No action on new lake leases
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.