer created

The City of Runaway Bay will add two staff positions to the payroll following the council’s meeting Tuesday night.

After approving amendments that made a city ordinance on the police chief position uniform with a more recent personnel policy (adopted in 2010), the council approved posting the job opening.

The ordinance originally required the police chief to report to the mayor daily. Although the position is to be appointed by the council, the chief is to daily report to the city administrator (filled in the interim by Oneta Berghoefer) and to the council at its monthly meetings, as outlined in personnel policy.

The new job description also excludes the duty of serving as public safety director and eliminates required patrol hours.

The changes were discussed at a work session Feb. 13.

“It makes the two the same,” Mayor Robert Ryan said.

The position will be posted through March 22 before the selection process is initiated. Rex Richie has served in the interim since Drew Paschall resigned last year.

Later in the meeting, the council also created a part-time, contracted code compliance officer position. Because the city cannot contract past the end of the fiscal year, the position is for six months.

“That gives us time to evaluate the performance and need thereafter,” Ryan said.

The post will earn a monthly $500 salary – a $3,000 impact on this budget.

Berghoefer said she’d been in contact with someone who holds the required licenses and permits but declined to give a name.

Because the position is contracted, the city cannot stipulate the hours worked.

“They work at their own discretion,” Berghoefer said.

But the hired hand is to report to her weekly, the mayor added.

POOLING TIME

In related personnel matters, the council approved the formation of a voluntary sick-leave pool at the request of employees wanting to donate their sick days to a co-worker in need.

According to the ordinance, to use time from the pool, an employee must:

  • contribute at least one eight-hour period to the sick pool annually;
  • have exhausted all of their own approved time off;
  • be using it for personal, catastrophic ailments, not to care for a family member; and
  • not request more than 120 days a year (240 total) or one-third of the pooled time.

The pool will be administered by a committee comprised of department heads and one council member appointed by the mayor, and once time is donated, it cannot be returned. City employees get 12 sick days a year.

The city will make a one-time match of the hours donated by individual employees to get the pool started.

“I’ve had experience with something similar in the past,” Ryan said. “It’s not used very often, but when it’s needed, it’s needed.”

IN OTHER NEWS

  • Berghoefer shared a note of praise submitted through the city’s website. A man from Temple was having trouble getting in contact with his daughter, who just moved to Runaway Bay over the weekend. So he called the police department and had them check on her. He was “very impressed with the timeline in which the response was handled.” The note continued with, “You have a wonderful community and a very good police department.”
  • Councilman Neil Peters received the green light to talk with golfball manufacturers and other companies about advertising on the city’s water tower, whichlooks like a golfball atop a tee. Although no price was set, the council discussed charging $100,000 up-front to be featured on the water tower for 10 years. “I think I may be underpricing it,” Peters said. “That money would be used to rehab and repaint the water tower and add the logo.”
  • Councilmembers awarded a $6,800 contract to Basic IDIQ to install handicapped-accessible ramps at City Hall, to be paid for with funds allocated for municipal building repairs. The council postponed a decision to install ramps at the police and fire buildings pending additional research.
  • The council approved routine items – minutes from the Jan. 15 regular meeting and Feb. 13 work session; the police department’s racial profiling report, as required by the state; and the January financials, accounts payable, activity reports and journal entries.

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Marina talk dominates council session

Storm-damaged docks at the Ben Hickey Marina claimed much of the time at Tuesday’s Runaway Bay City Council meeting.

To compensate residential leaseholders who have not had access to their marina slips since microburst winds in excess of 65 miles-per-hour blew through in August, the council authorized a one-time $50 adjustment on bills that will be sent out at the end of the month.

“The way this is written out, if people want to donate their $50, then they don’t ask for a refund,” Mayor Robert Ryan said. “If they don’t want to donate $50 a month, then they do ask for a refund of one month, or $50.”

Because the council does not yet know how many tenants will choose to donate and how many will opt for the adjustment, a specified budget impact was not readily available.

