The City Council met in regular session on Monday, August 7, where they addressed their bi-monthly agenda which included the installation of a traffic light at the intersection of east Broadway and State highway 214 and the presentation of the 2017 effective tax rate.

After the invocation by Councilman Robert Hanneman the Council was introduced to the newest Denver City patrolman was introduced by Chief of Police Jack Miller. Also during the announcements Councilman Clinton Bowman asked the Council for their prayers over the loss of Yoakum County Deputy Jason Fann. The Deputy loss his life in a one car accident on Saturday, August 5, while responding to an accident on state highway 214.

Bowman also thanked Public Works Director Dave Tedford for the crushed asphalt put in several low spots at the cemetery.

After several accidents over the last several years, the Council unanimously approved to enter into an agreement with TxDOT to install a traffic light at the intersection of State Highway 83 and State Highway 214 (east Broadway and State Highway 214). Even though no deaths have resulted in these accidents, which is one of the steps required to install the light, the Council and City Manager Stan David thought this was needed before a death did occur. At an earlier meeting of the Commissioners Court, County Commissioners had also voiced their concern over this same intersection.

The total cost of the project will be $50,000. Commissioners had agreed to equally share the expense of the project with each entity each putting in $25,000.

David explained the light would be a regular light, like what is in other locations in Denver City, and would have a sensor to change from red to green. The light will mostly be on green for the north and south bound traffic, but would be triggered when traffic started backing up on Broadway, especially between 7 and 8 am each day. The installation will start when both parties have signed the agreement and should be finished by the end of the year.

Also of interest to the Council was the presentation of the 2017 effective tax rate. After going through the budged items David said the tax rate will actually go down this year and will be 0.853967/$100 property valuation. The rate last year was 0.899000/$100.

The Roll back rate will be 0.962809/$100. This compares to a Roll back rate from 2016 of $1.029100/$100. A Roll back rate is the highest a tax rate can be set before a Roll back election would be held to approve it.

Other items in the agenda included a contract with Anderson Upton who submitted the only bid for leasing the sewer farm land south of Denver City. City Manager Stan David said several interested parties did pick up a packet for the land, but Upton was the only one to submit a bid. His bid was for $20,000, which is up from the $17,500 he paid last year. Upton has been farming the land for several years, including the years when Corky Black had leased it from the city.

The Council also unanimously approved an agreement with the South Plains Association of Governments (SPAG) for the 9-1-1 service. The City of Denver City is the local government that operates Public Safety Answering Points that assist in implementing 9-1-1 calls.

Since the first meeting of September falls on Labor Day the Council unanimously approved changing the date to the following Monday, September 11 at 7 pm.

At that point, the Council went into Executive Session to discuss the purchase of property (Lots 20-22, Block 22, Old Township). The property in question is the D-Mac property which belongs to Dennis and Sharon McAdams. After coming out of Executive Session a motion was made to offer the purchase of the property for an amount determined in Executive Session. The motion was unanimously approved.

And in the last item the Council unanimously approve to pay city bills that totaled $86,539.50.

The Council then adjourned and went into a budget work session.

Council members in attendance were Joan Breith, Ronald Weir, Robert Hanneman, Clinton Bowman, Keith Mensch and Mayor Tommy Hicks. Councilman Mark Sherman was out of town and was not in attendance.

The next meeting will be held on Monday, August 21 at 7 pm in the City Hall chambers.