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[CALL TO ORDER]

[00:00:05]

>> I NOW CALL THE ABILENE CITY COUNCIL TO ORDER.

IT IS A BEAUTIFUL THURSDAY MORNING.

WE HAVE SOME VERY SPECIAL GUESTS I WILL INTRODUCE IN JUST A

[INVOCATION]

MINUTE. BEFORE THAT, COUNCILMEMBER

MCALISTER. >> DEARLY BELOVED FATHER, WE COME BEFORE YOU THIS MORNING, IT IS A BEAUTIFUL DAY OUTSIDE, WE ARE SO THANKFUL FOR THE CHANGE IN THE SEASONS.

WE PRAY THAT YOU WILL BE WITH US THIS MORNING AS WE MAKE DECISIONS ABOUT OUR CITY. WE KNOW THAT WE ARE INSTRUCTED TO PRAY FOR OUR LEADERS, WE HERE APPRECIATE THE PRAYERS THAT COME FOR US, BUT WE ALSO PRAY FOR OUR LEADERS IN AUSTIN AND WASHINGTON, THAT THEY WILL MAKE GOOD DECISIONS.

WE THANK YOU FOR THE FOLKS WHO PROTECT US 24/7, DAY AND NIGHT.

OUR FIRST RESPONDERS, OUR MEDICAL STAFF, EVERYONE THAT IS SO SELFLESSLY SERVING US. GOD, THERE'S A LOT OF PANIC IN THE WORLD TODAY, AND WE JUST ASK FOR PEACE AND PATIENCE, AND JUST CALMNESS IN ALL OF THIS, AND HELP US TO ALWAYS REMEMBER THAT NO MATTER WHAT HAPPENS, YOU ARE IN CONTROL, AND THAT YOU WILL TAKE CARE OF US. WE THANK YOU FOR EVERYTHING THAT WE HAVE, IN CHRIST WE PL PRAY, AMEN.

>> I MENTIONED SOME VERY SPECIAL GUESTS AND THEY ARE INDEED SPECIAL. SO WE HAVE JACKSON RICHARDSON WITH US AND ALSO SOPHIA. JACKSON IS A THIRD GRADER AND SOPHIA IS A SECOND GRADER AND THEY'RE VERY, VERY TALENTED.

JACKSON IS AT THE TOP OF HIS CLASS.

HIS MOTHER, KAITLIN, SHE'S VERY PROUD, TOP OF HIS CLASS, BY THE WAY. ROUND OF APPLAUSE FOR THEM? LUBBOCK LAST WEEK TO AUDITION FOR DISNEY.

SHE DID SO WELL, SHE'S BEING FLOWN TO LOS ANGELES THIS SUMMER, SO WE MAY SEE HER ON THE BIG SCREEN.

SO GIVE HER A ROUND OF APPLAUSE.

[PLEDGE TO THE UNITED STATES FLAG AND THE TEXAS FLAG]

THEY WILL PROVIDE US WITH THE PLEDGES ON THIS MORNING.

>> I PLEDGE ALLEGIANCE TO THE FLAG OF THE UNITED STATES OF AMERICA AND TO THE REPUBLIC FOR WHICH IT STANDS ONE NATION UNDER GOD, INDIVISIBLE, WITH LIBERTY

AND JUSTICE FOR ALL. >> NOW THE TEXAS FLAG.

HONOR THE TEXAS FLAG I PLEDGE ALLEGIANCE TO THEE TEXAS ONE STATE UNDER GOD

ONE AND INDIVISIBLE. >> I WANT TO INVITE CHIEF FREIDA

[PRESENTATIONS, RECOGNITIONS, PROCLAMATIONS AND ANNOUNCEMENTS]

TO COME DOWN AND HE'S GOING TO MAKE A VERY SPECIAL PRESENTATION ON THIS MORNING. CHIEF FREIDA IS THE POLICE CHIEF OF SWEETWATER, BUT ALSO HAS SERVED AS A LEADER IN HIS INDUSTRY. SO ALLOW YOU TO MAKE ANY COMMENTS AND ALSO PRESENT THE AWARD TODAY, CHIEF.

>> THANK YOU VERY MUCH, MR. MAYOR.

COUNCILMEMBERS AND MR. HANNA, I WANT TO THANK YOU Y'ALL FOR ALLOWING ME TO BE WITH YOU HERE THIS MORNING.

AS YOU MENTIONED, MY NAME IS BRIAN FREIDA, I AM THE CHIEF OF POLICE FOR SWEETWATER, PAST PRESIDENT OF THE TEXAS POLICE CHIEFS ASSOCIATION AND CONTINUE TO BE A MEMBER OF THAT ASSOCIATION. TODAY I'M HERE TO REPRESENT THE -- I'M SORRY WE'RE A LITTLE BEHIND THIS MORNING, WE HAD AN

ISSUE AT THE HOUSE. >> YOU'RE GOOD, CHIEF.

>> IT NEVER FAILS WHEN YOU'RE TRYING TO GET A 17-YEAR-OLD AND A 13-YEAR-OLD OFF TO SCHOOL. I'M HERE TO REPRESENT THE TEXAS POLICE CHIEFS ASSOCIATION AND THE FOUNDATION, AND THE FOUNDATION RUNS WHAT WE CALL THE BEST PRACTICES PROGRAM.

SELF YEARS AGO, WHILE RETIRED CHIEF MARTIN WAS MOVING UP THROUGH THE RANKS, HE WAS INSTRUMENTAL IN DEVELOPING THIS PROGRAM AS WELL. IN YOUR VARIOUS WALKS OF LIFE, YOU MAY HAVE ENCOUNTERED SOME OTHER TYPES OF ACCREDITATION

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PROGRAMS FOR HOSPITALS, SCHOOLS, UNIVERSITIES, THINGS OF THAT NATURE, AND THIS PROGRAM IS MUCH LIKE THAT.

WE'RE REQUIRED TO MEET PROOFS OF COMPLIANCE AND PROFESSIONAL STANDARDS, AND LIKE I SAID, OUR PROGRAM IS MUCH LIKE THAT.

OUR STANDARDS, THERE ARE 168 PROFESSIONAL STANDARDS THAT HAVE TO BE MET, AND WITH THOSE, YOU HAVE TO MAINTAIN THE PROOF OF COMPLIANCE WITH THAT, AND EVERY YEAR, YOU HAVE TO SUBMIT ANNUAL REPORTS AND AUDITS SHOWING THAT YOU ARE MAINTAINING THOSE HIGH STANDARDS. THESE STANDARDS COVER PARTICULAR ISSUES SUCH AS USE OF FORCE, VEHICLE P PURSUITS, PROTECTION F CITIZENS RIGHTS, PATROL AND CID OPERATIONS.

I'M VERY PROUD TO SAY THAT THIS PROGRAM HAS BECOME TO BE KNOWN ACROSS THE STATE AS THE GOLD STANDARD.

NOT ONLY IN THIS STATE BUT IT HAS SPREAD ACROSS THE NATION.

THERE ARE OTHER STATES THAT ARE LOOKING TO TEXAS IN THIS PRO PROGRAM. IT WAS APPROXIMATELY EIGHT YEARS AGO WHEN THE CITY OF ABILENE POLICE DEPARTMENT HAD ITS FIRST ON-SITE ASSESSMENT DONE, AND IRONICALLY ENOUGH, I I WAS ONE OF THOSE ASSESSORS EIGHT YEARS AGO.

I FOUND THE ABILENE POLICE DEPARTMENT TO BE VERY PROFESSIONAL, VERY SQUARED AWAY AND REALLY MOVING, YOU KNOW, ELEVATING THE EXPECTATIONS OF PROFESSIONAL POLICE SERVICES IN YOUR COMMUNITY. AND I WAS VERY HONORED TO BE THE ONE TO WRITE THE LETTER RECOMMENDING THE ABILENE POLICE DEPARTMENT TO MEET ITS FIRST RECOGNIZED STATUS. THIS IS NOT AN EASY FEAT.

