City Council voted to replace Alderman JR Decker with local businessman, Dustin McLeod.
Former Alderman Decker tendered his resignation in September, and Council deliberated over who would replace him at the last two Council meetings, but, due to a lack of a full Council, voted each time to table the decision until all members of the Council would be present.
Originally, three Llano citizens submitted letters of interest to the City following the placement of ads in The Llano News calling for volunteers; those three were Gayle Lang, Rich Staley and Dustin McLeod. At last night’s meeting two more letters of interest were presented, adding Ervin Light Jr. and John Ferguson.
Council ultimately voted to appoint Dustin McLeod to the position, which expires in May of 2013. That position will be up for re-election at that time.
Mayor Reagor administered the oath of office, and Alderman McLeod took his seat on the dais.
The consideration of an amendment to Ordinance 735, which would create an overlay district to the SF-1 zoning district on Ford Street was tabled at the last meeting, due to the absence of council members.
According to minutes and supporting data from the City of Llano, public hearings were held on June 28 and August 27, after a dentist sought to purchase property in the district, and it was discovered that medical offices were excluded from the list of special uses allowed under the ordinance.
Since that time, several meetings have been held, and homeowners and property owners were given the opportunity to speak for or against the proposition. Those who spoke in opposition of the overlay district included Judy Winkle Brooks, in an email to the Interim City Manager Linda Kuder, Rich Staley, Ben Wallis III, and Charles Slocumb. All echoed the same concerns; drop in property values, increased traffic, degradation of the area, and a desire to maintain the historic main street.
Those who spoke in support of the change were Kevin Leeper, Deborah Peck and Kim Murray. John Hauser also spoke, saying that he believed if the revision to the ordinance could remove some of the uses currently permitted as well as add the medical and attorney offices, he would be supportive.
Ben Wallis III and Marc Sewell made arguments of the overlay district being spot zoning.
Alderwoman Sherry Simpson stated that the entire ordinance needed to be redone, citing the fact that under the current ordinance, mausoleums, metal buildings, and stables were allowable, as well as other businesses that would be undesirable in a residential neighborhood, and really shouldn’t be. Simpson also expressed a need for the Council to be proactive, anticipating the growth of Llano, and realizing that Ford Street would need a plan so that as Llano does grow, the City is able to better integrate residences with businesses.
After more consideration, the Council voted to amend the ordinance, 4-0, with Tudyk abstaining. The amendment does not guarantee that a medical or attorney office will be opened in the area, but does include the two types on the special uses list and permit may be sought.
Josh Oebel, IT Technician for the City, proposed the purchase and use of iPad for the City Council. Oebel suggested that the City purchase the devices for the Council so that the meeting packets that are currently printed up for each meeting could be accessed electronically. Oebel stated that currently, the City prints 14 packets per meeting, and at a minimum of 24 meetings per year, that amounts to around $3,200 in paper and supply costs, not including the time spent producing them.
Oebel said that iPads would run the City about $479 a piece, costing approximately $2,874, and that they would pay for themselves in one and a half years.
During discussion, it was pointed out that four out of the six people on the Council, including the Mayor already own an iPad, and that most of them currently utilize them to download the packets.
All members of the Council agreed that the matter should be explored more thoroughly, and directed staff to study the options and come up with a plan to implement the delivery of a digital format.
Council is seeking a Llano citizen to serve on the Llano Central Appraisal District Board, and a Water/Wastewater Workshop has been set for November 29 at 5:30pm. The workshop will focus on the disbursement of a $350,000 Disaster Relief Grant received by the City from the Texas Department of Agriculture. The grant has a $87,500 match, and was originally applied for to develop multiple shallow wells at the golf course. The City wishes to consider using the grant instead to finance modifications to the main lift station as well as do repairs to the valves at the water plant.
Mayor Reagor issued proclamations honoring Llano area veterans and the National Champion FFA Meats Judging Team.