Linebarger, Goggan, Blair, & Sampson, LLP's report on delinquent tax collections for Sept. 1, 2006 to Aug. 31, 2007 was presented during Tuesday's Stephenville City Council meeting.

There were 5,214 warning notice letters for delinquent taxes mailed to Erath County citizens, 33 lawsuits with 19 dismissed after payments, with total collections of $95,276 for the fiscal year. The city collects 97-98 percent without collection efforts.

Betty Chew, director of community development, presented a recommendation denying the request to rezone from R-1 “Single Family Residential District to R-2 “One-to-Two Family Dwelling District, Lot 25, Block 4, College Heights Addition, located in the 1000 block of West Shirley Street. The scheduled public hearing for those in favor of the request was unattended. Council's motion to deny the requested rezoning carried.

A public hearing is scheduled for Nov. 6 for Genuine Parks Company's presentation and citizens' questions in its request for a Municipal Setting Designation. A second hearing will be Dec. 4 before a vote is taken for the MSD.

City Administrator Mark Kaiser recommended changes to Fred Parker & Associates' construction plans for the City Park's concession stand. The council agreed to Kaiser's recommended changes and will proceed with bidding process

Councilman Alan Nash, finance committee chairman, indicated the hotel and motel tax excess will be used to benefit the city and tourism.

The adoption of Resolution No. 2007-12 suspending the effective date of Atmos Energy Corporation's requested rate change was denied.

Kaiser said construction projects are under way or completed. The Graham Street bridge's traffic will be reduced today to one lane. Scheduled completion is projected for July 2008.The residential area improvements from West Harbin to Frey to Tarleton Streets will begin immediately, and the second airport hangar's foundation has been poured.

After an executive session, the council authorized the city administrator to acquire Lot 1A, Block 56, City of Stephenville.

Cathey Hartmann was welcomed as the new chairman of the Erath County Historical Commission. She said the New Era goal for the ECHC is to provide activities for students and encourage heritage tourism.

SHERRY BOARDMAN is a staff writer for the Empire-Tribune and can be reached at or (254)965-3124, ext 229.