The Denver City City Council met in regular session on Monday night, May 18, where they addressed their agenda.
After the Invocation was led by Robert Hanneman, the Council moved into the announcement portion of the meeting. Councilmen Mark Sherman reminded everyone about 2020 graduation exercises that will be held at Mustang Stadium starting at 8pm. Also added was the Senior parade that will be held on Thursday, May 21. The senior students will line up at the high school parking lot and then head south on Mustang turning on 4th street to Main and then north to 15th street.
Moving on to the agenda, the Council listen to a report from City Manager Stan David concerning the TxDot Aviation airport grant project. He informed the Council that last August a participation agreement was approved by the Council with an estimated cost of project totaling $4,915,000. Of that cost the was $300,000 for the design. In January the contract was amended to $357,000 for the design cost.
Now estimates for the project have now dropped to $4,214,000 for the runways only with an additional $588,000 if the apron area is done plus $448,000 if taxi lanes are done. Unfortunately, David continued, TxDot is now saying that $252,300 of the taxi lane is not eligible for the grant because it is wider than the 25 feet they allow leaving $195,700 eligible for the 90/10 grant. The city and the county would then split $252,300. The estimated cost shared by the county and the city would be $787,770 ($393,885 each). After a lengthy discussion the Council unanimously approved to proceed with the project. The project could begin in August and should be completed in October.
Since the last meeting four companies have submitted bids for surveying and engineering work for the waterline project. Those companies include Tejas Partners, CJR (for ditching only), Ferguson Construction, and Henry’s Welding. David informed the Council he was needing more information and recommended tabling this item until the next meeting.
Denver City Chief Police David Hennigan made a proposal to amend the airport trailer lease in order to limit the amount of time someone can live in the trailer before being charged rent. Hennigan recommended 18-24 months of free rent before a charge would be implanted. Currently there are two officers sharing the trailer, but one of those officers has accepted a position with another police department and will be leaving the end of May. A motion was made and unanimously approved to allow Hennigan to work out the details of the trailer.
Chief Hennigan also has recently applied for and received a grant to purchase servers and computer equipment through the Criminal Justice Division Grant for the police department. The Council unanimously approved this request.
In the next item David went over the parade route the senior class will be taking on Thursday, May 21. Hennigan said his department will help with the blocking of those streets involved. The parade will begin at 5:30pm.
In years past the City has always donated $1,500 to Project Graduation, an all-night event for the senior class on the night of graduation. Since there will not be a Project Graduation this year these funds will be used in some other capacity or project. At this time there is noting planned, but hopefully something will take place in the near future.
And in the last item the Council considered COVID-19 issues and Coronavirus Relief Fund. David had sent attachments to each Council member to look through. The Council will decide at the next meeting if they want to apply for these funds or not.
The Council then went into Executive Session where they met with Denver City Fire Chief Cody Freeman and assistant Fire Chief Martin Enriques concerning the land options.
In the last item a motion was made to pay the regular bills that totaled $134,993.99 and manual checks of $27,959.55. Included in those bills was $20,214.36 for a natural gas transfer.
Council members in attendance included Ronald Weir, Robert Hanneman, Clinton Bowman, Mark Sherman, and Keith Mensch along with Mayor Tommy Hicks. Councilmember Joan Breith was out of town but joined the meeting via Zoom.
The next meeting will be held on Monday, June 1, in the Council chambers starting at 7pm.