“If everyone asks for an adjustment – which I’m fairly certain is not going to happen – we’re looking at a three-fourths of a cent tax rate (increase),” Ryan said. “It’s really unknown, at this point, as to how that would affect us financially.”

City officials believe the potential maximum increase is enough.

“We can’t expect the rest of the citizens of Runaway Bay to pay for the marinas,” Jerry St. John said. “For leaseholders, it’ll either be additional, higher fees to make up for that shortfall, or continue to pay the $50 fee.”

City secretary Oneta Berghoefer added that customers can cancel their lease at any time and get a pro-rated amount returned on what’s been paid.

“Nobody’s come forward to do that,” she said. “They want to hang on to their spot. We currently have a waiting list of 30 people.”

In November, the council accepted a $173,998 proposal from Basic IDIQ to repair the marina docks. However, additional work has since been identified. To fund that, the council on Tuesday approved a financing agreement with Government Capital in the amount of $65,000. It will be financed at $14,000-plus for five years.

However, the council will check to see if other parties can also be held accountable and thus help with the expense.

“There be may be some negligence on the part of the insurance company or the contractor,” Councilman Neil Peters said. “We need to look into that.” Peters said a contractor was asked to come work on the docks, and promised to do so, but said he was “too busy.”

Councilman Berry White supported efforts to collect from other parties but said the city needs to go ahead and start on the repairs.

“We can always come back and make the adjustment.” he said.

The financing agreement originally included funds to add 10 slips to the “b docks” and generate additional revenue for the city, as discussed at a work session Feb. 13. That would’ve necessitated a $150,000 loan that would, in turn, require a three-cent tax-rate increase for five years to pay off.

Given that financial burden, and taking into account the additional repairs that came with the change order along with the number of years it would take before the city realized any profit, the council decided against adding the slips.

“In light of the fact that we’re going to need funds for other capital outlay items, as well as water and sewer issues that we’ll be exposed to, hopefully within another 30 days, as a result of our water study being completed … I don’t feel like the return on those additional slips was important at this time,” Mayor Ryan said.

“For sure we’ve got to do the repairs if we’re going to operate the marina. I would hope we wouldn’t want to obligate ourselves for that additional amount of money in light of the other things that we know are coming down.”

Councilman White agreed, adding, “It would not be the prudent thing to do economically.”

Work at the marina started in the last week.

“Hopefully we’ll see that come together in the next two or three months,” Berghoefer said.

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City looks at police chief, code compliance officer positions

Two city staff positions will be defined at the Runaway Bay City Council meeting 7 p.m. Tuesday, Feb. 19, at City Hall, 101 Runaway Bay Dr. After considering an amendment to the “powers and duties” of the chief of police, councilmembers will consider posting the opening. Rex Richie has served in the interim since Drew Paschall resigned last year.

The council will also consider creating a code compliance officer position.

In related personnel matters, the council will look at amended policies and a voluntary sick leave pool.

Councilmembers will consider options to fund additional repairs to marina docks damaged by storms last spring and summer. They will also look at authorizing the city secretary to adjust the fees for tenants who could not access their docks because of the damage.

The council will discuss adding 10 slips to the B docks; proposals for installing handicap ramps at City Hall and the police and fire buildings; and giving Councilman Neil Peters the go-ahead to seek companies to advertise their logos on the city water tower.

In routine business, council will look at the minutes from the Jan. 15 meeting and Feb. 13 work session; the January financial, accounts payable and activity reports; journal entries and the annual police stops racial profiling report.

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Natalie Wood and Clint Wilson

Natalie Wood, daughter of Raymond and Pam Wood of Decatur, will marry Clint Wilson, son of Gary Wilson of Decatur and Debra Wilson of Runaway Bay, March 16, 2013, at The Chandor Gardens in Weatherford.

The couple plan to live in Decatur.

