At the Sweetwater City Commission meeting on Tuesday morning, recognition was given toward the state's proclamation of May 12-18, 2013 as Law Enforcement Week.
A proclamation from Texas Governor Rick Perry was read by Mayor Greg Wortham, which praised the men and women who dedicate their lives to protect the public through their heroic actions. This week allows for an annual tribute to fallen heroes, in which all of Texas is invited to honor those who lay down their lives for others.
Additionally, Wednesday was cited as Peace Officers Memorial Day. Sweetwater Lieutenant Randy Hanes and Chief of Police Brian Frieda were in attendance to take part in the recognition at the meeting.
Several action items were also presented at the meeting, as approval was given for SEED's (Sweetwater Enterprise for Economic Development) separate incentive offers to Crest Pumping Technologies and Resource Transport.
The executive director of SEED, Ken Becker, presented some information to the commission. The first company is a provider of downhole cementing services while the latter company transports frack sand.
During SEED's special-called meeting on May 1, the board agreed to offer incentives to the companies. Sweetwater, with its proximity to Interstate 20, boasts itself as a good location, but other factors--like incentives, among others--make it a great location.
It was noted that at this time, there are no sand companies in the city. And while the incentives have been offered, the companies have not yet selected a location in town.
In addition, a resolution was approved that authorizes the city to continue their participation with the Steering Committee of Cities served by Oncor Electric Delivery Company, while also authorizing the payment of 10 cents per capita for their involvement.
The steering committee--which is made up by about 150 cites in the state--works to get the best possible rates from Oncor. The total cost for continued participation totals about $1,100.
The minutes for the meeting held on April 9, 2013 were approved, while approval was additionally given toward a public hearing date of August 13 for the consideration of repair or demolition for substandard structures.
The matter is typically dealt with on an annual basis, but with about five structures currently part of the category, the city hopes to address the issue in a timely manner. The public hearing will give property owners the opportunity to lay out a timeline for repair.