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January 11, 1999

The Lorenzo City Council met in Regular Session Monday, January 11, 1999 at 7:00 P.M. in the Council Room of the City Offices, 703 5th. Street, Lorenzo, Texas with Mayor Lester Bownds presiding.

I. OPENING ACTIONS:
The Council met with the following members present:
Mayor Lester Bownds, Council members Jo Ann Curbo, Joe Deleon, Jo McNabb, Jeff Ratheal, and Micky Woodard.
Also present was City Administrator Jim Norris.
Guest attending this meeting was Joyce Jones.
The invocation was given by Joann Curbo.
II. The minutes of the Regular Meeting of December 14, 1998 were presented for review. MOTION by Councilman Woodard and seconded by Councilwoman McNabb to approve the minutes as presented.
With all members voting AYE, the motion carried.
III. FINANCIAL REPORTS REVIEWED:
A. Bank Balances
B. Budget
C. Bills Paid
MOTION by Councilman Woodard and seconded by Councilman Ratheal that the review of finances be approved.
With all members voting AYE, the motion carried.
IV. ITEMS FOR CONSIDERATION:
A. MOTION by Councilman Ratheal and seconded by Councilwoman Curbo that the Council approve on second reading Ordinance No. 01-01-99 ( An ordinance adopting "Model Subdivision Rules".)
With all members voting AYE, the motion carried.
B. MOTION by Councilwoman Curbo and seconded by Councilman Ratheal that the Council approve and adopt Resolution 01-01-99 ( A Resolution approving and authorizing publication of notice of intention to issue certificates of obligation.)
With all members voting AYE, the motion carried.
C. MOTION by Councilman Ratheal and seconded by Councilman Woodard that the Council adopt and approve Resolution 02-01-99 ( A Resolution authorizing transfer of TCDP contract management services for A. Kay Howard Consultants to A. & J. Howco Services, Inc.)
With all members voting AYE, the motion carried.
D. MOTION by Councilwoman McNabb and seconded by Councilman Deleon that the Council grant authorization to the City Administrator to negotiate for the purchase of a 19 passenger bus from the Lorenzo ISD
With all members voting AYE, the motion carried.
V. ADJOURNMENT:
There being no further business, MOTION by Councilman Ratheal and seconded by Councilwoman Curbo that the meeting of January 11, 1999 be adjourned.
With all members voting AYE, the motion carried.

February 8, 1999

The Lorenzo City Council met in Regular Session Monday, February 8, 1999 at 7:00 P.M. in the Council Room of the City Offices, 703 5th. Street, Lorenzo, Texas with Mayor Lester Bownds presiding.

I. OPENING ACTIONS:
The Council met with the following members present:
Mayor Lester Bownds, Council members Jo Ann Curbo, Joe Deleon, Jo McNabb, Jeff Ratheal, and Micky Woodard.
Also present was City Administrator Jim Norris.
Guest attending this meeting were:
Aaron Arthur, Paula Bownds, Mike Bristow, Johnnie Canter, Pamela Cummins, Charlotte Gibbs, Mike Gowens, Joseph Johnston, Joyce Jones, Jackie Norris, Zachary Norris, J.R. Petersen, Trink Rhodes, Barbara Scheef, Walter Scheef, Vince Viaille, Larry Wampler, and Alex Ybarra.
The invocation was given by Jeff Ratheal.
II. PUBLIC INPUT:

A. PUBLIC HEARING CONCERNING THE TEXAS COMMUNITY DEVELOPMENT PROGRAM:
Mayor Bownds welcomed the guests attending the hearing , encouraged participation by all attending, and explained that the purpose of the hearing was to discuss with the community the housing and community development needs, the amount of TDCP funds that may be available, reviewed eligible TDCP activities, and the use of past TDCP contract funds. Mayor Bownds also reviewed the four objectives of the Texas Community Development Program, the three national program objectives, and activities that are ineligible for funding.
Positive comments concerning the planned use of TDCP funds were expressed by Walter Scheef and Alex Ybarra. Johnnie Canter expressed the desire to possibly use funds to assist the Lorenzo Chamber of Commerce in beautifying the downtown area.
After all attendants had been given the opportunity to speak, Mayor Bownds thanked them for their presence at the hearing and adjourned the public meeting at 7:25 P.M.
B. Mike Gowens, Texas Department of Human Services employee, addressed the Council concerning the mission of the Texas Department of Human Services and the special initiative of the the department called "Texas Works" which helps individual make the transition from welfare dependency to self dependency. He also reviewed a news release statement by Eric M. Bost, Commissioner of the TDHS, on the "Texas Families in Transition" Report.
III. The minutes of the Regular Meeting of January 11, 1999 were presented for review. MOTION by Councilman Ratheal and seconded by Councilman Woodard to approve the minutes as presented.
With all members voting AYE, the motion carried.
IV. FINANCIAL REPORTS REVIEWED:
A. Bank Balances
B. Budget
C. Bills Paid
MOTION by Councilman Ratheal and seconded by Councilwoman Curbo that the review of finances be approved.
With all members voting AYE, the motion carried.
V. ITEMS FOR CONSIDERATION:
A. Mr. Vince Viaille, of the The First Southwest Company and Bond Counsel for the City of Lorenzo, reviewed for the Council the issues concerning the issuance of $705,000.00 of "City of Lorenzo, Texas, Combination Tax and Revenue Certificates of Obligation, Series 1999", dated February 1, 1999. These funds are obtained through the State of Texas's State Revolving Fund (SRF) for sewer construction.
MOTION by Councilman Ratheal and seconded by Councilwoman Curbo that the Council approve the adoption of Ordinance 02-02-99 (An Odinance relating to the issuance of "City of Lorenzo Tax and Waterworks and Sewer System Surplus Certificates of Obligation, Series 1999".)
With all members voting AYE, the motion carried.
B. MOTION by Councilman Woodard and seconded by Councilman Ratheal that the Council order the 1999 City Council Elections. (The order is attached to these minutes.)
With all members voting AYE, the motion carried.
C. MOTION by Councilwoman McNabb and seconded by Councilman Ratheal that the Council adopt the
1999-2000 City Calendar as presented. (Calendar attached)
With all members voting AYE, the motion carried.
VI. ADJOURNMENT:
There being no further business, MOTION by Councilwoman Curbo and seconded by Councilman Rahteal that the meeting of February 8, 1999 be adjourned.
With all members voting AYE, the motion carried.