THIS REQUIRES A LOT OF LABOR ON BEHALF OF THE MEN AND WOMEN OF YOUR POLICE DEPARTMENT. IT DOESN'T MAKE ANY DIFFERENCE THE SIZE, IT'S ALL RELATIVE. IT'S EQUALLY DIFFICULT TO ACHIEVE THIS. AND IT REQUIRES A SIGNIFICANT COMMITMENT. THERE ARE NUMEROUS REPORTS WE HAVE TO DO EVERY YEAR, LIKE I MENTIONED EARLIER, AND ATTENTION TO THOSE -- IF YOU MISS ANY OF THOSE AND DON'T MEET THOSE DEADLINES, YOU DO NOT KEEP YOUR STATUS.

YOU LOSE IT. SO WE STRIVE TO MAINTAIN THAT, AND IT'S JUST -- I CAN'T BEGIN TO EXPLAIN TO YOU JUST HOW STRENUOUS THIS IS. WHEN THE ASSESSORS COME IN, THEY COME IN AND THEY INTERVIEW YOUR STAFF, THEY TALK TO PEOPLE IN THE COMMUNITY WHILE WE'RE STAYING IN THE COMMUNITY AT THE MOTELS, WHEN WE GO OUT AND EAT DINNER, BREAKFAST, AND THEN WE DO RIDE-ALONGS, AND WE WATCH HOW YOUR OFFICERS INTERACT WITH YOUR COMMUNITY MEMBERS, YOUR STAKEHOLDERS.

AND I CURRENTLY SERVE ON THE COMMITTEE FOR THE RECOGNITION PROGRAM, SO EVERY ON-SITE THAT'S DONE ACROSS THE ENTIRE STATE OF TEXAS, I REVIEW THOSE WITH MY OTHER COMMITTEE MEMBERS.

AND WHAT I'VE FOUND IN THIS LATEST REPORT, I HAD TO DO A LITTLE DIGGING BECAUSE I ALWAYS TRY TO FIND AN OPPORTUNITY TO DIG CHIEF STANDARDS A LITTLE BIT BECAUSE WE GO BACK AND FORTH AND TALK QUITE FREQUENTLY. AND WHAT I WAS SO IMPRESSED AND PLEASED TO FIND WAS THAT THESE ASSESSORS FROM ACROSS THE STATE WERE SO TAKEN ABACK BY THE EFFICIENCY AND THE PROFESSIONALISM THAT THEY FOUND IN YOUR POLICE DEPARTMENT.

THEY SAID IT WAS ONE OF THE EASIEST ON-SITES THEY'VE EVER UNDERTAKEN. WE USUALLY FIND SOMETHING TO KICKBACK, SOMETHING THAT NEEDS A LITTLE TWEAKING IN A POLICY OR PROCEDURE OR A PROOF. NONE.

THEY SAID THE STAFF WAS VERY PROFESSIONAL AND THEY WERE VERY IMPRESSED WITH THE MEASURES THAT THE DEPARTMENT HAS TAKEN IN THEIR TRAINING STANDARDS. SO I'M GOING TO PUT YOU OUT OF YOUR MISERY OF LISTENING TO ME RAMBLE ON ANY LONGER, BUT -- MUCH LONGER, BUT THE THING YOU NEED TO KNOW IS IF THERE'S SOME 2400 LAW ENFORCEMENT AGENCIES ACROSS THE STATE OF TEXAS, IN TOTALITY, SHERIFF'S DEPARTMENT, PD, CONSTABLES.

THERE ARE ONLY 165 RECOGNIZED AGENCIES ACROSS THE STATE.

AND OF THAT, AND SINCE THEN, THERE ARE ADDITIONAL 90 THAT HAVE MAINTAINED THEMSELVES TO MAINTAIN THE RE RE-RECOGNIZED STATS. SO I THINK THAT SPEAKS HIGHLY OF YOUR DEPARTMENT AND COMMITMENT OF YOUR STAFF AND THE COMMITMENT TO YOUR COMMUNITY THAT THIS DEPARTMENT HAS.

AND SO I'M HONORED TO BE HERE TODAY TO PRESENT CHIEF STANDARDS

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WITH THE RE-RECOGNITION CERTIFICATE, AND CHIEF, COULD YOU PLEASE COME UP? YOU REALLY NEED TO DO SOMETHING

ABOUT YOUR TRAFFIC LIGHTS. >> THIS IS CHIEF FREIDA.

SO 2400 DIFFERENT LAW ENFORCEMENT AGENCIES ACROSS THE STATE, ONLY 90 HAVE RE-CERTIFIED, IS THAT WAY HEAR

YOU SAY? >> YES, SIR.

>> THAT'S A PRETTY GOOD -- CHIEF STANDRIDGE.

LET'S GIVE THEM A ROUND OF APPLAUSE.

GLL WE RECENTLY -- FOUR YEARS AGO, WE HAD OUR FIRST SHERIFF'S DEPARTMENT THAT ACHIEVED RECOGNIZED STATUS AND THEY JUST RE-RECOGNIZED. AND SO THIS PROGRAM IS SPREADING, NOT ONLY MUNICIPALITIES BUT IT IS SPREADING TO CONSTABLES OFFICES AND IT'S SPREADING TO THE SHERIFF'S DEPARTMENTS AS WELL. CHIEF MARTIN DURING HIS TENURE AND WHILE HE WAS GOING THROUGH THE RANKS OF TPCA WAS INSTRUMENTAL IN THIS PROGRAM AND WE WILL NOT -- I CAN'T EVEN BEGIN TO SHARE WITH YOU THE INPUT AND THE WAY THAT CHIEF STANDRIDGE PUSHES US TO CONTINUE TO PRODUCE AND PUSH OUT BEST PRACTICES ACROSS THE STATE. I MEAN, IT'S -- HE DOES Y'ALL PROUD. HE REALLY DOES.

HE REPRESENTS YOU WELL. >> AND CHIEF, THERE IS A LITTLE PHOTO OP RIGHT BEHIND YOU TOO, YOU WANT TO TAKE ADVANTAGE OF THAT. DO YOU WANT TO SAY ANYTHING, CHIEF STANDRIDGE? THANK YOU FOR YOUR SERVICE.

COUNCILMAN, IS REALLY LEADING THE EFFORT FOR THE CENSUS AND I THINK JAY WILL TELL YOU THAT EVERY HEAD COUNTED REPRESENTS ABOUT A THOUSAND DOLLARS FOR THIS COMMUNITY.

SO SOME ENCOURAGING THINGS TO HELP US REPORT WELL?

>> ABSOLUTELY. AND I'LL PREEMPT THE BARBECUE CONVERSATION THAT'S SURE TO TAKE PLACE SOON.

I'M JAY HARDAWAY AND I REPRESENT ABILENE CENSUS 2020, WHICH IS A PARTNERSHIP BETWEEN THE CITY OF ABILENE, THE ABILENE CHAMBER AND THE DEVELOPMENT CORPORATION OF ABILENE.