Natalie Wood and Clint Wilson

Natalie Wood and Clint Wilson

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Raef Henry San

Keo and Nicole San of Runaway Bay announce the birth of a son, Raef Henry, on Jan. 21, 2013, at Wise Regional Health System in Decatur. He weighed 7 pounds, 13 ounces and was 19 1/2 inches long.

He has one brother, Nian Lee San, 2.

Grandparents are John and Chanry Yoest of Tipton, Mo.

Great-grandparent is Mary Yoest.

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Rollover injures 1

A man was transported to Wise Regional Health System early Friday morning after his vehicle rolled on U.S. 380 east of Decatur.

Phillip Garrett of Runaway Bay was driving eastbound on 380 near County Road 4004 at 3:45 a.m. when he saw a deer, said Department of Public Safety spokesperson Lonny Haschel.

Garrett swerved to miss the deer and overcorrected to the left, which caused the vehicle to roll.

According to Wise County dispatch, a helicopter was called to transport the patient, but it was unable to fly due to fog.

Medic 1 transported Garrett to WRHS in Decatur with non-life threatening injuries.

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Council approves joint election

In a brief, 30-minute meeting, the Runaway Bay City Council Tuesday called a joint election for May 11 with the Bridgeport School District to split polling costs.

Three council seats will be on the ballot. They are currently held by Dan Ticer, Jerry St. John and Berry White.

In routine business, the council approved the December meeting minutes, financials, accounts payable, activity reports and journal entries.

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Runaway Bay council to tackle election issues

Aside from calling the May 11 election for three spots on the city council and considering partnering with the Bridgeport school district to split election costs, the agenda for Tuesday night’s Runaway Bay City Council meeting looks routine.

The council, which meets at City Hall (101 Runaway Bay Dr.), will review minutes, financials, accounts payable, activity reports and journal entries for December.

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Marian Hill Watson

Marian Hill Watson, 78, formerly of Runaway Bay, died Friday, Dec. 14, 2012, in Bedford.

Funeral was Dec. 17 at Coker-Hawkins Funeral Home in Decatur with the Rev. David Burrows officiating. Burial followed at Oaklawn Cemetery.

Marian was born Sept. 24, 1934, in Fairy to Cornelius Orion and Effie Hall Hill. She retired from Vought Aircraft and was a member of the First Baptist Church in Bridgeport. Marian was preceded in death by her husband, James G. Watson.

Survivors include her daughter, Bonny Sue Williams; son David Watson and wife, Denise, all of Bedford; grandchildren Robin Fennema and husband, Sean, and Amy Graham and husband, Brian, all of Grapevine, Jim Watson of Norman, Okla., Andrew Watson and wife, Tiffany, of Bremerton, Wash., and Kyle Hunter of Bedford; great-grandchildren Kelsie, Madison, Cole, Chip, Collin, Sydney, Macy, Dimity, Gabriella, Benjamin and Frederick; brothers Billy Hill and wife, Beverly, of Cranfills Gap, L. C. Hill and wife, Shannon, of Conroe, and Reggie Hill and wife, Sandra, of Bedford.

Memorials may be made to the Fort Worth Alzheimer’s Association, 101 Summit Ave., Suite 300, Fort Worth, TX 76102.

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Kinzlie Raeigh Baker

Larry Baker and Shanee Baker of Runaway Bay announce the birth of a daughter, Kinzlie Raeigh, on Nov. 22, 2012, at Wise Regional Health System in Decatur. She weighed 6 pounds, 5 ounces and was 18 inches long.

Grandparents are Larry and Sherry Baker, Roger Grober and Rhonda and Chris McConnell.

Great-grandparents are Larry and Lavri Baker, Jimmy and Verlin Hunt, Sharon and Grady Williams, Lena Grober, John Grober, and Arlis Grober and Frances and Wilson Hale.

Great-great-grandparent is Frances Tedrow.