Special Meeting
February 25, 1999

The Lorenzo City Council met in Special Session, Thursday, February 25, 1999 at 7:00 P.M. in the Council Room of the City Offices, 703 5th. Street, Lorenzo, Texas with Mayor Lester Bownds presiding for the expressed purpose of
deliberating the discipline/dismissal of a public employee and evaluate city employees.

I. OPENING ACTIONS:
The Council met with the following members present:
Mayor Lester Bownds, Council members Jo Ann Curbo, Joe Deleon, Jo McNabb, Jeff Ratheal, and Micky Woodard.
Also present was City Administrator Jim Norris.
Guests attending this meeting were City Auditor Randal Terry and Trish Chavez.
The invocation was given by Micky Woodard
II. Items For Consideration:
A. The council was called into closed session at 7:01 PM. with City Auditor, Randal Terry of the firm of Sandefur and Swindel, presence requested.
B. The council returned to open session at 7:57 P.M.
No action was taken by the council on issues of personnel addressed in closed session.
VI. ADJOURNMENT:
There being no further business, Councilman Woodard moved and Councilman Ratheal seconded that the meeting of February 25, 1999 be adjourned.
With all members voting AYE, the motion carried.

Special Meeting
March 29, 1999

The Lorenzo City Council met in Special Session, Monday, March 29, 1999 at 7:00 P.M. in the Council Room of the City Offices, 703 5th. Street, Lorenzo, Texas with Mayor Lester Bownds presiding.

I. OPENING ACTIONS:
The Council met with the following members present:
Mayor Lester Bownds, Council members Jo Ann Curbo, Joe Deleon, Jo McNabb, and Jeff Ratheal.
Councilman Micky Woodard was absent.
Also present was City Administrator Jim Norris.
The invocation was given by Joe Deleon.
II. Items For Consideration:
A. MOTION by Councilwoman McNabb and seconded by Councilman Ratheal that the Council approve Resolution 03-03-99. ( A resolution of the City Council authorizing the submission of a Texas Community Development Program application. The grant application is for $250,000.00 along with the City's commitment of $37,294.20, thus making a total project of $287,294.20. The construction project is to consist of 1. Sewer line lift stattion replacement, 2. Collection line installation with booster pump controls, and 3. Distribution line replacements.)
With all members voting AYE, the motion carried.
B. MOTION by Councilwoman Curbo and seconded by Councilman Ratheal that the Council approve Resolution 04-03-99. (A resolution of the City Council accepting the construction of the 1997 TCDP Wastewater Treatment Lift Station performed by Morton Irrigation Company. Total cost of project being
$174, 079.00.)
With all members voting AYE, the motion carried.
III. ADJOURNMENT:
There being no further business, Councilman Ratheal moved and Councilwoman Curbo seconded that the meeting of March 29, 1999 be adjourned.
With all members voting AYE, the motion carried.

April 12, 1999

The Lorenzo City Council met in Regular Session Monday, April 12, 1999 at 7:30 P.M. in the Council Room of the City Offices, 703 5th. Street, Lorenzo, Texas with Mayor Lester Bownds presiding.

