Overall they are still up for the year just slightly. Mayor Vernon said that he found it interesting that sales tax revenues have declined for the past 4 months since alcohol sales were voted in. This prohibits registered sex offenders whose victims were under the age of 17, from establishing a permanent or temporary residence within 1, feet of a school, child care facility, child care institution, park or playground or other places where children regularly congregate. They cannot knowingly enter a Child Safety Zone and cannot knowingly loiter on a public way within feet of a Child Safety Zone.
It also prohibits a sex offender from leaving an exterior porch light on or otherwise inviting trick-or-treaters onto their premises between the hours of 4: This ordinance is the same as one that was passed in Stephenville and seems to be working well there according to Thomason.
Commissioner Marci Pearson thought sex offenders were already under these restrictions concerning where they could live. Thomason explained that typically a sex offender is under these type of restrictions while on probation.
District Judge Steven Herrod is the one who sets up the terms and conditions of probation and Thomason said that he felt Judge Herrod has done an excellent job of protecting children. This ordinance would be in effect for any registered sex offender in the data base whether they are on probation or not. A first reading of the ordinance was approved unanimously by the commissioners. Sex Offenders Ordinance No.
This is the same amount funded last year. The Eastland County Crises Center is a non-profit group that provides services to victims at no cost to the victim. They assist victims of domestic violence and sexual assault.
Howie said that from June 1, through July 31, the Crises Center served clients with of those being children. They are supported partly by state and federal grants. At this point Mayor Vernon skipped to the agenda item 6.
She explained that the increase would help with the increase in utilities costs along with a monthly elevator maintenance service and security service they now have. Commissioner John Bird mentioned that when his family was looking to relocate, the website for the Eastland Community Foundation made a big impact on their decision to move to Eastland. Several others mentioned the comments made by visitors as to how impressed they were with The Connellee facility.
The 6th floor has a long term lease with Eastland Economic Development Inc. The 7th floor holds the Connellee Dispute Resolution Center and offers mediation rooms and small meeting facilities.
Floors are works in progress. The motion was approved to table the item. The budget decisions will begin to be finalized September 10th when they have the public hearing for the first reading of the budget. Leslie Zander discussed the tax rate and said that they had prepared a budget to stay with the effective tax rate of. The debt rate is the general fund debt that the city pays for the swimming pool portion of their certificate of obligation.
Holliday said that this was about a 10 point reduction that was imposed on the present fiscal year. He said the question people will have on their mind is whether or not they will be paying more taxes next year even though the rate has dropped.
It depends on how their property was appraised. He explained that if their homes went up to a value of over If their homes went up A motion was made and approved to accept the. At that time there were two options that the Centre was considering. Ron Holliday said that he has offered his services as an unpaid consultant or perhaps board member for the Centre for the Arts after his retirement from the city October 5th.
Centre for the Arts board chairman, Terry Simmons, gave an overview of the present plans for the building. City Commissioners went into executive session in accordance with No action was taken after returning to open session.
Ron has been hired for the position of city manager, taking over when Ron Holliday retires October 5th. Ron Holliday brought up the concerns with the condition of the water in Eastland lately. There are three intakes used to take water into the plant and out of Lake Leon. Back in when the water level got so low and they had a water quality problem, the water plant was taking water out of the middle and the lower intakes. They have recently been taking water out using the upper and middle intakes.
The plant manager plans to just taking water out of the top intake only, eliminating the use of the middle intake. If the problem is manganese in solution as they suspect, they think that eliminating the middle intake will solve the problem and the water should clear up. This was action was supposed to take place on Friday and they felt the water should show improvement by today Tuesday.
Chief Billye Myrick reported that calls for services have been climbing a little bit over the past few months. He also reported that they just filed an additional charge on Larry Bennett for felony possession of fire arm.