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Ruben Zapata

Ruben Zapata

Ruben Zapata, 65, of Runaway Bay died Monday, Nov. 26, 2012.

Visitation is 6 to 8 p.m. Thursday, Nov. 29, at Coker-Hawkins Funeral Home in Decatur.

Ruben was born Feb. 6, 1947, in Del Rio to Manuel and Juanita (Mendoza) Zapata. He served in the 3rd Recon of the United States Marine Corps during the Vietnam War and married Carolyn Green on Oct. 26, 1969, in Acuna, Mexico. He retired from Global Group Inc. as a printer.

He is survived by his wife, Carolyn Zapata of Runaway Bay; sons Anthony Bartoo and wife, Tracy, of Chico, and Weldon Eugene Bartoo, Ruben Lee Zapata Jr., Jason Samuel Zapata, and Jessie Martinez and wife, Nicole, all of Runaway Bay; daughters Yolanda Zapata of Runaway Bay, and Michelle Duncan and husband, Chase, of Frisco; 12 grandchildren; and five great-grandchildren.

He is also survived by brothers Efrain Hernandez of Maryland, Raul Zapata of Fort Worth and Manuel Zapata Jr. of Austin; sisters Orfa Linda Subialdea of Fort Worth and Mickey Shortnacy of Fort Worth; numerous nieces, nephews and a host of friends.

He was preceded in death by his parents, a brother, three sisters and a granddaughter, Brittney Zapata.

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City council votes to fix floor

To avoid a dangerous situation, the Runaway Bay City Council Tuesday approved a $12,576.85 bid to repair damages to the floor in the city council chamber.

The damages, it is believed, are a result of a front flower bed that allows water to come underneath the building and keep it saturated.

“Folks, y’all have got a mess,” said Larry Settle with Basic IDIQ, a general contractor that works through purchasing cooperatives. “We brought in three different contractors to crawl under and look at this facility … You’ve got some very bad wood under here. I’m very concerned that, someday, someone is going to fall through and hurt themselves.”

An original contractor outlined an extensive plan that included demolishing the flower bed and changing that front area, implementing ventilation (more than what has already been added) and adding a completely new floor – ripping out the flooring, replacing the joists, carpet, and even some of the drywall where mold has begun to grow.

The pricetag for that fix – up to $60,000 – did not appeal to the council.

“Our opinion was to completely tear this thing all the way down and replace everything – fix the ventilation, use marine board and make this thing a council room that will last forever, a lot longer,” Settle said. “But then the price was quite a bit more.”

So the company presented a more economical option that limited the scope of work to about one-third of the room’s area, toward the back where most of the damage is located. Workers will pull back the carpet and padding to allow access to the wood floor, then remove the plywood flooring to expose the rotted joists. After tearing out those joists, treated 4×6 support beams and joists would be installed to support the new plywood flooring. Then the existing padding and carpeting would be reattached.

“We were trying to come up with a way to spend the least amount of money,” Settle said. “But this is putting a Band-Aid on it … It’s not going to last forever. Everything needs to be replaced. All places are showing signs of rot, some dry rot. But it’s extremely bad in a particular section (the back of the room where citizens sit). That’s wet rot.”

City officials were reluctant to pour too much money into the building, which may be outgrown if anticipated growth materializes after a change in the city’s housing ordinance. See related story on page 6A.

“If the housing we’ve approved goes in, we’re going to have the need for a larger space than this,” Mayor Robert Ryan said. ” … also keeping mind that we do have a sizeable amount of repair work pending down at the dock. We don’t need to jump off and spend all the money on a room we use once a month.”

White added: “This $12,000 that we’re going to spend would be enough to last for a period of 10 years. That would be adequate enough for growth and see where we might need to go from there.”

Even though the price was more favorable, council was not pleased with all of the corners cut.

“It says here that you’ll do the underlying with particle board, and I know particle board, when it gets damp, it pretty much disappears,” Councilman Neil Peters said. “It’s a very, very weak wood whenever it gets damp.”