I. OPENING ACTIONS:
The Council met with the following members present:
Mayor Lester Bownds, Council members Jo Ann Curbo, Jo McNabb, Jeff Ratheal, and Micky Woodard.
Councilman Joe Deleon was absent.
Also present was City Administrator Jim Norris.
Guests attending this meeting were: Charlotte Gibbs, Lorenzo Examiner, and Joyce Jones.
The invocation was given by Jo Ann Curbo.
II. The minutes of the Regular Meeting of March 8, 1999 and the Special Meeting of March 29, 1999 were presented for review. MOTION by Councilman Ratheal and seconded by Councilwoman McNabb to approve the minutes as presented.
With all members voting AYE, the motion carried.
III. FINANCIAL REPORTS REVIEWED:
A. Bank Balances.
B. Finances.
C. Bills Paid.
MOTION by Councilamn Ratheal and seconded by Councilwoman McNabb that the review of finances be approved.
With all members voting AYE, the motion carried.
V. ITEMS FOR CONSIDERATION:
A. Russell Schrieber, Engineer with the firm of Oller engineering, Inc., addressed the Council on the progress of the planning and engineering status of the planned waste water treatment facility.
B. MOTION by Councilman Ratheal and seconded by Councilwoman McNabb that the Council adopt Ordinance 02-04-99. (An ordinance canceling the 1999 election for unopposed candidates.)
With all members voting AYE, the motion carried.
B. MOTION by Councilman Ratheal and seconded by Councilwoman Curbo that the Council approve the renewal of PERMIT TO OPERATE RECREATION CENTER by Mr. Jesse Fedelin. Permit is for one year .
With all members voting AYE, the motion carried.
C. MOTION by Councilwoman McNabb and seconded by Councilman Ratheal that the Council approve the 1999 Miscellaneous Professional Services Agreement with the Engineering Firm of Oller Engineering, Inc.
With all members voting AYE, the motion carried.
D. MOTION by Councilwoman Curbo and seconded by Councilman Ratheal that the 1999-2000 budget hearing be scheduled for Monday April 12, 1999 from 7:00 P.M. until 7:30 P.M. and the Regular Meeting of April 12, 1999 be scheduled for 7:30 P.M.
With all members voting AYE, the motion carried.
VI. NON-ACTION ITEMS (Information or discussion only.)
A. Police Report.
B. SRF 3092-01 Engineering Feasibility Report Approval.
C. SRF Funds availability.
D. Sewer System Construction Status.
VII. ADJOURNMENT:
There being no further business, MOTION by Councilman Ratheal and seconded by Councilwoman McNabb that the meeting of March 8, 1999 be adjourned.
With all members voting AYE, the motion carried.

 

Special Meeting (Budget Hearing)
April 12, 1999

The Lorenzo City Council met in Special Session Monday, April 12, 1999 at 7:00 P.M. in the Council Room of the City Offices, 703 5th. Street, Lorenzo, Texas with Mayor Lester Bownds presiding.

I. OPENING ACTIONS:
The Council met with the following members present:
Mayor Lester Bownds, Council members Jo Ann Curbo, Jo McNabb, Jeff Ratheal, and Micky Woodard.
Councilman Deleon was absent.
Also present was City Administrator Jim Norris.
Guest attending this meeting was Joyce Jones.

II. PUBLIC HEARING ON BUDGET
A. Presentation and Review
B. Questions and Answers

III. ADJOURNMENT:
There being no further business, Councilman Woodard moved and Councilman Ratheal seconded that the budget hearing be adjourned at 7:31 P.M.
With all members voting AYE, the motion carried.

April 12, 1999

The Lorenzo City Council met in Regular Session Monday, April 12, 1999 at 7:30 P.M. in the Council Room of the City Offices, 703 5th. Street, Lorenzo, Texas with Mayor Lester Bownds presiding.

I. OPENING ACTIONS:
The Council met with the following members present:
Mayor Lester Bownds, Council members Jo Ann Curbo, Jo McNabb, Jeff Ratheal, and Micky Woodard.
Councilman Joe Deleon was absent.
Also present was City Administrator Jim Norris.
Guests attending this meeting were: Charlotte Gibbs, Lorenzo Examiner, and Joyce Jones.
The invocation was given by Jo Ann Curbo.
II. The minutes of the Regular Meeting of March 8, 1999 and the Special Meeting of March 29, 1999 were presented for review. MOTION by Councilman Ratheal and seconded by Councilwoman McNabb to approve the minutes as presented.
With all members voting AYE, the motion carried.
III. FINANCIAL REPORTS REVIEWED:
A. Bank Balances.
B. Finances.
C. Bills Paid.
MOTION by Councilamn Ratheal and seconded by Councilwoman McNabb that the review of finances be approved.
With all members voting AYE, the motion carried.
IV. ITEMS FOR CONSIDERATION:
A. Russell Schrieber, Engineer with the firm of Oller engineering, Inc., addressed the Council on the progress of the planning and engineering status of the planned waste water treatment facility.
B. MOTION by Councilman Ratheal and seconded by Councilwoman McNabb that the Council adopt Ordinance 02-04-99. (An ordinance canceling the 1999 election for unopposed candidates.)
With all members voting AYE, the motion carried.
C. MOTION by Councilman Woodard and seconded by Councilman Ratheal that the Council approve the
1999-2000 budget as presented.
With all members voting AYE, the motion carried.
D. MOTION by Councilwoman McNabb and seconded by Councilman Woodard that the Council approve
staff salaries as follows:
Police Chief , Aaron Arthur, $24,100.00.($23,800.00 plus $300.00)
Judge, J.R. Petersen, $4,455.00. ($4.380.00 plus $75.00)
City Administrator, Jim Norris, $27,500.00. ($27,000.00 plus $500.00)
City Clerk, Dorothy Bristow, $15,330.00. ($7.25 per hour plus $250.00)
Water and Sewer Superintendent, Moe Rodriquez, $24,794.00. (($11.80 per hour plus $250.00)
Water and Sewer Maintenance Employee, Mike Bristow, $17,930.00. ($8.50 per hour plus $250.00)
With all members voting AYE, the motion carried.
E. MOTION by Councilman Ratheal and seconded by Councilwoman Curbo that the Council appove Resolution 05-04-99. (A joint resoultion of Crosby County Cities and the County of Crosby establishing a Crosby County Emergency Management Organization.)
With all members voting AYE, the motion carried.
V. NON-ACTION ITEMS (Information or discussion only.)
A. Police Report.
B. Community Water Bulletins.
C. Energas MCF report.
D. Sewer System Construction Status.
VI. ADJOURNMENT:
There being no further business, MOTION by Councilman Woodard and seconded by Councilman Ratheal that the meeting of April 12, 1999 be adjourned.
With all members voting AYE, the motion carried.