TODAY IS ACTUALLY THE FIRST DAY THAT YOU'LL BE ABLE TO FILL OUT YOUR CENSUS ONLINE, AND IN THESE TIMES OF PUBLIC CONCERN ABOUT BIG GATHERINGS AND THINGS LIKE THAT, WE WOULD ENCOURAGE YOU TO FILL OUT YOUR CENSUS ONLINE. OVER THE NEXT FEW MONTHS BETWEEN NOW AND JULY 31ST, IT'S CENSUS TIME ALL OVER THE NATION AND IN ABILENE, TEXAS, AND SO WE'LL BE UPDATING YOU ABOUT ONCE A MONTH HOPEFULLY AT THESE MEETINGS ABOUT HOW OUR COMMUNITY IS PROGRESSING. WE HAVE A LOT OF PEOPLE TO GET COUNTED AND AS THE MAYOR MENTIONED, THAT'S MONEY, THAT'S BILLIONS OF DOLLARS IN FEDERAL MONEY THAT'S APPORTIONED USING CENSUS DATA EVERY YEAR. AND SO IT'S AN IMPORTANT EFFORT, AND I WANT TO THANK EVERYBODY IN OUR PARTNER AGENCIES AND SPECIFICALLY I'LL GIVE A SHOUT OUT TO MARI, WHO REPRESENTS OUR COMPLETE COUNT COMMITTEE. WE ARE STILL IN NEED TO HIRE CENSUS TAKERS. PAYS $18 AN HOUR PLUS MILEAGE REIMBURSEMENT. SO IF YOU'VE GOT ANY WAYWARD COLLEGE KIDS OR ANYTHING LIKE THAT THAT NEED SOMETHING TO DO, IT'S A GREAT OPPORTUNITY. AND THANK YOU SO MUCH, MAYOR WILLIAMS. I REALLY APPRECIATE IT.

>> THANK YOU FOR YOUR WORK. WE'RE GOING TO RECOGNIZE SOME EMPLOYEES WHO HAVE SERVED FOR A LONG TIME, ALL ARE VERY SPECIAL, AND WE'LL TALK ABOUT BARBECUE IN A BIT, JAY, BECAUSE WE DO HAVE, AMONG US, ABILENE'S SECOND BEST BARBECUERS.

WE'LL SAY SOMETHING ABOUT THAT IN JUST A SECOND.

>> I HEARD HE MAKES THE BEST BRISKET IN TOWN, THOUGH.

SUZANNE SHAHAN? SO SUZANNE WAS HIRED ON MARCH 14TH OF 2000 AS AN ADMINISTRATIVE CLERK FOR SOLID WASTE SERVICES, AND OVER THE NEXT 20 YEARS, SHE HAS HAD SEVERAL TIE TEMS AND WORKED HER WAY UP TO A SUPERVISOR 1 AND OFFICE MANAGER FOR SOLID WASTE. SHE MANAGES THE OFFICE AND PERSONAL OPERATIONS AS WELL AS THE RATES, BILLING, COMPUTER

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PROGRAMS, CUSTOMER SERVICE, WHATEVER ELSE WE ASK HER TO DO, SUZANNE IS VERY GOOD AT HER JOB. SHE ALSO HAS SERVED ON SEVERAL COMMITTEES FOR THE CITY, THE WELLNESS COMMITTEE, THE CITY OF ABILENE WOMEN'S HISTORY LUNCHEON WHICH SHE ACTED AS CHAIR AND WAS AN ACTIVE PARTICIPANT IN THE CITY OF ABILENE'S LEADERSHIP ACADEMY. SUZANNE HAS BEEN MARRIED TO HER HUSBAND DAVID FOR 22 YEARS, THEY HAVE SIX CHILDREN.

HANNA IS A FANTASTIC NAME. AND D.J.

SHE ALSO HAS SIX GRANDCHILDREN. WHEN SUZANNE IS NOT WORKING, SHE ENJOYS CRAFTING, WORKING IN HER YARD AND GARDENING OR SPENDING TIME OUTDOORS WITH HER FAMILY. SUZANNE IS A VERY FAMILY-ORIENTED PERSON. TODAY WE CONGRATULATE HER ON 20 YEARS OF SERVICE AND I HOPE SHE'S WITH US FOR 20 MORE.

CITY COUNSELORS COMMUNICATING OUR APPRECIATION FOR YOU AND YOUR SERVICE. YOU HAVE AN ENVELOPE THAT IN A SMALL WAY MONETIZES AN OPPORTUNITY TO SAY THANK YOU, A COIN FROM THE CITY MANAGER. BUT ANYBODY WANT TO RECOGNIZE ON

THIS MORNING? >> YES.

MY HUSBAND, MY DAUGHTER HANNA, ONLY ONE OF THEM WAS ABLE TO

COME, MY PARENTS ARE HERE. >> LET'S GIVE THEM A ROUND OF APPLAUSE.

>> I WANT TO SAY THANK YOU TO EVERYBODY I'VE WORKED WITH.

WE'RE A TEAM AT SOLID WASTE. I COUNTED YESTERDAY.

I'VE WORKED WITH A TOTAL OF 370 PEOPLE SINCE I STARTED WITH THE CITY. WE HAVE LARGE TURNOVER.

WE'VE GOT A REALLY GREAT CREW. WE'RE ABLE TO MAINTAIN A LOT MORE NOW. MY BOSSES ARE GREAT, THEY TREAT ME WELL. THEY DON'T THINK I THINK THAT ALL THE TIME, BUT -- MY CO-WORKERS ARE GREAT.

A FEW ARE HERE. I'M GLAD THEY'RE ABLE TO MAKE IT, AS BUSY AS WE'VE BEEN. WE'VE GOT A FEW THAT ARE WATCHING BECAUSE THEY CAN'T MAKE IT.

I APPRECIATE EVERYBODY AND I'M VERY THANKFUL TO HAVE THIS JOB

AND VERY BLESSED. >> THANK YOU.

>> ALL RIGHT. DANNY BLANKENSHIP BEGAN WITH THE ABILENE POLICE ACADEMY IN MARCH OF 1985.

THEN UPON GRADUATING IN JULY, HE WAS ASSIGNED TO THE PATROL DIVISION AT THAT TIME IT WAS ROTATING SHIFTS.

HE SERVED THERE FOR THE NEXT FIVE YEARS, PERFORMING THE BASIC PATROL DUTIES OF RESPONDING TO CRIMES AND DISTURBANCES IN PROGRESS AS WELL AS RELATED FOLLOW-UP INVESTIGATION, ACCIDENT INVESTIGATIONS, AND GENERAL ENFORCEMENT.

HE TRANSFERRED TO THE DEPARTMENT OF COMMUNITY SERVICES DIVISION, A NOW DEFUNCT DIVISION, ASSIGNED AS A CRIME PREVENTION OFFICER IN 1990 -- I'M NOT SURE WHO WRITES THESE.

HE SERVED THERE FOR EIGHT YEARS, PERFORMING DUTIES SUCH AS RESIDENTIAL AND COMMERCIAL SECURITY, CHECK SURVEYS OVERSEEING THE NEIGHBORHOOD WATCH PROGRAM, ASSISTING WITH THE CRIMESTOPPERS PROGRAM AND PRESENTING VARIOUS CRIME PREVENTION EDUCATIONAL PROGRAMS TO SCHOOLS AND COMMUNITY SERVICES GROUPS. THIS SOUNDS LIKE IT SHOULDN'T BE A DEFUNCT DIVISION, CHIEF. IN 1998, HE TRANSFERRED BACK TO THE PATROL DIVISION. HE'S CURRENTLY ASSIGNED TO PATROL COMPANY A. HE'S BEEN NAMED OFFICER OF THE QUARTER TWICE IN HIS CAREER AND IN 2015 WAS NAMED UNIFORMED OFFICER OF THE YEAR. TODAY WE CONGRATULATE 35 YEARS OF SERVICE TO THE CITIZENS OF ABILENE.

DANNY, THANK YOU FOR YOUR CONTRIBUTIONS.

AGAIN THE COUNCIL HAS A PLAQUE FOR YOU TO HANG WHERE YOU THINK IT'S APPROPRIATE. THERE IS A COIN FROM THE CITY MANAGER AND AGAIN, A 35-YEAR ENVELOPE THAT COMMUNICATES OUR APPRECIATION FOR YOU. ANYBODY YOU WANT TO RECOGNIZE

THIS MORNING, DAN? >> ABSOLUTELY.

FIRST I'LL START WITH MY LOVELY WIFE TAMMY.

NEXT, MY MOTHER-IN-LAW, TIPPY KIRK.

