City election set for May 14
The City Commission met for their regular session meeting on Tuesday morning, Feb. 8 at City Hall.Several items for approval were presented at the meeting. Among them was the ordinance ordering for an election to be held on May 14. During this city election, voters would be electing for mayor and city commissioners in Precincts 1 and 3. The ordinance was approved.Others items that were approved included the minutes from the meeting held on Jan. 11, as well as the authorization to go out for bids for the streets seal coating project. The seal coating preserves the streets and the project will be done sometime during the year. The bids to be considered will be for AC5 asphalt and Grade 4 crushed rock. Also approved was the Comprehensive Annual Financial Report for the fiscal year ending this past September. The report was reported with a clean opinion with no deficiencies and non-compliance.A number of reappointments were made in the meeting as well. Larry Ludlum was reappointed to the Auditorium Board for a two year term expiring at the end of February 2013. Ludlum has served on the board for some time and presently serves as chair of the board.Two members of the City/County Airport Zoning Board were also reappointed. Ben Turner was appointed as the city appointee, with Paul McCarthy named as alternative. Both Turner and McCarthy have served before and both terms will also end on Feb. 28, 2013.One item which required no action was the annual report regarding racial profiling statistics. The report, made by Sweetwater Police Chief Jim Kelley, serves to show that people are stopped by law enforcement regardless of gender or race. However, it was noted that for the first time since the report's inception, Hispanics have the highest number within the school district.The City Manager reported that Election Day would be held on May 14, from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m., as mentioned in the Election Calendar in the commissioners' packets. The city is also working towards qualification for a $50,000 matching grant from Oncor for energy efficient projects.Also mentioned in the City Manager's report was that the city has once again been approved for the Texans Feeding Texans Grant. The funds, amounting to $16,495.73, supplement the SNAP program. On Feb. 15, 2011, the city will be making a payment for bond interest of $378,736. It was also noted that the January sales tax remittance for the state was up 43.5% from the past year and is up 17% year to date, with an increase of $112,725.78.