May 10, 1999

The Lorenzo City Council met in Regular Session Monday, May 10, 1999 at 7:30 P.M. in the Council Room of the City Offices, 703 5th. Street, Lorenzo, Texas with Mayor Lester Bownds presiding.

I. OPENING ACTIONS:
The Council met with the following members present:
Mayor Lester Bownds, Council members Jo Ann Curbo, Jo McNabb, Jeff Ratheal, and Micky Woodard.
Absent from the meeting was Council Member Joe Deleon and City Administrator Jim Norris.
Guests attending this meeting were Charlotte Gibbs, The Lorenzo Examiner, Dorothy Bristow, City Clerk, Rhonda Cypert and Walter Brown, representing the Diamond Jubilee Planning Committee, and Joyce Jones.
The invocation was given by Jeff Ratheal.
II. Mayor Bownds administered the Oath of Office to newly elected Council Members, Micky Woodard,
Place I, Jo Ann Curbo, Place III, and Jo McNabb, Place V.
III. PATRON INPUT:
A. Rhonda Cypert, Chamber of Commerce President, and Walter Brown, Diamond Jubilee Planning Committee, addressed the Council concerning planning for the Diamond Jubilee Celebration for the City of Lorenzo scheduled for the week end of July 4, 1999.
IV. The minutes of the Budget Hearing Meeting and Regular Meeting of April 12, 1999 were presented for review. MOTION by Councilwoman McNabb and seconded by Councilman Woodard to approve the minutes as presented.
With all members voting Aye, the motion carried.
V. FINANCIAL REPORTS REVIEWED:
A. Review of bills paid.
B. Budget.
C. Bank Balances.
MOTION by councilman Woodard and seconded by Councilman Ratheal that the review of finances be approved.
With all members voting AYE, the motion carried.
VI. ITEMS FOR CONSIDERATION:
A. MOTION by Councilwoman McNabb and seconded by Councilman Woodard that the request to move the Regular June Council Meeting from Monday June 14, 1999 to Monday, June 21, 1999 be approved.
With all members voting AYE, the motion carried.
B. MOTION by Councilwoman Curbo and seconded by Councilman Ratheal that the Council accept the bid of $882.00 per spraying of ULV Malathion from Southwest Aerial Spraying of Plainview for mosquito spraying for the 1999 year.
With all members voting AYE, the motion carried.
C. MOTION by Councilwoman McNabb and seconded by Councilman Ratheal that Dorothy Bristow, City Clerk, be appointed as Municipal Clerk.
With all members voting AYE, the motion carried.
VII. NON-ACTION ITEMS (Information or discussion only.)
A. April 1999 Police Report
B. Community Water Bulletins #'s 163 & 164.
C. TNRCC Information for assessment fees.
D. Letter concerning 2000 Census and Reapportionment.
E. Texas Department of Public Safety Emergency Management Information.
VIII. ADJOURNMENT:
There being no further business, Councilman Ratheal moved and Councilwoman McNabb seconded that the meeting of May 10, 1999 be adjourned.
With all members voting AYE, the motion carried.

June 21, 1999

The Lorenzo City Council met in Regular Session Monday, June 21, 1999 at 7:45 P.M. in the Council Room of the City Offices, 703 5th. Street, Lorenzo, Texas with Mayor Lester Bownds presiding.

I. OPENING ACTIONS:
The Council met with the following members present:
Mayor Lester Bownds, Council members Jo Ann Curbo, Joe Deleon, Jo McNabb, Jeff Ratheal, and Micky Woodard.
Also present was City Administrator Jim Norris.
Guests attending this meeting were Charlotte Gibbs, The Lorenzo Examiner, and Joyce Jones.
The invocation was given by Micky Woodard.
II. The minutes of the Regular Meeting of May 10, 1999 were presented for review. MOTION by Councilwoman McNabb and seconded by Councilman Ratheal to approve the minutes as presented.
With all members voting Aye, the motion carried.
III. FINANCIAL REPORTS REVIEWED:
A. Bank Balances
B. Finances
C. Bills Paid
MOTION by councilman Ratheal and seconded by Councilman Deleon that the review of finances be approved.
With all members voting AYE, the motion carried.
IV. REORGANIZATION OF COUNCIL:
A. MOTION by Councilman Ratheal and seconded by Councilwoman Curbo that Councilwoman McNabb be appointed Mayor Pro-Tem.
With all members voting AYE, the motion carried.
B. MOTION by Councilman Ratheal and seconded by Councilwoman Curbo that Councilman Woodard be appointed as the City's representative to the Crosby County Appraisal District's Board of Directors.
With all members voting AYE, the motion carried.
V. ITEMS FOR CONSIDERATION:
A. After reviewing TNRCC requirements for Sanitary Easements to protect drinking water supplies, MOTION by Councilman Ratheal and seconded by Councilman Woodard that the Council adopt the Sanitary Easement Control for the City's four water wells.
With all members voting AYE, the motion carried.
B. After reviewing TNRCC requirements for customer service inspections prior to providing continuous water service to new or existing service, MOTION by Councilman Ratheal and seconded by Councilwoman Curbo that the Council adopt a Customer Service Policy as described by the Texas Administrative Code, Title 30, Chapter 290.
With all members voting Aye, the motion carried.
C. MOTION by Councilman Woodard and seconded by Councilman Ratheal that the Council adopt a Customer Service Agreement for the City's Water System for the purpose of notifying customers of plumbing restrictions and requirements.
With all members voting Aye, the motion carried.
VI. NON-ACTION ITEMS:
A. May 1999 Police Report
B. OEI Newsletter
C. TNRCC Environmental Investigator's non-compliance issues.
D. TCDP Grant Application
E. 1998-99 Audit Status
VII. Due to the expected absences of council members, the Council by general consensus agreed to set the Regular July Council Meeting for Monday, July 19, 1999.
VIII. ADJOURNMENT:
There being no further business, Councilman Ratheal moved and Councilman Woodard seconded that the meeting of June 21, 1999 be adjourned.
With all members voting AYE, the motion carried.