ALSO MY DAUGHTER, TANA MCCARDY, HER HUSBAND MATT, AND I'D ALSO LIKE TO RECOGNIZE MATT'S MOTHER, LINDA PRYOR, WHO'S NEW TO ABILENE IN THE LAST YEAR OR SO. MOVED HERE FROM THE AUSTIN AREA, FROM GEORGETOWN. PROBABLY BECAUSE OF THE NEXT GUEST I'D LIKE TO INTRODUCE, VERY SPECIAL GUEST HERE TODAY, OUR FIRST GRANDCHILD, MS. ELLIE MCCARDY.

KNOW NOW WHY GRANDPARENTS ACT THE WAY THEY DO.

GOSH, 35 YEARS HAS BEEN -- IT'S BEEN A WHILE.

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I'M PROUD TO SERVE IN THIS DEPARTMENT.

IT'S A FANTASTIC DEPARTMENT TO WORK FOR, SPECIAL MEN AND WOMEN ALL AROUND. I'VE SEEN LOTS OF THINGS OVER THE YEARS, BUT MADE IT THROUGH WITH THE GOOD LORD'S HELP AND HOPEFULLY GET IT THROUGH A FEW MORE MONTHS.

REALLY PROUD ALSO TO STAND UP HERE TODAY WITH MY GOOD FRIEND WILLIE FORD, ACADEMY MATE. WE HAD A FANTASTIC ACADEMY.

ONE OF THE THINGS I'M TRULY PROUD OF IN MY CAREER.

WE HAD A SMALL GROUP BUT VERY CLOSE KNIT, SIMILAR BACKGROUNDS.

I WISH MORE OF THEM COULD BE HERE TODAY.

SOME HAVE MOVED ON TO OTHER THINGS AND UNFORTUNATELY SOME ARE NOT WITH US ANYMORE, BUT VERY PROUD TO HAVE BEEN A MEMBER OF THE CLASS OF 31, AND I GUESS THAT'S ABOUT IT.

COME ON UP. WILL FORD JOINED APD IN MARCH OF 1985 AS A PART OF CLASS 31, AND AFTER COMPLETING THE ACADEMY, HE SERVED ON PATROL FOR 14 YEARS. WILL TRANSFERRED TO THE CRIMINAL INVESTIGATION DWI VISION IN 1999, WHERE HE SERVED AS AN INVESTIGATOR FOR 12 YEARS. IN 2010, WILL PROMOTED TO THE RANK OF SERGEANT AND HE HAS SERVED AS PATROL SUPERVISOR FOR FOUR YEARS, AND WILL TRANSFERRED BACK TO C IDS PERSON UNIT IN 2014, WHERE HE CURRENTLY SERVES. WILL IS FROM THE BIG CITY OF STANFORD. HE WAS -- WHERE HE HAS RAISED -- WHERE HE WAS ONCE RAISED WITH SIX SIBLINGS.

HE AND HIS WIFE MARIE HAVE BEEN MARRIED FOR 17 YEARS AND THEY HAVE SEVEN CHILDREN TOGETHER. WILL IS PAWPAW TO 11 GRANDCHILDREN WITH A TWELGT ON 12TH ON THEWAY.

HE'S LIKE ABRAHAM.

WILL SERVES AS A DEACON AT MOUNT ZION FIRST BAPTIST CHURCH, HE ALSO SERVES AS A YOUTH LEADER ALONG WITH HIS WIFE.

IN HIS SPARE TIME, WILL WORKS WITH HIS WIFE MARIE ON THEIR FOOD TRUCK, BLACK CATS, BLUES AND BARBECUES, WAS ALSO AN AVID DOMINO PLAYER AS EVIDENCED BY THE GOLD MEA DAL HE WON AT LAST YEAR'S TEXAS POLICE GAMES. IT SHOULD ALSO BE NOTED THAT HE FREQUENTLY BEATS THE MAYOR ON DOMINO TABLE.

MAYOR WILLIAMS' TOO. >> SERGEANT FORD HOPES TO RETIRE IN THE NEAR FUTURE, AFTER WHICH HE PLANS TO WORK FULL TIME ON HIS FOOD TRUCK AND HE HOPES TO DO SOME VOLUNTEER WORK IN THE COMMUNITY. WILL, I JUST WANT TO SAY THANK YOU FOR 35 YEARS OF SERVICE. I APPRECIATE THE SACRIFICE YOU'VE GIVEN AND I APPRECIATE THE SACRIFICE YOUR FAMILY IS MADE AND I'M PROUD TO WORK WITH YOU.

BUT IT IS AN ELECTION YEAR SO I WILL NOT SAY SOME OF THOSE THINGS. I WILL SAY THIS, IF WILL WAS TO BRING ALL OF HIS CHILDREN AND GRANDCHILDREN, WE MAY HAVE TO BRING STADIUM CITY INTO THE COUNCIL CHAMBERS.

BUT WILL IS A GOOD MAN. PROBABLY MY BEST FRIEND.

I LOVE THIS GUY. LOVE HIS FAMILY.

I THINK YOU AND DANNY EMBODY WHAT OUR POLICE DEPARTMENT IS: MEN AND WOMEN OF INTEGRITY WHO PROTECT AND SERVE AND DO IT IN A WAY THAT IS EXCELLENT. THANK YOU, AND THANK YOU, DANNY, FOR YOUR SERVICE, AND WHAT YOU DO FOR OUR COMMUNITY.

SO ANYTHING YOU WANT TO SAY, BALL AND SHOCK COLLAR?

>> FIRST I WANT TO SAY IT'S TO HIM EXCEEDINGLY AND ABUNDANTLY ABOVE ALL THAT I CAN ASK A THING, SO I'M MOST THANKFUL TO HIM. HE GIVES ME THE LONGEVITY.

MY WIFE, MARIE, MY DAUGHTERS, MY GRANDDAUGHTER ADDISON, THEY'RE HERE. MY SISTER, EVA AND HER HUSBAND CALVIN. CAN YOU ALL STAND UP? THIS IS MY FAMILY WHO'S HERE AND I'M GRATEFUL TO THEM FOR THIS.

COMMUNITY, GREAT SUPPORT, REVEREND ISAIAH LANGFORD IS HERE. MY BOSSES, CHIEF STANDRIDGE, MARK WATSON, ASSISTANT CHIEF -- RICHY WAGNER -- DANIEL, THANK

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YOU ALL FOR BEING HEERL. I WOULD JUST SAY THAT, MAN, I WANT TO GIVE THANKS TO OUR CITY GOVERNMENT.

AND I'LL TELL YOU SOMETHING I JUST HEARD, WHERE I LIVED, IT ISN'T ALWAYS GOOD LIKE IT IS NOW.

THE RELATIONSHIP BETWEEN THE POLICE DEPARTMENT AND THE CITY ADMINISTRATION IS LIKE IT HAS NEVER BEEN.

IT WAS CERTAINLY NOT LIKE THAT WHEN I CAME HERE IN THE 80S, SO THANKS TO THE MAYOR, TO THE CITY MANAGER, THE COUNCIL.

WE APPRECIATE IT, THE POLICE DEPARTMENT APPRECIATES THE SUPPORT THAT YOU GIVE THE POLICE DEPARTMENT.

I'VE ALSO WORKED FOR -- HAD THE PRIVILEGE TO WORK FOR FOUR POLICE CHIEFS, AND THE -- STANDS HERE ABOVE ALL.

CHIEF STANDRIDGE IS A MAN OF INTEGRITY, A MAN OF GOD, AND HE'S LED OUR POLICE DEPARTMENT THE PAST 10 YEARS TO A LEVEL OF PROFESSIONALISM, AND ONE OF THE EXAMPLES OF THAT CAME IN THE PRESENTATION THIS MORNING. SO THANK YOU, CHIEF STAN, OUR POLICE ADMINISTRATION, AND TO THE COMMUNITY OF ABILENE, THIS HAS BEEN A GREAT PLACE TO WORK. ABILENE IS A PRETTY EASY PLACE TO WORK BECAUSE THE COMMUNITY SUPPORTS OUR POLICE DEPARTMENT.

