City Council Approves Jerod Peek as Mayor Pro-Tem; Swears in Council Members

The City Council approved the Mid-Year Agreed Upon Procedures Report for the period ended March 31, 2022, as prepared by Ms. Catherine Wilks, Certified Public Accountant, LLC.

The City Council to approved and read into the record a Resolution and Order canvassing the returns and declaring the results of the May 7, 2022, General Election. 

The Oath of office was then administered to Mr. Kerry Baker, City Council Member, District 2, and City Council Member, District 4.

The City Council approved a Resolution regarding appointment of Mayor Pro-Tern for the City of Sweetwater, and prescribing the term thereof.

The City Council authorized soliciting bids for AC-10 and Grade 4 crushed rock to be used for the Fiscal Year 2021/22 streets seal coating project.

The Resolution regarding City Council to discuss, consider and act upon a Resolution to amend Central Rate Schedule to include (1) classification of properties and pricing for private contract property abatements, (2) adding/clarifying permit issuance fees for mechanical and gas permitting processes, and adding gas pressure test fee, and (3) increasing 3/4” and 1” water tap fees, 4” sewer tap fee, removing bulk water station deposit fees, and adding language to reflect no return money on water sales was approved.

The City Council authorized City staff to receive bids for Oak Creek Lake lots #430, #433 and #524, which were returned to the City for non­payment of the annual lake lease.

The Resolution regarding City Council to discuss, consider and act upon a Resolution to adopt and allocate funds for an outdoor fitness court as part of the 2022 National Fitness Campaign was approved and thus, read into the record.

I. City Council approved authorization of staff to seek proposals for an AMI Advanced Meter Infrastructure replacement project funded by water utility account funds and supplemented by American Rescue Plan Act (ARPA) funds.

The City Manager’s Report followed. City Manager David Vela spoke of two K9s joining the Police Department. They will be looking for drugs and for tracking people who may go missing. 

The Guns & Hoses Softball game will take place on June 10-11. Proceeds to benefit the West Texas Children’s Advocacy Center.

The WASP 2022 Homecoming was a big community success. Lisa Taylor did a great job, Vela said. 

Fire Department Kitchen Improvements of new counter tops, dishwasher and paint, new range. Vela gave kudos to Captain James Smith and his crew.

Vela also mentioned Zach Adames earning his Cybersecurity Leadership Certification.

Finally, the STOPS Training at Police Department, a two day event, was a great training success. 

 The Council then entered into Closed Session: Called in accordance with Section 551.071 of the Texas Government Code, Consultation With Attorney; Closed Meeting. The City Council then met in closed session to consult with the City attorney on a matter in which the duty of the attorney to the City Council under the Texas Disciplinary Rules ‘of Professional Conduct of the State Bar of Texas clearly conflicts with this chapter, to wit, the legal position of the City with regard to Annexation Issues. No decision was made.The Council then reconvened and adjourned.

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