July 19, 1999

The Lorenzo City Council met in Regular Session Monday, July 19, 1999 at 7:30 P.M. in the Council Room of the City Offices, 703 5th. Street, Lorenzo, Texas with Mayor Lester Bownds presiding.

I. OPENING ACTIONS:
The Council met with the following members present:
Mayor Lester Bownds, Council members Jo Ann Curbo, Joe Deleon, Jo McNabb, Jeff Ratheal, and Micky Woodard.
Also present was City Administrator Jim Norris.
Guests attending this meeting were Charlotte Gibbs, The Lorenzo Examiner, Randal Terry, Auditor, Tom Brian, City Attorney, and Joyce Jones.
The invocation was given by Jo McNabb.
II. The minutes of the Special and Regular Meetings of June 21, 1999 were presented for review. MOTION by Councilman Ratheal and seconded by Councilwoman Curbo to approve the minutes as presented.
With all members voting Aye, the motion carried.
III. ITEMS FOR CONSIDERATION:
A. 1998-1999 Audit Report by Randal Terry of the Audit Firm of Sandefur and Swindel.
B. 1. Closed Session:
The Mayor called the Council into closed session at 8:06 P.M. to meet with City Attorney Tom Brian to
seek his advice concerning the 1998-1999 City Audit.
2. Return to Open Session:
The Council returned to open session at 8:42 P.M. MOTION by Councilman Ratheal and seconded by Councilman Woodard that the 1998-1999 audit be approved as presented.
With all members voting AYE, the motion carried.
C. The Council reviewed a request by the Senior Citizens Organization concerning assistance in building maintenance. No action taken.
D. The Council reviewed the upcoming Energas Company rate request process. No action taken.
E. MOTION by Councilman Woodard and seconded by Councilman Ratheal that the Council grant the City Staff the authority to reduce the utility rates for customers of vacant structures that wish to keep the "water turned on". Conditions to be met and fee structure are as follows:
1. Must be requested by owner or legal representative.
2. Structure must be vacant and expected to remain so for a minimum of 30 days.
3. Fees for mosquito and garbage will be removed. Water and sewer charges will remain.
With all members voting AYE, the motion carried.
IV. FINANCIAL REPORTS REVIEWED:
A. Bank Balances
B. Finances
C. Bills Paid
D. Budget Amendments
MOTION by councilman Ratheal and seconded by Councilman Woodard that the review of finances and the budget amendments presented be approved. {Budget amendments: Social security (50127) incorporated into salaries (50121) and Water and Sewer budget 06-09-50911 be adjusted by $100,000.00 to cover the waste water costs associated with the construction of the lift station. 06-09-50911 becomes $110,000.00. Total Water and Sewer budget becomes $428, 173.00.}
With all members voting AYE, the motion carried.
V. NON-ACTION ITEMS:
A. June 1999 Police Report
B. TML Resolution Letter
C. PUC and Dickens Electric COOP Information
VI. ADJOURNMENT:
There being no further business, Councilwoman Curbo moved and Councilman Ratheal seconded that the meeting of July 19, 1999 be adjourned.
With all members voting AYE, the motion carried.

September 13, 1999

The Lorenzo City Council met in Regular Session Monday, September 13, 1999 at 7:30 P.M. in the Council Room of the City Offices, 703 5th. Street, Lorenzo, Texas with Mayor Lester Bownds presiding.

