Council votes to purchase new communications tower
by Gary Kent
Jun 16, 2012 | 1102 views | 0 0 comments | 10 10 recommendations | email to a friend | print
BEEVILLE — On Tuesday, City Council members approved entering a financing agreement with Government Capital for the purchase of a $139,500 communications tower and voted to spend $23,000 to have new security gates built at both entrances to Veterans Memorial Park.

The council was told that technicians who had been called to work on the existing tower where the city has its communications equipment refused to climb the structure because it was not safe.

Interim City Manager Deborah Ballí said the city could lease space on an existing tower but that would require a $10,000 down payment and then a monthly fee.

However, if the city builds its own tower, it will have eight places on that structure which could be leased out on a similar agreement and bring in some revenue for the city.

Mayor Pro Tem Mike Scotten made the motion to have the city purchase its own 300-foot tower and Councilman John Fulghum seconded that motion.

The two council members were joined by Mayor Santiago “Jimbo” Martinez in approving the motion.

Council members David Carabajal and Libby Spires were not at the meeting.

Ballí then explained the loan from Government Capital, saying it would be the best financing option for the city. No payment would be required until next January and that would allow the city to budget for the $37,977 annual payment for the tower.

Council members had three options for building security gates for the entrances to the recently improved VMP property.

The least expensive option would have been a two-pole, manually locked, swinging gate that would require a police officer to get out of his patrol car, close and then lock the gates.

That project would have cost the city $4,900. But the council was told that the Beeville Police Department would prefer to have motorized, remote control gates so that the officer would not have to leave his patrol car to close the gates.

The estimate to build those gates came in at $23,500 from TW Tanks, a Beeville company.

The gates would each have one, motorized steel pipe that could be shut and locked by a remote control unit.

Ballí said those gates would also be harder to break.

The only other option the city was offered was remote control, chain link gates to be built by Amstar, the company who has been doing the park improvement work for the city.

Those gates would not have been as substantial and would have cost the city $13,500.

Martinez made the motion to go with the TW Tanks remote-control gates and the motion was seconded by Fulghum.

When the vote was taken, Scotten abstained.

Ballí said the city would budget for the construction of those gates for the next fiscal year.

In other business, the council voted to:

— Spend $4,717.28 for goal posts on a practice football field at Veterans Memorial Park.

— Approve a recommendation to designate the U.S. Highway 181 business route through the city as off limits to through trucks to keep that traffic out of the city. Trucks not making deliveries or stopping in the city will be required to use the U.S. Highway 181 Bypass east of the city.

— Accept a report from Collier, Johnson and Woods on the city’s audit of its finances ending on Sept. 30, 2011.

— Approve releasing a $17,000 grant to the Beeville Boys and Girls Club to help pay for its annual summer recreation program.

— Authorize payment of a $4,310 invoice from HDR Engineering for work done on a groundwater study.

— Accept the resignations of Josie Michael and Frank Gonzales from the Traffic Safety Commission.

Gary Kent is a reporter at the Bee-Picayune and can be reached at 358-2550, ext. 120, or at
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