SO I'M THANKFUL AND GRATEFUL FOR 35 YEARS, AND WE'LL SEE HOW MANY MORE WE'RE GONNA DO. THANK YOU.

THE DOMINO TABLE AND THE BARBECUE PIT IS REALLY PAYING OFF. I WANT TO MAKE JUST A BRIEF STATEMENT ABOUT CORONAVIRUS AND ABOUT HOW WE RESPONDED, SO JUST SO YOU'LL KNOW, OUR COMMUNITY KNOWS, OVER THE LAST SEVERAL WEEKS, THE LAST THREE WEEKS, I H US ON THIS MORNING BUT SHE'S HAD A DAILY PHONE CALL BRIEFING WITH THE STATE, WITH THE CDC TALKING AND SHARING INFORMATION. THERE HAVE BEEN CONVERSATIONS WE'VE HAD WITH ALL THREE UNIVERSITIES, OUR SCHOOL DISTRICTS. THERE'S MEETINGS HAPPENING TODAY, AND SO WITH ALMOST 10,000 COLLEGE STUDENTS, WITH DAIS AIR FORCE BASE, WITH I-20, ABILENE IS AT RISK, BUT YOU SHOULD KNOW THERE ARE MEN AND WOMEN IN OUR COMMUNITY THAT ARE WORKING IN A WAY THAT IF SOMETHING DOES OCCUR, THAT WE REACT IN A VERY APPROPRIATE WAY. THERE HAVE BEEN THREE OF OUR NEIGHBORS WHO HAVE SELF-REPORTED TO QUARANTINE.

THERE HAVE BEEN NO CONFIRMED CASES OF THE VIRUS IN OUR COMMUNITY. IF ONE DOES OCCUR, YOU'LL BE NOTIFIED AND AGAIN, WE WILL ACT IN A VERY APPROPRIATE WAY IN RESPONSE TO THAT. I WOULD JUST ENCOURAGE YOU TO BE SMART. WASH YOUR HANDS, AVOID CLOSE CONTACT. THE GUIDELINES CDC IS PROVIDING FOR US. DON'T KNOW WHAT THIS MAY LOOK LIKE, BUT WE WANT TO BE SURE THAT YOU KNEW THEY'RE WORKING TOWARDS BEING ABLE TO ADDRESS IF WE HAVE TO.

THANK YOU. >> WE'LL NOW MOVE TO THE CONSENT

[CONSENT AGENDA]

AGENDA, CONSISTING OF ITEMS 4 THROUGH ITEM 14.

ALL ITEMS LISTED ON CONSENT AGENDA WILL BE CONSIDERED WITH ONE MOTION, AND THERE WILL BE NO SEPARATE DISCUSSION UNLESS A COUNCILMEMBER OR A CITIZEN REQUEST WANTS DISCUSSION.

>> NUMBER 11. DOES ANY CITIZEN WANT TO LOOK AT ANYTHING SEPARATE ON THE CONSENT AGENDA, ITEMS 4 THROUGH ITEM 14?

>> MAYOR, I HAVE A CARD FOR MR. DAVID SWART FOR ITEM 5.

OF >> ANYONE ELSE THAT WOULD LIKE TO PULL ANYTHING ON THE CONSENT AGENDA? I'LL TAKE A MOTION FOR ITEMS 4 THROUGH 14 WITH THE EXCEPTION OF ITEM NUMBER 5 AND ITEM NUMBER 11.

>> SO MOVED. >> MOTION BY COUNCILMEMBER HURT AND A SECOND BY COUNCILWOMAN ALBUS.

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WE'RE READY TO VOTE. >> MOTION CARRIES.

[5. Resolution: Receive a Report, Hold a Discussion and Take Action to Approve the Purchase of Two (2) BrushWildland Fire Fighting Vehicles (Cande Flores)]

>> MS. SWART, ITEM 5, WOULD YOU COME TO THE PODIUM, PLEASE?

>> GOOD MORNING, COUNCIL, FOR LETTING ME SPEAK ON THIS TODAY.

BEFORE YOU IS A PURCHASE OF ADDITIONAL FIREFIGHTING APPARATUSES, TWO BRUSH TRUCKS, AND WE'RE BUYING BIGCOUNTRY.

THAT IS A WONDERFUL THING AND YOU CANNOT SAY ENOUGH GREAT THINGS ABOUT OUR ABILENE FIREFIGHTERS.

I JUST WANT TO CLARIFY A FEW THINGS ON HERE.

THE PICTURES ON THE PRESENTATION SHOW A DODGE TRUCK.

IT LOOKS KIND OF LIKE A PICKUP. BUT IT SAID IN THE PRESENTATION PACKET THAT IT WOULD BE STATIONED AT ALL STATIONS.

WELL, THAT BRINGS UP THE FIRST MATTER IS, YOU WOULD HAVE TO HAVE ADDITIONAL PERSONNEL OBVIOUSLY FOR THESE ADDITIONAL TWO TRUCKS. THE OTHER ONES, THEY SAID THERE ARE SIX ALREADY. SOME OF THOSE IF NOT ALL ARE WHAT WE WOULD CALL IN THE MILITARY A DEUCE AND A HALF, THEY'RE QUITE A BIT LARGER THAN THE ONES THAT WE HAVE PICTURED ON THIS. BUT THIS TRUCK, IF YOU EVER WATCHED ANY TV SERIES BACK IN THE DAY THAT'S A DODGE THAT'S SIMILAR TO THE OLD TV SERIES WHERE THEY HAD AN EMERGENCY SQUAD CALLED SQUAD 51, WITH JOHN GAUGE AND ROY DE SOTO.

IT'S SIMILAR TO THAT, OF COURSE THAT HAS A TANK ON THE BACK, BUT THE MAIN POINTS I WANT TO MAKE ABOUT THAT IS, THIS IS A TOTAL OUT THE DOOR PRICE, BECAUSE THEIR COUNTERPARTS AT PD, THEY PAID EXTRA TO UPFIT THE VEHICLE SEPARATELY BECAUSE THEY DIDN'T WANT TO BURDEN THE RADIO SHOP AND THEIR MECHANIC FOR DOING THAT, SO THIS $185,000, DOES THAT INCLUDE -- ARE THEY GOING TO INSTALL THE RADIO SYSTEM AND IF THEY HAVE MOBILE DATA COMPUTERS, THEY'RE GOING TO DO THAT IN HASKELL OR ARE THEY GOING TO COME BACK HERE AND FARM IT OUT? AND THE TRANSPORT, ARE THEY GOING TO TRANSPORT THEM BY TRANSPORT ABILENE FROM THE FACTORY IN HASKELL, OR ARE THEY GOING TO HAVE TO BE DRIVEN BACK BY EITHER CITY PEOPLE OR THEIR PEOPLE? AND IT SAID AGAIN LIKE IT SAID IN THE PRESENTATION, IT WOULD BE STATIONED AT ALL STATIONS.

THE NEWER STATIONS, OF COURSE, MOST OF THEM SEEM TO HAVE AN EXTRA BAY, BUT STATION 1, THEY MIGHT HAVE CHANGED IT, BUT I CHECKED RECENTLY AND ALL OF THE BAYS ARE FULL, YOU HAVE A DISTRICT CHIEF, YOU HAVE AN ENGINE COMPANY, AND A TRUCK COMPANY WHICH YOU CALL NOW A LADDER, AND THEN YOU HAVE A MEDIC TRUCK, SO I DON'T KNOW HOW YOU'RE GOING TO GET A BRUSH TRUCK THERE UNLESS YOU DO SOME REARRANGING OR SOMETHING BECAUSE THERE'S NOT BUT FOUR BAYS. OTHER THAN THAT, LET'S SEE, THE MAIN THING IS I JUST WANT TO MAKE SURE THAT TRUCK COMES TO ABILENE, IT'S READY TO GO, THERE'S NO ADDITIONAL COST IN THE RADIOS IF THEY'RE INSTALLED UP THERE OR ARE THEY GOING TO BE INSTALLED HERE. THANK YOU VERY MUCH.

