Editor’s Note: The following minutes have not been approved by the White Deer City Council. The White Deer News is not responsible for typographical errors, but has only formatted the minutes to its space and style requirements.
A regular meeting of the White Deer City Council was held on Sept. 21, 2015.
Council members present were Mayor Kent Kelp, Michael Lenz, Lyn Luster and Wade Petty. Alan Warminski and Randel Barrett were absent.
Employees present included Katrina War-minski, Sheryl Starks and Darell Luster.
Guests were James Shaw, John Ingle, Bobby Hefner, Lois Maricich, Rosa Bilderback, Rebecca Odell and Linda Robertson.
Item 1. Call the meeting to order: With a quorum present, the meeting was called to order by Mayor Kelp.
Item 2. Pledge of Allegiance to the United States of America and the State of Texas.
Item 3. The invocation was given by Council Member Lenz.
Item 4. Approve agenda for the meeting. Council Member Lenz made the motion to approve the agenda for the meeting, seconded by Council Member Luster; all for; motion carried 3-0.
Item 5. Approve the minutes of the Aug.17 regular meeting and Aug. 31 and Sept. 14 budget meetings. Council Member Luster made the motion to approve the minutes of these meetings. Council Member Petty seconded, and motion carried 3-0.
Item 6. Concerned citizens. Mr. Ingle thanked Mayor Kelp for getting the decals on the city vehicles and equipment. Mr. Ingle also commented that everyone needs to be aware of all the snakes and be careful. Mr. Hefner asked again about the speed limits signs; Mayor Kelp explained that TXDOT is in charge of the speed limit signs on the Highway, but he will get in contact with them and see if something can be done. Mrs. Robertson asked how the pay increases for city employees was done, because of council members being absent at the meeting it was voted on, and being as two employees have spouses on the council. It was explained to Mrs. Robertson that increases were given straight across for salary employees and hourly employees.
Item 7. Adopt 2015/2016 City Budget. After some adjustments were made and explained, Council Member Petty made the motion to adopt the 2015/2016 budget with the corrections. Council Member Luster seconded; all for; motion carried 3-0.
Item 8. Adopt the 2015/2016 effective tax rate. Council Member Lenz made the motion to accept the tax rate of 0.589860 for the 2015/2016 year. Council Member Luster seconded; all for; motion carried 3-0.
Item 9. Keep White Deer Beautiful. Mrs. Bilderback spoke on behalf of Keep White Deer Beautiful. Mrs. Bilderback presented the council with projects that Keep White Beautiful is working on. Project #1 Work to the Roadside Park. The committee wants to put a fence across the back of the back, a watering system, re-do curbing, re-do the doe on stand, and repaint the covered tables. Project #2 Work on the deer on Main Street. Robert Germany will be the project leader on this. And Project #3 Flags over White Deer. The committee will purchase poles, flags, pipe inserts and caps. They would like to place the a flag in front of businesses and homes of citizens on Veteran’s Day, Memorial Day, Flag Day, White Deer Rodeo weekend and Labor and Patriot’s Day. The cost of this will be $30 per year. The flag will remain property of KWDB. Volunteers will put flags out for each holiday and pick up by 5 p.m. that evening.
Item 10. Approve the Irrevocable Documentary Blanket Letter of Credit for the Railroad Commission for gas well. Council Member Lenz made the motion to approve the letter of credit in the amount of $25,000. Council Member Petty seconded; all for; motion carried 3-0.
Item 11. Approve the ordinance on Mayor’s spending limit. Council Member Lenz made the motion to approve the Ordinance 15-09 establishing the Mayors spending limit not to exceed $5000 in a 10 day period. If in an emergency the amount should exceed this, the Mayor would need the approval of the Mayor-Pro Tem or call an emergency meeting for council approval. Council Member Luster seconded the motion; all for; motion carried 3-0.
Item 12. Accounts Payable. Council Member Petty made the motion to approve the accounts payable for the month of August. Council Member Luster seconded; all for;, motion carried 3-0.
Item 13. The reports were looked over. Mrs. Starks presented the EMS report and Marshal Luster was present for his Marshal report.
Item 14. There were no additional comments from concerned citizens.
The next regular meeting date is set for Monday, Oct. 26 at 6 p.m. There being no further business on the agenda, Council Member Luster motioned to adjourn. Council Member Lenz seconded; meeting adjourned.