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George West City leaders discuss candidates for city manager
by Rita Arnst
Jul 29, 2009 | 1118 views | 0 0 comments | 15 15 recommendations | email to a friend | print
During the regularly scheduled George West City Council meeting on Monday, June 20, councilmen reviewed and discussed resumes of applicants applying for the position of city manager as posted on the Texas Municipal League website. No final decision was made.

After approving the minutes, city leaders went into closed session to consider the Old Marbach school water supply cooperation account. After 2 ½ hours of deliberations, city officials decided to “continue as is” for the time being and to work out a mutually acceptable payment amount and balance due on advisement of City Attorney Dwayne McWilliams.

Councilmen voted to establish a written policy for utility accounts and services and passed the first reading of Ordinance No. 696, establishing an identity theft prevention program pursuant to the Fair and Accurate Credit Transaction Act. The Texas Municipal League states in order to protect the city against lawsuits, employees that have access to customers’ records must go through a special training. Mayor Sylvia Steele said, “Now that the resolution has passed, we will be scheduling a class next week.”

The City Council approved the final reading of the amended planning and zoning Ordinance No. 694 Amendment No. 119 request by Maria C. Ibarra for a variance in the residential zoning of Block, Lot 2 of the original town site of George West (commonly known as 503 Austin St.) to operate a hair salon.

City leaders approved a contract with Ranch Wireless Internet Service and authorized Mayor Steele to sign the contract. They also approved a resolution to authorize the filing of a grant application with the Coastal Bend Council of Governments for the 2010 solid waste grant program. Hotel/motel funds will be used to construct a planter strip adjacent to landscape project on Hwy. 281 in front of City Hall, Police Department and Chamber of Commerce. Lastly, city officials approved the bid of $3,750 from Weaver Construction for seal coating at the maintenance yard.

The agenda item on a public hearing and consideration and action to approve the first reading of the amended planning and zoning Ordinance No. 695 Amendment No. 120 request by Endina D. Valadez, for a variance in the residential zoning of block 36, Lot 3 of the original town site of George West (commonly known as 605 Austin St.) to place a portable building and sell food items, was denied.

The agenda item to consider and take action on passing the first reading of Ordinance No. 697, adopting rules for onsite sewage facilities, failed and the agenda item to consider an inter-local agreement between the city of George West and Live Oak County for the Live Oak County Criminal Justice Center was tabled.
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