During the Thursday morning City Council meeting there was a lot on the agenda for the council to discuss.
One of the first items of business was to canvass the City Election, certify results and declare the winners. Since there was not any candidates running opposed there was not an election. Chuck Nave made a motion to accept the four people elected and Ray McFarland seconded the motion. It passed with a unanimous vote.
There were four council members sworn in, three were incumbents and one new member. They included Leon Pope, Chuck Nave, Tresa Sparks and Ray McFarland. Kelly Burris administered the Oath of Office.
The outgoing council member, Sherrill Lindsey, was presented with a plaque by Mayor, Tom Hesse, on behalf of the city for his four years of service on the council.
The council then voted in a new Mayor pro-tem. Ray McFarland nominated Leon Pope and Chuck Nave seconded the motion and all council members agreed.
Next on the agenda was to approve a Type 2 special event application from the Knights of Columbus for their 16th annual barbecue cook off. It is set for June 9-10 in Coleman Park. A motion was made and seconded to approve the event and all member voted to pass the motion.
David Partlow addressed the council about approving an incentive package offered to Texas Custom Wine Works, LLC by the Brownfield Industrial Development Cooperation and ratifying advance payments of the incentive package made to TCWW.
The incentive included helping the business add on to the current building so that they can have more storage for grapes and juice. It will help create six permanent jobs and twenty jobs during growing season, approximately six months. BIDCorp is willing to offer a $45,000 grant and a $125,000 loan with 0% interest to be paid out over 5 years. Mary Valdonado made a motion to accept and Rickey Rocha seconded, the motion passed with an unanimous vote.
Kelly Davila from South Plains Association of Governments (SPAG) addressed the council about items 11-17 on the agenda. All items were pertaining to the Small and Microenterprise Revolving Fund (SMRF) program. In December SPAG helped the council apply to establish SMRF. Davila asked the council to adopt resolutions so that they can move forward with the SMRF program. Pope made a motion to accept and Nave seconded. The motion passed unanimously.
There will be a BIDCorp meeting at 5:00 p.m. Monday May 15.
Tax Increment Reinvestment Zone board meeting is scheduled for Noon on Wednesday May 24 at City Hall.
The next City Council meeting is scheduled for Thursday May 25 at 7:30 a.m.
City Hall will be closed on Monday May 29 for Memorial Day.
West Tex ISF will officially close on June 2, 2017.
All Council members were present.