So the council requested the particle board be replaced with extra heavy-grade plywood, an estimated $330 increase.

“It may be just a Band-Aid,” White said. “But we’re trying to get a better brand of Band-Aid.”

The council approved the proposal on the condition that the better quality material be added and with knowledge that more damages may be identified once the ground is exposed.

“Maybe that’s a good time for us to go back and look at adding an addendum to seal the flower bed and look at guttering as well,” Ryan said. “But we need to do it.”

Councilman Ticer agreed but also advised: “I know it needs fixing. But we need to be prepared to spend a lot more money to do it, expect a lot more damage when they pull the floor up. Let’s do it right.

Settle said that most of the costs and labor are are already accounted for.

“When we tear this up, we’re going to see if there’s anything else that desperately needs to be done,” he said. “But the main part of the labor and costs is already there. Buying a few more timbers is not that big.

“But this needs to be addressed before it gets real wet again.”

Once started, the project should be completed in two to three-and-a-half weeks.

In other news

  • Mayor Ryan reported that repairs to bring up the water plant to TCEQ standards were to begin next week and work to patch Runaway Bay Drive, the city’s “main entrance” is on the drawing board.
  • White requested the city look at compensating – either through refund or credit on their bill – the owners not able to access docks and other facilities due to storm damage. City staff said such adjustments are already in the works. The council plans to meet with an engineer “in the not-too-distant future” to talk dock repair.
  • The council approved the consent agenda that included the minutes from the Oct. 16 meeting and a contract with Wise County Appraisal District for property tax assessment and collection.
  • Council members also OK’d the October financials, accounts payable, activity reports and journal entries.

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Less for more: Ordinance allows smaller homes

With less, the city of Runaway Bay hopes to get more. More tax revenue, that is.

At the request of the Planning and Zoning Commission and after extensive research, the council Tuesday approved a building ordinance amendment allowing the construction of 1,300-square-foot homes (down from the previous 1,600-square-foot minimum) in designated areas.

The particular zones are in the Tryall and Lanai drives area, south of U.S. 380, and the back side of Flozell Adams Drive, north of 380 on the far west edge of town. They were selected by a two-person team of P&Z chairman Roland Ray and Pat Pravitz, who initiated the effort.

“The only way we’re going to get more taxes in the city of the Bay, we’ve got to get business here or we’ve got to build houses. And right now, businesses are not banging the door down to get in, so our best bet is probably in the housing area,” Ray said.

But the two recognized the required 1,600-square-foot minimum home size was not accommodating.

“Like Pat said when she first approached me with this, we need to look at building a smaller home – just as good a home, but let’s go a little smaller,” Ray continued. “We are a retirement community. In doing so, we need to maybe open the door to more affordable homes.

“We want the same type of housing we’re building now,” he added. “We don’t want to put in a less-desired structure. We just want to make it a little smaller.”

The two talked with local contractors and developers, who supported the change. They presented their findings to the rest of the committee, who gave them a green light. Notices were sent to the individuals who would be impacted, requesting their input through phone calls and a public hearing.

“We had some phone calls, but nobody came to our public hearing,” Ray said. “In my opinion, the feedback is OK. I don’t see anybody that has a tremendous feeling against doing this particular thing.”

In addition to allowing smaller homes, the new ordinance also eliminates the requirement of “one covered parking spot with 60 feet of storage area and a second parking area.”

“According to the individual we talked to, resale of homes with a one-car garage is very difficult,” Pravitz said. “Although he was in favor of a two-car garage, you have to think of our single citizens who don’t have a need for two spaces.”

In addition, one less requirement gives builders and potential new residents “a little more leeway,” Councilman Berry White said.

“The homes would not take away or detract from the community of Runaway Bay,” Ray said. “We didn’t want to reduce any of the building codes previous councils have put in place to ensure that we get attractive homes in the community … This opportunity is good for the community. It’s about growth. It’s about building affordable homes that fit our community.”

