The Stephenville City Council Tuesday unanimously approved the Airport Participation Agreement with the Texas Department of Transportation, as amended.

Todd McEvoy, chairman of the Planning and Development Committee, said bids for the construction of a commercial hangar at the Clark Field Municipal Airport were opened on June 28, with the low bid being submitted by Jay Mills Contracting for $371,974. The city has grant proceeds of $227,497 and the city’s required match of the funds is $144,477.

As recommended by the committee, the council also unanimously approved authorizing city staff to work with Parker and Associates to relocate the site for park restrooms and to design the facility.

The two other items in the committee report did not require any action by the council. One item was a discussion of the grant application to Texas Parks and Wildlife in 2003 for an aquatic facility. The other item, a proposed ordinance regarding parking in yards, was referred to the Public Health and Safety Committee during the July 17 meeting.

Barry Ratliff, chairman of the Public Health and Safety Committee, reported that the “Use of Force Policy” for the Stephenville Police Department had been reviewed and the consensus of the council during the July 17 meeting was that it was a good policy. No action was required.

The Animal Control Ordinance, Registered Sexual Offenders Ordinance and a Parking Ordinance were all sent back to city staff for further revisions and no council action was required.

As recommended by the Public Works Committee, the council voted to award the contract for Phase II Pumping Facilities and Distribution Systems Improvements to Purcell Contracting Inc., the low bidder, in the amount of $1,882,500. The only dissenting vote was cast by Council Member Mark Murphy.

Andrew Johnson, chairman of the committee, said no action was required on an update on Phase I of the Methodist Branch Storm Water Drainage Project, a project status update on new wells and the designation of a Carl Phillips Memorial Highway.

Alan Nash, chairman of the Finance Committee, said the committee recommends approval of two requests for Child Safety Funds, one from the Stephenville Independent School District for $1,918.80 and one from STAR Council for $2,000.

He also reported that the committee recommends the adoption of the fee schedule for the city in its current form.

Both items were unanimously approved by the council.

The council also approved the recommendation from the Solid Waste Committee to authorize staff to negotiate a contract to provide an expansion plan for the landfill and the recommendation of the Nominations Committee to appoint Gary Sult and Darla Doty as representatives for the city on the Chamber of Commerce Western Heritage Committee.