Council approved a special use permit to allow a bed and breakfast in an area zoned single family district at 508 Sandstone Street. The property is currently owned by Mike Hazel, who recused himself from any consideration.
The proposed change was opposed by only one neighbor when brought before the Planning and Zoning Committee on June 12. The matter passed unanimously.
Ordinance No. 1217 was passed unanimously, establishing additional regulations to the Council Policy Resolution to the City of Llano Infant Memorial Garden, also known as Babyland.
Promote Llano requested permission to use Badu Park for the period of August 31 to September 2 for the Outdoor Expo that the group will be sponsoring. The event will include several events on the river, live music, vendors and a county fair competition.
The Llano Economic Development Corporation Board was left with an unexpired term left by Doris Messer when she was hired as the Community Development Director. Alderman JR Decker proposed the appointment of Allen Hopson to the board, and all of the aldermen and women voted in favor.
Alderman Decker also recommended that the Council not take any action on fluoridating the city’s water, citing that doing so would not be cost effective or good business practice. Estimates of the cost of doing so would be approximately $1,000 per month, not including testing, with an initial cost of $150,000 for start-up equipment at the water plant.
Council approved a contract between the City and Lansford Company on the construction of five box hangars at the Llano Municipal Airport, which will be funded at 90% through a Federal Aviation Non-Primary Entitlement grant administered by TxDOT.
City Manager Finley deGraffenried told Council that the 4 smaller hangars would be able to hold small private planes and that the larger hangar could potentially be used to house a business or a larger private jet.
The total cost of the project will be approximately $464,970, with 10% of that amount the responsibility of the City, or $47,400. The estimated return on investment is about 2.3 years.
Parking at the 200 Block of East Market Street was discussed, following a request from a business owner who said that parking on that street made it difficult to maneuver trucks to and from his place of business.
The street in question runs between Corner Store Drug and the back of businesses in the Railyard District. Council discussed different options, including closing the street to all parking, restricting parking during the day, allowing parking on only one side of the street, and making the street one-way, or restricting parking on both sides to only 15 minute loading/unloading parking. While no decision was made, the general consensus was that parking should be restricted during the day and then open at night to accommodate night patrons. An ordinance will be developed and brought before Council for consideration at a later date.
deGraffenried reported to council that a workshop is scheduled for June 25 to discuss and provide direction on water supply projects and to review drainage projects and funding options.
He also gave an update on the activity of the Sign Ordinance committee, which met June 15 to review issues relating to not only electronic signs but also permitting, size, temporary signs and off-premise signs.
Council recently approved a moratorium on electronic signs for a period of 60 days and the committee must develop an updated ordinance before that time expires.
Public comments were heard from Mary Jo Needham, requesting that the city address the issue of the lack of sidewalks in town, specifically the stretch of CR 152 from the apartments to the square. She said that the lack of sidewalks is not safe for pedestrians and that the problem is growing worse everyday.
Bill Mitchell spoke in regard to the drainage problems addressed at the last Council meeting, saying that he has experienced some of those problems at his residence and asked that it be addressed along with the other drainage issues.
John Ferguson addressed the council regarding the illegal posting of garage sale signs on light posts and the fact that they are not removed, leaving corners in the city looking trashy.
The next City Council meeting will be a workshop on June 25.