City Secretary Ruby De La Garza said she had talked to the current top 11 candidates and they said they had no problem with the pay.
“Hopefully, by the next meeting, we will be interviewing at least the top five,” Jochetz said.
The police chief position became vacant when then Police Chief Joseph Roberts resigned abruptly on Jan. 30. Roberts gave no reason for his resignation.
Also, De La Garza reported that $37,000 more in game room machine permit fees had been paid.
The city levies a $1,000 per machine annual permit fee for game rooms.
The council also discussed creating a recreational vehicle ordinance that would regulate RV parks.
A proposed six-space park prompted the discussion. The council plans on using other municipality ordinances as a model to get started.
The council also approved the repairs of a sewer machine at a cost of $4,005 by Kinloch Equipment & Supply.
The council also approved advertising for a municipal court clerk.
Debbie LePore, who currently has the municipal clerk position, plans on leaving May 31.
The council voted to advertise locally for the position. Computer skills, customer service skills with a negotiable salary were the stipulations.
The council also approved a request from Michael Willemon for sewer outside the city limits at a set up cost of $320.
The council also approved a request from Stephen Meza for water and sewer outside the city limits with a set up cost of $2,519.
In other business, the council approved travel and meal expenses to send Mayor Larry Jochetz and City Secretary Ruby DeLaGarza to a Development and Implementing Budget Workshop in Conroe on June 6.