City Council Meeting Briefs from Aug. 15
The Aransas Pass City Council met for a monthly meeting on Aug. 15. The council started off in executive session which lasted over two hours. No action was taken on three of the four executive session items including municipal court, Naismith Engineering and Redfish Bay Boathouse lease. Mayor Adan Chapa and council approved for City Manager Sylvia Carrillo to move forward with litigations with the contractor in regards to the structures for Public Works.
The mayor and council approved to set the proposed tax rate for the 2016-2017 Fiscal Year at $.688655. The rate is a slight increase from the current $.680354 tax rate. Carrillo explained the increase comes after around $6 million has been lost in value across the three counties. The example used was a $12 tax increase on a property that is worth $125,000 in Aransas Pass. The public hearings for the proposed tax rate were set for Aug. 22 and Aug. 29 at City Hall beginning at 7 p.m.
Resident Thomas Dutton turned in a petition to the City to begin the disannexation process for the Sherwood Forest annexation due to the City not providing a full service plan. Carrillo explained the court ruled in the City's favor. Dutton countered by saying his petition case is different from the case resident Daniel Jimenez has against the City. A motion and a second was given before the conversation started, and City Attorney Allen Lawerence reminded Mayor Chapa those were already given. The mayor and council voted and approved to deny the request to disannex the Sherwood Forest area. A discussion about the sewage plan for Sherwood Forest took place. Carrillo explained the City is in the process of getting the funding for the area. She went on to say the City received a $500,000 grant for the Falman Acres service plan, and staff is redrawing the proposal to extend to the Sherwood Forest area. Carrillo estimated within 18 months the project should be completed for the residents to tap into.
RV Park & Retail Center
The mayor and council approved for two plats to be replatted to move forward with obtaining building permits. Council member Vickie Abrego opposed the vote. The first plat is the Burton & Danforth Subdivision where the property owners are replatting to develop a RV Park. The lot is located west of State Highway 361, between Morgan Lane and Mooney Lane. Abrego opposed the vote because of her concern with the roads being wide enough for RVs to come in and out and turn. Staff shared they have asked for an extra 10 feet of road in the tract. The second plat is the Aransas Pass Townsite, located south of E. Goodnight Avenue (SH 361) and west of South Arch Street.The property owners are replatting their property in order to combine eight lots into one lot in order to build a retail center. The development will occur in phases. The first phase will contain a space for a retail store, which will more than likely be a Spanky’s according to Miguel Saldana, Director of Development Services.
Hike & Bike Trail
The mayor and council approved the Advance Funding Agreement with TxDOT to begin the process of putting a hike and bike trail. The City was awarded a $1 million grant from TxDOT for the 10-foot-wide hike and bike trail which will connect the library, Newbury Park and the high school. The City's match for the project is around $300,000 according to Carrillo.
The mayor and council approved for the Aransas Pass Civic Center to go for bids for new carpet in the main area of the Civic Center.
The mayor and council approved the design/build agreement with local company H. Lancaster Company to install 15 benches in the downtown Aransas Pass area. The amount was approved to not exceed $15,000.
The mayor and council approved the request from the Spirit of Aransas Pass group to use $10,000 from the HOT (Hotel Occupancy Tax) Funds for the first Bacon Fest. The event will be held at Redfish Bay Boathouse. The festival will feature vendors of all types, bacon dishes prepared by local amateur cooks as well as area restaurant chefs. The proceeds to benefit the Aransas Pass Fire and Police departments. Bacon Fest is scheduled for Oct. 22 & 23, 2016.
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To watch the live stream of the entire council meeting click here: http://livestream.com/AransasPass/events/2456509