I'LL LISTEN TO MY -- THIS MORNING.

>> I'M GOING TO ASK CHIEF BURR NET TO COME UP AND PROVIDE SOME BACKGROUND INFORMATION ON THESE TWO VEHICLES.

>> GOOD MORNING, MAYOR AND COUNCIL.

JOHN BURRNET, DEPUTY FIRE CHIEF. QUITE A FEW QUESTION, I'LL TRY TO DO MY BEST TO ANSWER ALL OF THOSE.

FIRST OF ALL THE PICTURE REPRESENTED IN THE PRESENTATION IS NOT THE VEHICLE WE'RE RECEIVING, IT'S THE BEST REPRESENTATION THAT WE HAD AVAILABLE TO US SO IT WILL BE A FOUR-DOOR DODGE CHASSIS. THIS IS DIFFERENT THAN A NORMAL FIRE APPARATUS. THESE AREN'T STAFFED NORMALLY SO THE CREWS WILL TAKE THIS APPARATUS WITH THEM.

WE ARE PLANNING TO POSITION THESE AT STATION 1 AND STATION #. THERE'S A LOT OF LOGISTICS AND THINGS THAT NEED TO HAPPEN AS MR. SWART SAID, STATION 1 CURRENTLY IS FULL BUT WE ARE STORING A TRAILER IN THERE AS WELL AT THIS TIME THAT IS NOT GOING TO BE PERMANENTLY STATIONED THERE, SO IT WILL FREE UP AND AREA FOR THIS APPARATUS THERE. THESE WILL COME COMPLETELY READY TO ROLL AS SOON AS WE GET THEM, THE ONLY THING WE'LL NEED TO DO IS PROGRAM THE RADIO. THE RADIO WILL BE A PLUG AND PLAY, SO THEY'LL GO AHEAD AND INSTALL THE ANTENNAS AND THE WIRING TO THE RADIO. OUR RADIO SHOP WILL THEN PLUG THAT RADIO IN AND PROGRAM IT. AND SO WE ARE MOVING TO A NEWER MODEL RADIO THAT WILL GIVE US INTEROPERABILITY WITH OUR COUNTERPARTS IN THE COUNTY, AND SO WE'LL BE ABLE TO TALK TO ALL OF THEM WITHOUT HAVING TO SWITCH RADIOS, WHICH WE CURRENTLY HAVE

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TO DO, SO THAT IS AN UPGRADE THAT WILL BE VERY BENEFICIAL TO US. I BELIEVE I'VE ANSWERED ALL YOUR QUESTIONS, SIR. IF THERE'S ANYTHING ELSE, I'D BE HAPPY TO ANSWER ANY FURTHER QUESTIONS.

>> MAYOR WILLIAMS: THANK YOU, CHIEF.

ANY QUESTIONS OF COUNCIL? THANK YOU.

THANKS, CHIEF. >> THANK YOU.

>> ANYBODY ELSE WANT TO SPEAK ON AGENDA NUMBER 5? SEEING NO ONE, I'LL ACCEPT A MOTION AND SECOND OF COUNCIL.

>> SO MOVED. >> MAYOR WILLIAMS: MOTION BY COUNCILMEMBER PRICE, SECOND BY COUNCILMEMBER MCALISTER.

DISCUSSION? WE'RE READY TO VOTE.

>> MAYOR PRO TEM HURT, YES, ALBUS, YES, PRICE, YES, RENTZ, MCALISTER, YES, CRAVER, YES, MAYOR WILLIAMS, YES.

MOTION CARRIES. >> MAYOR WILLIAMS: WE'LL NOW

[11. Resolution: Receive a Report, Hold a Discussion and Public Hearing, and Take Action on Awarding Bid No. CB2036 to Intermountain Slurry Seal, Inc. for ModifiedSlurrySeal in Work Zones S6 & S24 (Greg McCaffery)]

MOVE TO NUMBER 11. WAS THAT YOU, COUNCILMEMBER

RENTZ? >> YES.

JUST A FEW QUESTIONS. I TAKE IT NO ONE LOCALLY DOES

THIS, JUST BASED ON -- >> NO, NO ONE LOCALLY DOES THIS.

>> HAS EQUIPMENT? >> THAT'S CORRECT.

>> OKAY. THIS IS -- LOOKS LIKE FROM THE WEBSITE SIMILAR TO JUST LIKE PEOPLE SEAL A PARKING LOT BUT PROBABLY MUCH HEAVIER COAT OF TAR OR OIL, WOULD YOU SAY?

>> THAT'S CORRECT. IT'S ACTUALLY -- WE'RE TERMING IT AS A MODIFIED SLURRY SEAL. IT'S ACTUALLY A MICROPAVING TYPE METHOD. THERE ARE ESSENTIALLY TWO MAJOR CONTRACTORS IN THE STATE OF TEXAS THAT DO THIS WORK ALL OVER THE STATE. THERE'S ONE CONTRACTOR IN OKLAHOMA. OUR UNDERSTANDING IS THEY HAVE A MUTUAL UNDERSTANDING BECAUSE THEY DON'T CROSS STATE LINES SO WE ONLY RECEIVED ONE BID FROM ONE OF THE TWO MAJOR CONTRACTORS THAT DO THIS TYPE OF WORK. SO IT IS A SPECIALIZED TYPE APPLICATION. IT IS NOT, SAY, A VERY THIN AS FAR AS SEAL. MICROPAVEING GOES DOWN AND IT'S -- IN THIS CASE, IT'S GOING TO BE APPROXIMATELY THREE-EIGHTHS OF AN INCH IN THICKNESS.

IT'S MADE PRIMARILY OF SAND, AND THE ASPHALT EMULSION.

WE HAVE SOME POLYMERS THAT ARE GOING TO BE APPLIED TO THIS PRODUCT. IT GOES DOWN AT THE RATE OF AROUND 24 TO 26 POUNDS PER SQUARE YARD, SO IT'S A VERY THIN LAYER, BUT IT'S THICKER THAN, SAY, IF YOU WERE TO PUT, SAY, A SEAL COAT DOWN ON A PARKING LOT. IT DOESN'T HAVE A LOT OF STRUCTURAL STRENGTH. YOU TYPICALLY WILL PUT THIS KIND OF PRODUCT DOWN ON A STREET THAT HAS AN AGE OF ANYWHERE FROM FIVE TO 10 YEARS ALREADY INTO ITS LIFE CYCLE, AND SO WE'VE ALREADY GONE THE ROUTE OF CRACK SEALING THESE NUMBER OF ROADS.

THIS IS THE NEXT TREATMENT METHOD AS FAR AS I'M TRYING TO EXTEND THE LONGEVITY OF THESE STREETS.

>> HOW MANY MILES ROUGHLY ARE WE COVERING?

>> I HAD A FEELING YOU MIGHT ASK ME THAT AS I WAS IN THE BACK, AND AS YOU CAN SEE, I'M JUST GOING TO GO TO THE SLIDE HERE, WE HAVE A NUMBER OF ROADS THAT ARE GOING TO -- OR STREETS THAT ARE GOING TO BE INCLUDED AS PART OF THIS PROJECT.

THEY'RE IDENTIFIED IN THAT LOWER SOUTHEAST PORTION OF THE CITY THERE. SO LIKE I SAID, WE HAVE A NUMBER OF STREETS THAT ARE GOING TO BE INCLUDED IN THIS.

WE'LL HAVE THAT WORK ZONE AS WELL AS THE STREETS POSTED AS FAR AS ON THE WEBSITE, WE CAN GET THAT NUMBER OF MILES.

