No action on new lake leases

April 13, 2011

The April 12th City Commission meeting was held on Tuesday morning at City Hall.

The standing room only crowd at the recent April 5 hearing regarding the new lake lease paled in comparison to the 20 who attending the City Commission meeting on Tuesday morning, April 12 at City Hall.
On the agenda, the commissioners were to consider and take action regarding the expired lake lot leases at Lake Sweetwater and Oak Creek Lake. After the 45-minute closed Executive Session meeting ended and the commissioners came back into regular session, citizens were informed of the decision that there would be "no action at this time."
Before entering the closed meeting, however, residents were offered the opportunity to speak by the commissioners, in which no comments were made.
The minutes for the meeting held on March 8 were approved by the commissioners. In addition, several action items were presented and approved during the meeting.
An ordinance was adopted which cancelled the May 14 general elections due in part that the candidates — Mayor Greg Wortham; Larry May, Commissioner Precinct 1; and Ricky Castro, Commissioner Precinct 3--were unopposed. The ordinance also declared the three candidates elected to office and will be sworn in at the next City Commission meeting slated for May 17.
Two proclamations were made by Mayor Wortham at the meeting for the month of April. The entire month of April has been declared as "Child Abuse Awareness Month", while Sunday, April 17 has been declared "A Day of Prayer for Rain". The declaration on the 17th came by the request of the San Angelo diocese to area mayors, and both proclamations were read during the meeting.
Also considered was the renewal of the Lake Sweetwater Bait Shop concession lease with Vivian Williams. City Manager Eddie Brown praised the work of Williams, and the annual lease was approved.
The investment report for the quarter ending on March 31, 2011 was presented and approved as well. Due to property tax collections, the city investments are up. The City Manager reported the property tax collections to be 83% assessed in comparison to the 82% collected in the prior year, and the money will be spent in the next few months.
Other items presented in the City Manager's report were that sales tax collections declined in March but were back up again in April. Year to date, the sales tax collections are up 10% over the prior year, equating to $125,737.95.
A budget workshop for the 2011-2012 Budget is being scheduled for May 12, 2011. It will be held at the Water Treatment Plant located on Hillsdale Road with a 10:00 a.m. start.
The City has also been in talks with Baylor Law professor David Guinn, Ph.D. in regards to the possibility of redistricting as a result of the 2010 Census. Dr. Guinn's firm prepared the City's redistricting plan after the 2000 Census, and while the belief is that redistricting is not needed, the City will be seeking the professional assistance to make that determination.

Comments

city commission meetings

April 15, 2011 by thepragmatist (not verified), 3 years 28 weeks ago
Comment: 146

Has it occurred to any of you to ask why Sweetwater commission meetings convene at 9:00 a.m. on a weekday? Most other cities, Abilene included, start their meetings after their constiuents get off work and may attend and be heard. Not here. Perhaps they are not interested in hearing the opinions of the people who are effected by their decisions, and possibly they prefer conducting business with as few witnesses as possible.

better check the calender

April 19, 2011 by raiderfan (not verified), 3 years 28 weeks ago
Comment: 147

You might want to look online at the City of Abilene calender.
http://calendars.abilenetx.com:8080/boards
The Abilene City Council meets at 8:30 in the morning twice monthly.

check the calender

April 21, 2011 by thepragmatist (not verified), 3 years 27 weeks ago
Comment: 149

Thank you for bringing that to my attention. I strive to be factual whenever I make public statements. The fact remains however, that many cities do conduct public meetings in the evening which makes attendance much more feasable for those who work day jobs.

meeting about lake leases

April 13, 2011 by waterwatcher (not verified), 3 years 28 weeks ago
Comment: 144

The reason no one spoke when given the opportunity was because the city did all the business on agenda passing over the lake lease issue. When they asked if anyone had anything to say .. everyone thought they meant pertaining to the order of business that had been discussed!!! Everyone was waiting for the lake lease discussion & were expecting to be allowed to discuss after it was discussed by the commission. But instead the council board went into private session for 45 min, came out made their short statement & Eddie Brown grabbed his notebook & rushed out of the meeting followed by council members & the door was locked behind them!!! You would have thought the room was on fire, the way they rushed out! Discussion should have been allowed @ that time. This is indicative of the disrespect they have shown the citizens/lessee s. This kind of behavior shows a lack of honesty & is causing distrust among the citizens. When & if the citizens ban together 400+ to boycott business's in Sweetwater then maybe there will be some attention paid by others in our town that can make a difference, when they suffer lost income & realize it is time to clean up city hall!! Watch your tax dollars go to work .. for a high dollar lawyer to fight the lake lessees over the unjustly NEW contract !!! and if the city looses !! expect your dollars to be spent not only to defend, but also to cover the expenses of the lesses for their defender !

can't have it both ways

April 21, 2011 by echo71 (not verified), 3 years 27 weeks ago
Comment: 148

Are you one of the lakelot folks who filed suit against the city? If you are, it would seem a little hypocritical to sue them on one hand and then criticize them on the other hand for hiring an attorney to respond to your suit. Is the city not supposed to defend itself in court? However, from what was reported about the initial hearing it looks like the city is getting more bang for its legal buck than the lake folks.

RE: meeting about lake leases

April 15, 2011 by raiderfan (not verified), 3 years 28 weeks ago
Comment: 145

waterwatcher,
Did the agenda say they were conducting a public hearing on the leases? If not then your only opportunity to speak was during the public input session. Appreciate the difference between a public meeting and a public hearing. Doesn't seem fair for you to accuse the council members of being unfair and dishonest simply because you don't understand how the meetings are conducted.

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