Stephenville city councilors will convene this evening to hear several committee reports, as well as possibly approve a memorandum of understanding with Lowe’s Home Centers, Inc.

The regular business meeting, which begins at 5:30 p.m. at city hall’s council chambers, will open with a presentation from representatives of Lowe’s followed by possible approval of an economic development incentive MOU between the city and the home improvement retailer.

City Administrator Mark Kaiser said last week that Lowe’s has expressed an interest in developing property along US Hwy. 377 and is seeking support from the city to enter into a tax sharing agreement for the construction of a new store.

Councilors will also hear from Stephenville Chamber of Commerce president July Danley and Stephenville Museum treasurer Bill Oxford Sr. who will present their tourism budgets and annual reports for possible approval.

A public hearing is also scheduled to consider a request by Dwain Bruner and Sundey Singh to rezone property located in the 800 and 900 blocks of Drew Street, and 700 block of East Road.

The Planning and Zoning Commission has forwarded their recommendation to the council to rezone the properties from R-2 “One and Two Family Residential District” and I “Industrial District” to B-2 “Retail and Commercial Business District.”

Prior to the public hearing, councilors will also receive the P&Z Commission’s annual report from vice chairman Jerry Warren.

The location of the proposed aquatics center will be considered by councilors following last week’s recommendation approved by the city’s Parks and Recreation Advisory Board. Councilors will receive the board’s suggestion which is supported by the C.T. Brannon Corporation, the firm hired by the city to design the facility.

Upon approval by the council, a notice to proceed with design development layouts will be given to move forward with the project.

Other items up for consideration on tonight’s agenda, include:

• Finance Committee’s report which contains the comprehensive annual financial audit, a review of the general fund finances and possible approval of the public safety grants resolution;

• Planning and Development Committee’s report, including possible approval of the 2030 Comprehensive Plan and 2006 International Codes (building, electrical, fire, mechanical and plumbing codes);

• A resolution ordering the city to hold a joint election on May 20 and possible action on an election services contract with the Erath County Elections Officer, and;

• The consent agenda, which includes possible authorization by the council to sell city property and acceptance of the certificate of completion for the Alexander Ridge Subdivision.