BUT I KNOW IT'S SIGNIFICANT. THERE'S ACTUALLY FOUR SUBDIVISIONS THAT WE'RE GOING TO BE COVERING AS PART OF THIS

PROJECT. >> THIS IS THE FIRST TIME WE'VE USE THIS HAD PRODUCT OR WE HAVEN'T USED IT IN A LONG TIME

AT LEAST? >> SO MY UNDERSTANDING IS THE CITY HAS USED A SIMILAR TYPE MICROPAVING SEVERAL YEARS AGO.

WHAT'S UNIQUE ABOUT THIS PARTICULAR TYPE OF TREATMENT METHOD IS YOU HAVE TO HAVE THE RIGHT CONDITIONS OF THE ROAD.

YOU DON'T WANT TO BE PUTTING THIS ON A ROAD THAT HAS A LOT OF ALLIGATORING AND THE LIKE, BECAUSE YOU'VE GOT BASE FAILURE THERE. HERE, WHAT WE'RE LOOKING TO DO IS, AGAIN, EXTEND THAT LONGEVITY, AND SO YOU ALSO HAVE TO PUT IT DOWN AT THE RIGHT TIME OF THE YEAR.

OUR CONTRACTOR HAS ACTUALLY APPROACHED US IN THAT THEY WOULD ACTUALLY LIKE TO BEGIN THIS WORK POSSIBLY NEXT WEEK OR THE FOLLOWING WEEK. IT'S ANTICIPATED IT WILL TAKE THEM APPROXIMATELY 2 1/2 WEEKS TO COMPLETE ALL THIS WORK.

NORMALLY BY THE TIME THEY PUT THE APPLICATION DOWN, INDIVIDUALS ARE ABLE TO DRIVE ON IT WITHIN TWO HOURS.

>> I GUESS MY POINT I'M TRYING TO MAKE IS THAT THIS IS A NEWER PRODUCT FOR US WE HAVEN'T USED IN A WHILE.

>> IT IS, RIGHT. >> SO WE'RE STARTING, PERHAPS, WITH A SMALLER INVENTORY OF ROADS THAN WE WOULD OTHERWISE, KIND OF PROOF OF CONCEPT. I KNOW THIS CONTRACTOR, THIS PARTICULAR VENDOR HAS BEEN TRYING TO WORK WITH US SINCE I'VE BEEN HERE, FOR FIVE YEARS, AND SO --

>> THAT'S CORRECT. >> -- THIS WILL BE AN OPPORTUNITY FOR US TO TRY THE PRODUCT OUT.

IT DOES SEAL THE ROAD, IT EXTENDS THE LIFE CYCLE OF THE ROAD AND IT PROVIDES A MINOR WEAR SURFACE BUT THE INTENT REALLY IS TO KEEP WATER OUT FROM UNDERNEATH THE ASPHALT WHICH

CAUSES THE ROADS TO FAIL. >> THANK YOU.

ADDITIONALLY -- STREET MAINTENANCE HAS BEEN USED TO PAY

FOR THIS PROJECT. >> THAT'S CORRECT, SIR.

>> ANY QUESTIONS OF THE COUNCIL OR THE AUDIENCE?

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I'LL ACCEPT A MOTION AND SECOND FROM COUNCIL.

>> SO MOVED. >> I'M SORRY?

>> PUBLIC HEARING. >> MAYOR WILLIAMS: BY STATE STATUTE, EVERY ITEM WE PROVIDE ARE ON PUBLIC HEARING.

SO AT THIS TIME IF THERE WAS ANYONE WHO WOULD LIKE TO SPEAK FOR OR AGAINST THE ITEM, PLEASE COME FORWARD AND STATE YOUR NAME FOR THE RECORD. SEEING NO ONE, I'LL CLOSE THE PUBLIC HEARING. DOES COUNCIL HAVE A MOTION AND SECOND? MOTION BY COUNCILMEMBER RENTZ, SECONDED BY COUNCILMEMBER MCALISTER.

ANY FURTHER DISCUSSION IN WE'RE RELY TO VOTE.

>> HURT, YES, ALBUS, YES, PRICE, YES, RENTZ, YES, MCALISTER, YES, CRAVER, YES, MAYOR WILLIAMS, YES.

[15. Resolution: Receive a Report, Hold a Discussion and Public Hearing, and Take Action on a Resolution Establishing the City of Abilene Property Assessed Clean Energy (PACE) Program (Cheryl Sawyers)]

>> MOTION CARRIES. >> WE'LL NOW MOVE TO ITEM 15, WE'LL ASK CHERYL SAWYERS, PLANNING MANAGER, TO PRESENT

THIS ITEM. >> GOOD MORNING, CHERYL SAWYERS, PLANNING SERVICES MANAGER. I WANTED TO TALK TO YOU A LITTLE BIT ABOUT THE TEXAS PACE PROGRAM.

FOR YOUR CONSIDERATION TODAY A RESOLUTION TO ESTABLISH THE TEXAS PACE PROGRAM IN ABILENE. THE TEXAS PROPERTY ASSESSED CLEAN ENERGY PROGRAM IS A VOLUNTARY PROGRAM THAT FACILITATES THE USE OF PRIVATE CAPITAL TO FINANCE WATER CONSERVATION, ENERGY EFFICIENCY, RESILIENCY, DISTRIBUTE GENERATION PROJECTS TO ELIGIBLE COMMERCIAL, INDUSTRIAL, AGRICULTURAL, NON-PROFIT AND MULTIFAMILY PROPERTIES.

OWNERS CHOOSE THEIR PROJECT, THEIR CONTRACTOR AND LENDER AND THEN APPLY FOR THE PROGRAM TO REQUEST THAT THE LOCAL GOVERNMENT PLACE A VOLUNTARY SENIOR LIEN ON THE PROPERTY FOR THE TOTAL COST OF THE PROJECT. THE OWNER THEN AGREES TO PAY THE TEXAS PACE ASSESSMENT UNTIL IT IS PAID IN FULL.

THEY WOULD JOIN THE OTHER 40 MUNICIPLITIES IN TENSION AS TO HELP OFFER ANOTHER ECONOMIC DEVELOPMENT TOOL.

TO DATE, TEXAS PACE HAS HELPED FACILITATE OVER $105 MILLION OF INVESTMENT. THE TEXAS PACE ACT, CHAPTER 399 OF THE LOCAL GOVERNMENT CODE, IS A LOCAL ADOPTION MODEL THAT TEXAS PACE IN A BOX MODEL WAS CREATE BY OVER 130 PACE STAKEHOLDERS TO FACILITATE CONSISTENT USER-FRIENDLY APPROACH TO TEXAS PACE DESIGN AND IMPLEMENTATION.

TEXAS PACE AUTHORITY ADMINISTERS A UNIFORM PACE IN A BOX MODEL AS A PUBLIC SERVICE ON BEHALF OF LOCAL GOVERNMENTS, AND IS FUNDED THROUGH USER FEES AND GRANTS. THE MODEL HAS BEEN UNANIMOUSLY ADOPTED BY EVERY LOCAL GOVERNMENT ESTABLISHING THE TEXAS PACE PROGRAM IN TEXAS. THIS MODEL PLUG AND PLAY PROGRAM CONTAINS CONSUMER PROTECTION, UNDERWRITING AND TECHNICAL BEST PRACTICES AND MODEL DOCUMENTS. PACE IN A BOX HAS A MINIMAL IMPACT ON GOVERNMENT STAFF, ADDS NO ADDITIONAL COST TO GENERAL TAXPAYER OR BURDEN TO THE TREASURY, AND IS ADMINISTERED BY A NON-PROFIT THAT DOES NOT COMPETE WITH THE PRIVATE SECTOR.

ADDITIONALLY, GOVERNMENT COSTS ARE COVERED IN THE EVENT OF FORECLOSURE. TEXAS PACE OFFERS FREE MARKET FLEXIBILITY, NO MANDATES, NO MARKET DISTORTIONS OR FINANCIAL INCENTIVES THAT SIPHON FUNDS AWAY FROM THE LOCAL GOVERNMENT.

