By AMANDA KIMBLE

Staff WriterA series of public hearings will dominate tonight’s meeting of the Stephenville City Council. A hearing will first be held on a request for designation as a reinvestment zone from Caporal Industries, Ltd. and consider adopting an ordinance establishing a 74.36-acre tract as a reinvestment zone. Also relevant to Caporal, the council will consider approving a tax abatement agreement between the local fabrication plant and the city.

The council recently heard a request from a Caporal representative who said the company is looking to expand its local facility by adding an ERW Mill, which will bring dozens of jobs and an economic boom to the city.

In addition, the council will hold a series of public hearings regarding rezoning requests on three properties within the city limits including a request to rezone 966 W. Washington from B-2 “Retail and Commercial Business District” to B-5 “Restaurant-Alcoholic Beverage Sales District; a request to rezone 1765 and 1779 N. Graham from B-2 to R-3 “Multiple Family Residential District;” and a request to rezone 305 and 367 E. Washington from B-3 “Central Business District” to B-2.

A public hearing will also be held to consider granting a variance to the city’s sale of alcoholic beverages ordinances at 966 W. Washington Street.

Relative to maintaining the city’s history, the council will hear an annual report on the Stephenville Museum from museum President Robin Ritchie and also hear the Erath County Historical Commission (ECHC) Report from Chairman Cathey Hartmann. Following Hartmann’s report, the council will consider the approval of an application for re-establishing a historical marker for the city’s brick streets and also consider designating a project area for brick street improvements.

In other items of business, Fire Chief Jimmy Chew will give his annual report on operations.

Meanwhile, the council will consider and/or approve the following:

• Contract for Erath County for elections services for the Saturday, May 9 election

• Grant application for digital mobile video

• Bid award for a skid skeeter loader

Relevant to city staff, the council will consider action on matters discussed in a closed-door discussion on Feb. 10, including evaluations of City Attorney Randy Thomas, City Secretary Cindy Stafford and City Administrator Mark Kaiser.

Finally, the council will meet in executive session to deliberate about real property - Lot 6, Block 11, College Heights Addition.

The Stephenville City Council meets at 5:30 p.m. tonight in the City Council Chambers at City Hall, located at 298 W. Washington.