I. OPENING ACTIONS:
The Council met with the following members present:
Mayor Lester Bownds, Council members Jo Ann Curbo, Joe Deleon, Jo McNabb, Jeff Ratheal, and Micky Woodard.
Also present was City Administrator Jim Norris.
Guests attending this meeting were Mell and Edna Cherry, (Lorenzo Cemetery Association), Tom Brian (City Attorney), Charlotte Gibbs, (Lorenzo Examiner), Charles Hankston and delegation from Mount Pleasant Baptist Church (List attached to September 1999 agenda), and Joyce Jones.
The invocation was given by Jo Ann Curbo.
II. The minutes of the Regular Meeting of August 9, 1999 were presented for review. MOTION by Councilman Ratheal and seconded by Councilman Woodard to approve the minutes as presented.
With all members voting Aye, the motion carried.
III. PATRON INPUT:
A. Charles Hankston, Pastor of the Mount Pleasant Baptist Church, (along with a delegation from the Church), appeared before council with a petition of concerns. They are as follows:
1. Reckless driving in the 500 block of Washington Street.
2. Placement of stop signs on Washington Street.
3. Weeds, trash, and rodents in the abandon lots and structures along either side of the 100 block West 6th. and West 5th. Streets.
4. Paving for Washington Street.
5. Community development funds and process for public input.
B. Mell Cherry, representing the Lorenzo Cemetery Association, presented issues to the council concerning
cemetery maintenance, record keeping, and ordinance enforcement.
IV. Financial Reports Reviewed:
A. Bank Balances
B. Finances
C. Bills Paid
MOTION by Councilman Ratheal and seconded by Councilwoman McNabb that the review of finances be approved.
With all members voting AYE, the motion carried.
V. ITEMS FOR CONSIDERATION:
A. MOTION by Councilman Ratheal and seconded by Councilman Woodard that the Council adopt
Ordinance 03-09-99 (An ordinance setting the 1999 tax rate for the City of Lorenzo at $.5762.) (This rate is the effective rate for the City.)
With all members voting AYE, the motion carried.
B. MOTION by Councilman Ratheal and seconded by Councilwoman Curbo that the council approve changing the October regular meeting date from Monday, October 11, 1999 to Tuesday, October 12, 1999.
With all members voting AYE, the motion carried.
C. MOTION by Councilwoman Curbo and seconded by Councilman Ratheal that A & J Howco Services, Inc. be approved as Grant Administrator for the City's 1999-2000 Texas Community Development Program.
With all members voting AYE, the motioned carried.
D. The city received proposals from the following firms for engineering services to prepare all preliminary and final design plans and specifications, and to conduct all necessary interim and final inspections required by the city for implementation of the Texas Community Development Program:
Oller Engineering, Lubbock, Texas
McK Engineering, LLP, Lubbock, Texas
OJD Engineering, Inc. Wellington, Texas
MOTION by Councilman Woodard and seconded by Councilman Ratheal that the council approve the firm of Oller Engineering, Inc. to provide engineering services for the Texas Community Development Program.
With all members voting AYE, the motion carried.
E. MOTION by Councilman Ratheal and seconded by Councilwoman Curbo that the council approve the CCAD request to sell Tract 10, Block 25B for back payment of taxes to Free Church of God In Christ, Inc. ($300.00)
With all members voting AYE, the motion carried.
F. MOTION by Councilman Ratheal and seconded by Councilwoman Curbo that Chief Arthur be designated the City's animal control officer and that the maintenance employees be designated as assistants with the authority to act in the absence of the Chief.
With all members voting AYE, the motion carried.
G. The City had received a request from a Mr. Duane Cripps of Lubbock Trucking Company (LTC) for a developmental loan to assist in the start up cost of his proposed business in Lorenzo.
MOTION by Councilwoman McNabb and seconded by Councilman Ratheal that since the City does not have an Economic Development Agency that they not become involved and not approve the request of Mr. Cripps.
With all members voting AYE, the motion carried.
VI. NON-ACTION ITEMS:
A. August 1999 Police Report
B. TML request for support of "Texas Youth and Texas Cities..Team 2000" rally.
C. Notification of TCDP Grant award.
D. TCDP monitor scheduled.
E. TNRCC visit for waste water.
F. Status of proposed waste water plant design.
G. "Welcome To Lorenzo" sign-Chamber of Commerce.
H. Cemetery maps.
I. Report of EMS Memorials.
J. Texas Forestry Service truck donation to Lorenzo VFD.
VII. EXECUTIVE SESSION:
A. Mayor Bownds called the council into closed session at 8:48 P.M. with City Attorney, Tom Brian, to consider litigation issues concerning Trish Chavez and possible misappropriation of city funds.
B. Return to Open Session: (Actions taken.)
MOTION by Councilwoman Curbo and seconded by Councilman Woodard that the council approve the recommendations of Attorney Brian to:
1. Notify the Texas Municipal League (The City's Risk Management Carrier) of proposed litigation against the City.
2. Commission a fraud audit of the City's utility system.
3. Notify the County Attorney of possible litigation against Trish Chavez for misappropriation
of city funds.
With all members voting AYE, the motion carried.
VIII. ADJOURNMENT:
There being no further business, Councilman Deleon moved and Councilman Ratheal seconded that the meeting of September 13, 1999 be adjourned.
With all members voting AYE, the motion carried.

Special Meeting
September 30, 1999

The Lorenzo City Council met in Special Session, Thursday, September 30, 1999 at 7:30 P.M. in the Council Room of the City Offices, 703 5th. Street, Lorenzo, Texas with Mayor Lester Bownds presiding for the expressed purpose of deliberating the discipline/dismissal of city employee Trish Chavez and deliberate litigation concerning Trish Chavez.

I. OPENING ACTIONS:
The Council met with the following members present:
Mayor Lester Bownds, Council members Jo Ann Curbo, Joe Deleon, Jo McNabb, and Jeff Ratheal.
Councilman Micky Woodard was absent.
Also present were City Administrator Jim Norris, City Auditor Randel Terry, and City Attorney Tom Brian.
Guests attending this meeting were Mike Bristow and Becky Garcia.
The invocation was given by Jeff Ratheal.
II. ITEMS FOR CONSIDERATION:
A. EXECUTIVE SESSION:
1. The council was called into closed session at 7:54 PM. by Mayor Bownds with City Auditor, Randel Terry of the firm of Sandefur and Swindel, and City Attorney Tom Brian in attendance
2. The council returned to open session at 8.34 P.M.
No action was taken by the council on issues of personnel or litigation addressed in closed session.
B. OPEN SESSION:
1. MOTION by Councilwoman McNabb and seconded by Councilwoman Curbo that the Council approve the recommendation of City Administrator Jim Norris that the suspension of Trish Chavez be made permanent and that she be terminated as of October 1, 1999.
With all members voting AYE, the motion carried.
2. MOTION by Councilwoman Curbo and seconded by Councilwoman McNabb that the Council approve the recommendation of City Attorney Tom Brian that the findings of the utility system collections and deposits audit for the fiscal years ending March 31, 1998 and March 31, 1999 be referred to the County Attorney for further investigation.
With all members voting AYE, the motion carried.

