By Teresa Barbian
The City of Anson held its regularly scheduled City Council meeting on Monday, March 14, 2016. The meeting was called to order and an opening prayer was led by Councilman Larry White. One correction to the previous meeting's minutes was requested by Councilwoman Evelyn Edwards. The minutes were approved with the correction.
Next on the agenda were presentations by citizens. Issues were brought up about how trust properties were handled and issues about getting items on the agenda. I spoke to Anson’s City Manager, Sonny Campbell, about the process for getting on the agenda. His answer: call a council member, the mayor, or the City Manager and talk to them about your issue. A lot of times, issues can be resolved, and there is no need to be put on the agenda. Questions are normally not agenda items as these can be answered or handled by city officials or council members. One thing to keep in mind, subject matter dealing with a company or business cannot be put on the agenda. Council meetings cannot discuss a private company's business practices. If the company or business requests to be added to the agenda, then the company or business can be present to discuss any issues private citizens may have. If a council member doesn’t believe that your issue should be on the agenda, call another council member or call the City Manager or the Mayor.
At the meeting a question was asked about why Anson did not have a City Secretary. Mayor Mike Herndon replied, “We do have an Interim City Secretary.” Juanita Burleson is Anson’s Interim City Secretary. Another citizen had a concern about the water that runs across his lot when it rains. The Mayor told this citizen that the county commissioner hadn’t had time to look at his issue. This citizen was upset because he was told that this commissioner was going to be at the council meeting to address this, but was not present.
Next on the agenda was to discuss and take action on bids that total $20 submitted by Anson Independent School District for the purchase of R11739 and R22877 which are the north half and south half of Lot 2, Block 7 in the original town of Anson. Council members questioned whether the city or the school district would maintain these properties once the school district obtained ownership. These items were tabled for the next meeting since the City Attorney was not present to answer the council’s question. Next was a bid of $75 submitted by Willie and Amanda Medley for R25488, Lots 3 and 4, Block 6 of the W.R. Chapman Addition, City of Anson. This item was approved. Next, the council approved a bid of $200 submitted by Willie and Amanda Medley for the purchase of R26961, Lots 5 and 6, Block 6 of the W.R. Chapman Addition, City of Anson. The council approved a bid for $101 submitted by Weldon Davis for the purchase of R11149, Lots 1 and 2, Block 3 of the Wilson & McCreight Addition, City of Anson. Next, the council approved a bid of $100 submitted by Robert and Kim Jimenez for the purchase of R16832, Lot 8, Block 183 in the Johnson Addition, City of Anson. The council approved a bid of $100 submitted by Robert and Kim Jimenez for the purchase of R11196, Lot 9, Block 183 in the Johnson Addition, City of Anson.
The next agenda item was to discuss and take action on a sliding scale Tax Abatement agreement with Mark Haechten of Haechten Crop Insurance. This item was approved with a 10 year sliding scale. Next, the Council discussed approving the Asset Transfer Agreement related to transfer of hospital operations and property to Anson Hospital District and authorizing the Mayor to sign, file, and complete any and all documents required to effectuate the transfer. To ensure a smooth transfer, the council approved this item.
The Council then discussed approving a limited power of attorney regarding the appointment of Anson Hospital District and its pharmacist-in-charge, as true and lawful agent, under the Controlled Substance Act or Controlled Substances Import and Export Act and authorizing the Mayor to sign, file, and complete any and all documents required to effectuate the appointment. This is only a temporary power of attorney until April 1, 2016 when the hospital will be transferred to the new tax district. This item was approved.
The next item was approval of a Warranty Deed and Bill of Sale and Assignment from the City of Anson to Anson Hospital District regarding real and personal property of the Anson General Hospital and authorizing the Mayor to sign, file, and complete any and all documents required to effectuate the transfer. Again, this is just legal paperwork to ensure a smooth transition when Anson General Hospital becomes Anson Hospital Tax District on April 1, 2016. This item was approved.
Next, discuss and take action to reappoint Roland Foster to the West Central Texas Municipal Water District Board. This item was approved. Next on the agenda was to discuss and take action on First reading of Ordinance #917 for City of Anson Rates for Water, Sewer, and Garbage services for the City of Anson. The council decided to table this issue since they did not receive the numbers yet.
The Council then discussed the rate increases for bulk water sales to Hawley Water Supply Corp. Since the water rates increased from the city’s supplier, the council approved to increase the bulk water rates for bulk water supplied to Hawley.
Next was the Mayor’s report, but the Mayor had nothing to report. Next was the Police Report for the month of February. There were 14 arrests and a total of 54 animal calls. There were 96 traffic citations and 64 warnings. Next was to discuss and take action on accounts payable. There was a question about a payment for the city’s street lights so this item was approved subject to the bill being reviewed. The meeting was then adjourned.