The Denver City City Council met in regular session on Monday night, July 6, where they addressed their agenda.
After the pledge to both the United States and Texas flag by Mayor Pro Tem Robert Hanneman followed by the opening prayer from Councilman Ronald Weir.
During the announcement portion of the meeting Councilman Mark Sherman complimented the Chamber and Fire Chief Cody Freeman for the outstanding 4th of July Fireworks. Also during this portion prayers were offered for Mayor Tommy Hicks wife Julie and also for Chief of Police David Hennigan wife.
Moving into the agenda, Yoakum County Criminal District Attorney, Bill Helwig, gave the council an update on the investigator position and respectfully asked for the council to continue to help fund this position. Mr. Helwig informed them that the previous investigator had resigned to take a position with Brownfield ISD, but that he had interviewed two new people and would be making a decision very soon. The city contributes $11,500 toward his salary.
The next item on the agenda was to consider clearing the title on Lots 19-25, Block 29, OT. City Attorney, Warren New, informed the council that he had been in contact with the County Abstract Office, and there is a question about the title to the land. The City Council voted unanimously for Mr. New to further look into this matter and see what it would take to clear the title for the City of Denver City.
In the next item, City Manager Stan David, presented information about employee health insurance plans. He advised that the current plan was an HMO Blue Cross Blue Shield plan. This plan will go up to $633.54 from $622.74 per employee per month. The council had the opportunity to look through all of the bids and plans, and they unanimously chose to continue with this plan at Mr. David’s recommendation.
Issues concerning COVID-19 were the next thing discussed. David informed the Council that Yoakum County currently has 13 active cases. He advised that counties with less than 20 active cases did not fall under the executive order from Governor Abbott for mandatory masks, but that they would continue to be encouraged while people are out in public. David also stated that County Judge Jim Barron was working on an executive order with this information in it.
The current curfew of 11:00 PM to 5:00 AM is still in effect.
Following this session, the Council approved the payment of $164,763.56 in city bills and $22,498.42 in manual checks. These two items were followed by a motion to adjourn.
Council members in attendance included Robert Hanneman, Clinton Bowman, Mark Sherman, Keith Mensch, Joan Breith, and Ronald Weir. Mayor Tommy Hicks was not present.
The next regularly scheduled meeting will be held on Monday, July 20, in the Council chambers starting at 7pm.