III. ADJOURNMENT:
There being no further business, Councilman Ratheal moved and Councilwoman Curbo seconded that the meeting of September 30, 1999 be adjourned.
With all members voting AYE, the motion carried.

October 12, 1999

The Lorenzo City Council met in Regular Session Monday, October 12, 1999 at 7:30 P.M. in the Council Room of the City Offices, 703 5th. Street, Lorenzo, Texas with Mayor Lester Bownds presiding.

I. OPENING ACTIONS:
The Council met with the following members present:
Mayor Lester Bownds, Council members Jo Ann Curbo, Joe Deleon, Jo McNabb, Jeff Ratheal, and Micky Woodard.
Also present was City Administrator Jim Norris.
Guests attending this meeting were Russell Schrieber (Oller Engineering), Trink Rhodes (HOWCO Management Services, Wayne Wallace, and Joyce Jones.
The invocation was given by Jeff Ratheal..
II. The minutes of the Regular Meeting of September 13, 1999 and the Special Meeting of September 30, 1999 were presented for review. MOTION by Councilman Ratheal and seconded by Councilwoman Curbo to approve the minutes as presented.
With all members voting Aye, the motion carried.
III. PATRON INPUT:
A. Russell Schrieber, Engineer for Oller Engineering, reviewed for the Council the status of the waste water improvement project that is presently under construction. (That being; The final plans for the ponding and distribution system are presently under review by the Texas Water Development Board.)
IV. Financial Reports Reviewed:
A. Bank Balances
B. Finances
C. Bills Paid
MOTION by Councilman Ratheal and seconded by Councilman Woodard that the review of finances be approved.
With all members voting AYE, the motion carried.
IV. ITEMS FOR CONSIDERATION:
A. MOTION by Councilwoman Curbo and seconded by Councilman Ratheal that the Council adopt Resolution 07-10-99. (A resolution addressing stop signs and speed limits on Washington Street.)
With all members voting AYE, the motion carried.
B. MOTION by Councilman Ratheal and seconded by Councilman Woodard that the Council adopt Resolution 08-10-99. (A resolution awarding a contract for grant management services for the 1999 TCDP Grant to
A & J Howco Services, Inc.)
With all members voting AYE, the motion carried.
C. MOTION by Councilman Woodard and seconded by Councilwoman Curbo that the Council adopt Resolution 09-10-99. (A resolution authorizing the City to enter into an agreement with Oller Engineering, Inc. for engineering services for the 1999 TCDP Grant.)
With all members voting AYE, the motion carried.
D. MOTION by Councilman Ratheal and seconded by Councilman Woodard that the Council adopt Resolution 10-10-99. (A resolution authorizing the City to participate in a joint venture with other West Texas Cities for seal coating in 2000.)
With all members voting AYE, the motion carried.
E. The Council discussed the issues surrounding the City's participation in the cooperative street-sweeper with the Crosby County Cities.
No-action taken.
V. NON-ACTION ITEMS:
A. September 1999 Police Report
B. September Energas Mcf Cost
C. November Council Meeting Time- 7:00 P.M. Standard Time.
VI. ADJOURNMENT:
There being no further business, Councilwoman Curbo moved and Councilman Ratheal seconded that the meeting of October 12, 1999 be adjourned.
With all members voting AYE, the motion carried

November 8, 1999

The Lorenzo City Council met in Regular Session Monday, November 8, 1999 at 7:00 P.M. in the Council Room of the City Offices, 703 5th. Street, Lorenzo, Texas with Mayor Lester Bownds presiding.

