The Stephenville City Council held its regular monthly meeting at City Hall Tuesday night and it was a busy one.
July Danley, President and CEO of the Stephenville Chamber of Commerce kicked off the meeting with the Tourism Budget and Annual Report, which was approved by the city council.
“When it comes to tourism, the Stephenville Chamber of Commerce operates as the area’s convention and visitor bureau and we are the first place people call or stop in when seeking information about our community,” said Danley — who leads an extremely active Chamber staff. “The Chamber receives calls every day from visitors looking to stay in Stephenville for everything from business and education to sports, family reunions and special events.”
SEDA Executive Director, Dr. John R. Hubbard, was scheduled next to request approval for funding a $25,000 economic development grant for Equibrand, manufacturers of Classic Ropes.
However, Hubbard — who was unable to attend the meeting — requested earlier that the issue be tabled until next month so that SEDA could do further research into the request.
Stephenville Police Chief, Jason King then addressed the meeting and delivered the annual Racial Profiling Report results for 2016, stating that no incidents had been reported. That report is covered in a separate article by the E-T in today’s edition.
Also, a request by King for approval to allow the police department to apply for a Justice Assistance Grant for Forensic and Accident Laser Reconstruction Technology was granted.
“Should we be awarded this grant, there are no matching funds involved,” King said. “It is fully funded via the Governor’s office. Our current technology is from 2002, so this would bring us up to the state of the art and greatly enhance forensics at accident and crime scenes.”
In addition, King requested — and was granted — approval of a resolution allowing the altering of the speed limit on Alexander Road [FM 914] lowering the speed limit from 60 mph to 50 mph in the area from Harper’s Mill Road through the Southern city limits of Stephenville as per a recommendation by TxDot.
Requests by the city’s Department of Public Works Director Nick Williams for several consulting contracts on the Eastside Sewer Project were tabled until next month so that the council can meet and further consider how to proceed with the project.
Wayne McKethan, Interim City Administrator — whose contract with the city was extended until March 15 so that he can assist new City Administrator Allen Barnes in his transition into the the position — was next up and delivered the following notices:
• Feb. 17 is the last day to file application to run for city council in the May election.
• City offices will be closed on President’s Day, Feb. 20.
• Registration for baseball and softball is from Feb. 1 to March 17.
• Registration for youth volleyball camps is from Feb. 6 to March 17.
The other major agenda item was approval of the Elk Ridge Phase III Subdivision — which was granted with a list of improvements that must be made by developer Andy Hansen within 90 days.
“There are several things we asked Mr. Hansen for and he’s agreed to make these improvements,” City Attorney Randy Thomas said. “He’s been a good partner with the city as a developer and we don’t see any reason not to grant this approval. This will work for the city and Mr. Hansen.”