The council unanimously approved the motion, made by White, seconded by Jerry St. John.

“I was a building inspector around here for about four years, and I turned down more houses here than anywhere because people wanted to build 1,400- and 1,300-square-foot homes,” Councilman Dan Ticer said. “So I think it’s an absolute must that we do this.”

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Debbie Elizabeth Huffman

Susan and Kevin Huffman of Runaway Bay announce the birth of a daughter, Debbie Elizabeth, on Nov. 1, 2012, at Wise Regional Health System in Decatur. She weighed 7 pounds, 11 ounces and was 17 3/4 inches long.

Grandparents are Frank and Treon Hoelscher of Wylie and Carol Huffman of Bridgeport.

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King represents district well

State Rep. Phil King has represented our community’s values in Austin extremely well, and we need to re-elect him this November.

Phil has been a tireless fighter for responsible government spending, lower taxes and regulations, and conservative family values since his first day in office. He knows that Texas is a model for the rest of the country because we have stuck to the ground rock principles that our forefathers laid out in the U.S. Constitution.

We must have true conservative leaders in Austin like Phil King to keep Texas going strong. Please join me in supporting Phil at the polls.

Sincerely,

Bettye Parker
Runaway Bay

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Council approves machinery lease, equipment purchases

The city of Runaway Bay will add a compact track loader, a thermal imaging camera and street entrance signs to its inventory.

Its city council Tuesday unanimously authorized the lease of the heavy machinery and purchase of the latter during its regular meeting.

The T190 Bobcat Track Loader will be leased on the Municipal Roll Out program for $8,068. That includes the track loader, a bucket grapple, low-profile bucket, pallet puller with teeth and a vibratory roller.

Although the expenditure was approved during the budget-writing season, the lease requires a separate agenda item.

“We (chose) to go the lease route to see how this piece of equipment actually met our needs,” Mayor Robert Ryan said.

At the end of the one-year lease, the council has the option to purchase that piece of equipment, have a new machine rolled out or continue a lease on the machine.

“Now we can get to pick up that brush,” Councilman Dan Ticer said.

At the request of the city’s fire department, the council approved the purchase of a thermal imaging camera from the Lake Bridgeport Volunteer Fire Department.

“They got a grant to get a new one,” interim Police Chief Rex Richie said. “It’s used for structure fires to determine where there are hot spots inside a residence, which helps further make sure the property loss is going to be the least possible.”

Purchasing the refurbished piece of equipment, which was replaced by the manufacturer two years ago, saved the city a “substantial” amount.

“Buying it new would cost anywhere between $14,000 and $16,000,” Richie said. “It’s functional. It operates as it’s supposed to. It’s definitely a beneficial tool to have in our fire department.”

The town’s nine street exit signs, damaged by summer storms, will be replaced with green metal fixtures that feature reflective lettering and an 8-inch logo and numbers. The cost is $3,676, after insurance reimbursement.

In other news, the council:

  • heard from citizen Lannie Foreman regarding a high water bill;
  • continued an agreement for COBRA administration;
  • approved the minutes of the Sept. 18 regular meeting and Oct. 8 work session; and
  • OK’d the September 2012 financials, accounts payable, activity reports and journal entries.

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Bentley Kash Baker

Brittany Brianna Baker and Cole Greyson Lemmon of Runaway Bay announce the birth of a son, Bentley Kash Baker, on Oct. 9, 2012, at North Texas Community Hospital in Bridgeport. He weighed 6 pounds and was 19 inches long.

He has one brother: Brayden Briant Baker, 11 months.

Grandparents are Dwayne Alan Baker and Daphnie Dawn Baker of Runaway Bay.

Great-grandparents are Brenda and Johnny Baker, and Brenda and Jimmy Osborne.

Great-great-grandparents are Thelma Clower and Lavern Thomas.

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