I. OPENING ACTIONS:
The Council met with the following members present:
Mayor Lester Bownds, Council members Jo Ann Curbo, Jo McNabb, Jeff Ratheal, and Micky Woodard.
Councilman Joe Deleon was absent.
Also present was City Administrator Jim Norris.
Guests attending this meeting were: Ron Coomer (Triple C Waste Haulers), Russell Schrieber (Oller Engineering), Charlotte Gibbs (Lorenzo Examiner), and Joyce Jones.
The Invocation was given by Micky Woodard.
II. The minutes of the Regular Meeting of October 12, 1999 were presented for review. MOTION by Councilman Ratheal and seconded by Councilwoman McNabb to approve the minutes as presented.
With all members voting AYE, the motion carried.
III. PATRON INPUT:
A. Ron Coomer (Triple C Waste Haulers) addressed the council with a request for a rate increase for transporting garbage to the City of Lubbock's new landfill near Abernathy. He cited as reasons for the needed increase as increased fuel costs, distance to landfill, equipment cost, and labor cost changes.
B. Russell Schrieber, Engineer for Oller Engineering, reviewed for the Council the status of the waste water improvement project that is presently under construction. (That being; The final review of plans are nearing completion by the Texas Water Development Board. Bids for construction will go forward as soon as plant specifications are approved.)
IV. FINANCIAL REPORTS REVIEWED:
A. Bank Balances.
B. Finances.
C. Bills Paid.
MOTION by Councilman Woodard and seconded by Councilman Ratheal that the review of finances be approved.
With all members voting AYE, the motion carried.
V. ITEMS FOR CONSIDERATION:
A. MOTION by Councilman Ratheal and seconded by Councilwoman Curbo that the council approve Mr. Coomer's request for a $.60 increase in garbage collection fees.
With all members voting AYE, the motion carried.
B. MOTION by Councilwoman Curbo and seconded by Councilman Ratheal that the Council authorize the Mayor and City Administrator to select the appropriate telecommunications franchise category for the city when all information is received from the Public Utility Commission.
With all members voting AYE, the motion carried.
C. MOTION by Councilman Ratheal and seconded by Councilwoman Curbo that the Council approve the re appointment of Councilman Woodard to the Board of Directors of the Crosby County Appraisal District.
With all members voting AYE, the motion carried.
D. MOTION by Councilman Ratheal and seconded by Councilman Woodard that the Council approve the adoption of Resolution 11-11-99. (A resolution authorizing and naming Mayor Bownds, Mayor Pro-Tem McNabb, and City Administrator Jim Norris as the persons to sign financial documents pertaining to the 1999 TCDP Grant No. 719511.)
With all members voting AYE, the motion carried.
E. MOTION by Councilwoman McNabb and seconded by Councilman Ratheal that the following fee schedule for ambulance runs by Lorenzo Volunteer EMS personnel be approved:
Driver-ECA $ 7.50
Basic Certification $10.00
Intermediate Certification $12.50
Paramedic $15.00
Meal fee for runs over 3 hours. $ 5.00
With all members voting AYE, the motion carried.

 

 

VI. NON-ACTION ITEMS (Information or discussion only.)
A. October Police Report.
B. Energas Letter - Proposed Date of Gas Rate Change
C. Energas - November Gas Cost per Mcf
D. Texas Water Development Board (Sunset Review)
E. 2000 Election Calendar
F. Council Voting Districts
G. TML Letter (President Patterson)
H. TML-Liability and Property Coverage Documents
VII. ADJOURNMENT:
There being no further business, MOTION by Councilman Woodard and seconded by Councilwoman Ratheal that the meeting of November 8, 1999 be adjourned.
With all members voting AYE, the motion carried.

December 13, 1999

The Lorenzo City Council met in Regular Session Monday, December 13, 1999 at 7:00 P.M. in the Council Room of the City Offices, 703 5th. Street, Lorenzo, Texas with Mayor Lester Bownds presiding.

I. OPENING ACTIONS:
The Council met with the following members present:
Mayor Lester Bownds, Council members Jo Ann Curbo, Joe Deleon, Jo McNabb, Jeff Ratheal, and Micky Woodard.
Also present was City Administrator Jim Norris.
Guests attending this meeting were: Joyce Jones.
The Invocation was given by Jo McNabb..
II. The minutes of the Regular Meeting of November 8, 1999 were presented for review. MOTION by Councilwoman McNabb and seconded by Councilman Deleon to approve the minutes as presented.
With all members voting AYE, the motion carried.
III. FINANCIAL REPORTS REVIEWED:
A. Bank Balances.
B. Finances.
C. Bills Paid.
MOTION by Councilwoman McNcnabb and seconded by Councilwoman Curbo that the review of finances be approved.
With all members voting AYE, the motion carried.
IV. ITEMS FOR CONSIDERATION:
A. The Council reviewed the information received from the Energas Company concerning the impending change in gas rates for the City of Lorenzo. The suspension of the gas rate change rate request by the City expired on December 8, 1999 and was further extended by Energas until January 31, 2000. After the January 31, 2000 date, gas rate increases for the City of Lorenzo will become effective.
No action taken by council.
B. MOTION by Councilwoman Curbo and seconded by Councilman Ratheal that the Council accept the donation of lots 8 and 9, block 44 (O.T. Lorenzo)(Location is in the 1400 block of 5th. street.) to the City of Lorenzo from R.B. and Billie Todd.
With all members voting AYE, the motion carried.
C. MOTION by Councilman Ratheal and seconded by Councilwoman McNabb that the Council approve Resolution 12-12-99. (A resolution adopting an Affirmative Action Plan for the 1999 Texas Community Development Program.)
With all members voting AYE, the motion carried.
D. MOTION by Councilman Ratheal and seconded by Councilman Woodard that the Council approve the
sale of the following CCAD property:
1. Lots 11 and 12, block 57 to Wayne Wallace for a bid of $500.00.
2. Lots 16 through 57, block 77 to Crosby County fuel for a bid of $3,000.00.
With all members voting AYE, the motion carried.
V. NON-ACTION ITEMS (Information or discussion only.)
A. November Police Report.
B. Energas Letter - Concerning ads about emergency reporting centers.
C. Classic Cable Letter - Informing city of franchise fee and other services to the community.
D. GTE Letter - Concerning terminated franchise agreement.
E. 2000 Election Calendar.
F. Council Voting Districts.
VI. ADJOURNMENT:
There being no further business, MOTION by Councilwoman McNabb and seconded by Councilman Ratheal that the meeting of December 13, 1999 be adjourned.
With all members voting AYE, the motion carried


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