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Council approves funding request from Fiesta Bee County
by Gary Kent
Jul 25, 2014 | 427 views | 0 0 comments | 1 1 recommendations | email to a friend | print
BEEVILLE – City Council members voted unanimously July 15 to approve a request for $40,000 in hotel and motel occupancy tax funds from Fiesta Bee County.

The request for the funds was made weeks before by Fiesta representative Manuel Segovia. The money will be used to pay for advertising and other expenses related to the annual Diez y Seis de Septiembre celebration.

The event is scheduled for Sept. 11-14 at the Bee County Expo Center.

Segovia said the money will be spent only on advertising and promoting the event and on other expenses allowed under state law.

When Segovia made the initial request for the funds, City Attorney Frank Warner assured the council that Fiesta always had provided ample documentation on how the money was spent. He had no objections to the council granting the request.

Councilman John Fulghum made the motion to grant the request, and the second came from Mayor Pro Tem Libby Spires.

Council members also approved a resolution recognizing city employees and volunteers for their effort in making the May 31 Spring Clean event a success.

Mike Reeves of Republic Services, the city’s solid waste disposal contractor, also was mentioned for the effort his company made toward the annual cleanup day.

Republic provided half of the 12 big roll-off containers at no charge.

City Code Compliance Official Ronald “Buddy” Hardy expressed his appreciation to the city staff and the council for their support of the event.

In other business, the council voted to:

— Appoint Mayor David Carabajal and Councilwoman Yvonne Dunn to work with City Manager Jack Hamlett in drawing up a city policy on providing water and sewer services to residents outside the city limits who request them.

— Accept a $15,000 grant from the federal government’s Homeland Security department for the purchase of new radios that will allow police to communicate with other agencies in the Coastal Bend. The money will be reimbursed to the city shortly after the city pays for the radios.

— Authorize the staff at the George P. Morrill Water Treatment Plant at Swinney Switch to purchase several months of water treatment chemicals at a time in an effort to save money.

— Allow City Secretary Barbara Treviño to take money from one of her department’s accounts to pay for overtime and the repair of a computer in her office.

— Appoint Bee County Tax Assessor-Collector Linda Bridge to establish the city’s effective and rollback tax rates.
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