THE RISK STAYS WITH THE PROPERTY.

PROPERTY OWNERS DO THE NEGOTIATING ON THE TERMS AND RATES AND IT'S UNDERWRITTEN THROUGH A VERY THOROUGH REQUIREMENTS. BASICALLY PACE IS A WIN-WIN-WIN.

THE PROPERTY OWNERS LOWER UTILITY BILLS, CONTRACTORS ARE SOURCED INCREASING BUSINESS, LENDERS GET NEW LOANS, STATE OF TEXAS REDUCES PEAK DEMAND, AND OUR COMMUNITY INCREASES ECONOMIC DEVELOPMENT AND JOBS, ALL WHILE DECREASING THEIR ENERGY FOOTPRINT. FOR MORE INFORMATION, I'VE COMPILED A LIST OF RESOURCES THAT GO TO CREATE MORE DETAIL AND THE COMPLEXITIES OF THIS PROGRAM, AND I'D LIKE TO ANSWER ANY QUESTIONS THAT YOU HAVE AT THIS TIME.

>> MAYOR WILLIAMS: THANK YOU, MS. SAWYERS.

QUESTIONS OF CHERYL ON THE COUNCIL?

>> CAN YOU JUST CLARIFY WHERE THE FUNDING DOES COME FROM? YOU SAID IT DOESN'T COME FROM THE GOVERNMENT, SO WHERE -- HOW

IS THE FUNDING COME INTO PLAY? >> CORRECT.

SO THE PROGRAM IS BASED OFF OF THE PROPERTY ASSESSMENTS.

SO WHENEVER THE PROPERTY OWNER GOES INTO THE PROGRAM, THEY GET A LOAN FROM THE TEXAS PACE PROGRAM, FROM A LENDER WHO'S APPROVED IN THAT PROGRAM. AND THEN THAT MONEY COMES FROM NON-PROFITS -- WELL, IT IS BY THE PERSON WHO IS PAYING FOR THE PROJECT. SO BASICALLY I AM THE PROPERTY OWNER, I NEED TO GET A NEW HVAC SYSTEM.

THROUGH THAT, I GO THROUGH A PROPER LENDER, I GET ACCEPTED INTO THIS PROGRAM, AND MY HVAC IS -- THE LOAN IS AMORTIZED OVER THE LIFE OF THAT PROJECT. SO IF AN HVAC IS GOING TO LAST 20 YEARS, THEN THE LENDER AND THE PERSON WHO IS TAKING OUT THE

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LOAN COME TO TERMS THAT MAKE THAT PAYMENT A LOT LOWER THAN IF IT WERE THAT FIRST FIVE YEARS WHERE THEY WOULD BE PAYING FOR

IT UP FRONT. >> AND THE LENDER, THE LENDER IS A PRIVATE LENDER, IT'S A BANK, IT'S A FINANCIAL INSTITUTION OF SOME SORT, IT'S NOT THE CITY OF ABILENE OR THE STATE OF TEXAS.

>> IS THERE A WAY TO VET -- THAT WE'RE NOT ALLOWING LENDERS WHO

MAY TAKE ADVANTAGE OF PEOPLE? >> YES, IT IS A VERY THOROUGH PROCESS THAT THEY HAVE TO GO THROUGH.

LENDERS, ANYONE CAN BE ONE OF THE LENDERS.

TEXAS PACE DOES HAVE APPROVED LENDERS THAT HAVE ALREADY GONE THROUGH THEIR PROCESS, BUT IN ORDER FOR YOU TO BECOME A LENDER THAT IS A PART OF THE PACE PROGRAM, THERE IS A LITTLE BIT OF TRAINING AND VETTING THAT GOES THROUGH WITH THE NON-PROFIT

PART OF THE TEXAS PACE PROGRAM. >> MAYOR WILLIAMS: ANY

QUESTIONS OF CHERYL? >> WHAT IS THE ADVANTAGE OF THE HOME INNER VERSUS GOING TO THE BANK, LOCAL?

>> SO BASICALLY A LOT OF THESE PROJECTS ARE COST-PROHIBITIVE.

YOU KNOW, INFRASTRUCTURE THAT, YOU KNOW, YOU'RE HAVING A NEW HVAC OR YOU HAVE TO REDO ALL OF YOUR PLUMBING OR LET'S SAY YOU'VE BOUGHT A BUILDING THAT HAS NOBODY KNOB AND TUBE ELECT, SO BASICALLY WHAT THIS DOES IS CREATE A WAY FOR A BUSINESS TO GET A LOAN THAT DOES NOT COME OUT ON THEIR BALANCE SHEET, IT BASICALLY STAYS AS A PROPERTY ASSESSMENT ON THEIR PROPERTY, AND THEN IT MOVES WITH THE -- IT STAYS WITH THE PROPERTY.

SO EVEN IF THE BUSINESS OWNER COMES IN AND REFURBISHES THE BUSINESS, STAYS IN IT FOR A FEW YEARS AND THEN THEY SELL IT, THE PACE STAYS WITH THE PROPERTY. SO THE PROPERTY OWNER CAN SEE, IT'S 100% FINANCING UP FRONT, SO THE PROPERTY OWNER CAN SEE THOSE

SAVINGS YEAR ONE. >> I'LL ALSO INTERJECT, THIS IS A BUSINESS OPPORTUNITY FOR BUSINESSES AND I DON'T BELIEVE IT APPLIES TO HOME OTHER THANS OR RESIDENCES.

>> IT DOESN'T. >> SO THERE'S A POTENTIAL -- ONE OF THE REASONS WHY I BRING THIS FORWARD IS BECAUSE THERE'S POTENTIAL BUSINESS WHO WANTS TO REDEVELOP A PORTION OF THE MALL, AND PART OF THAT WOULD REQUIRE SOME SIGNIFICANT INVESTMENT IN THE ENERGY SYSTEMS. AND SOME PLUMBING SYSTEMS AND SOME LIGHTING SYSTEMS, ALL THINGS THAT WOULD BE ELIGIBLE FOR THIS PARTICULAR PROGRAM. THIS ALLOWS THEM TO GET THE 100% OFF-BOOK FINANCING THROUGH THIS PROCESS, WHICH THEN ALLOWS THEM TO HAVE CASH AVAILABLE FOR A HIGHER PERCENTAGE OF EQUITY FOR THEIR OTHER CAPITAL IMPROVEMENTS TO BE ABLE TO TAKE ADVANTAGE OF THIS. SO IT ALLOWS THE PRIVATE INVESTORS TO LEVERAGE THEIR DOLLARS THAT THEY HAVE TOWARDS MORE OF A LARGE -- A LARGER EQUITY POSITION IN WHAT THEY'RE TRYING TO DO, SO IT'S A WIN-WIN-WIN FOR EVERYBODY.

>> ADDITIONALLY, PACE IS -- IT COMPLEMENTS EVERY OTHER INCENTIVE THAT WE HAVE OUT THERE.

SO IF SOMEONE WANTED TO USE A REIT GRANT OR A FACADE GRANT WE HAVE HERE IN ABILENE OR THINGS LIKE THAT, THEY CAN USE THAT AS

WELL. >> AND JUST ONE MORE FOLLOW-UP ON THE FINANCING PART. IN THE RESOLUTION WHERE IT SAYS THIRD PARTY FINANCING, THE LAST SECTION SAYS THE CITY OF ABILENE WILL NOT AT THIS TIME PROVIDE FINANCING OF ANY SORT FOR THE CITY PACE PROGRAM. SO IS THERE SOMETHING IN THE FUTURE WHERE WE'RE GOING TO BE REQUIRING FINANCING OR --

>> NO, I HAVE NO PLANS TO EVER HAVE THE CITY OF ABILENE OR ASK COUNCIL TO HAVE THE CITY OF ABILENE PLEDGE PUBLIC DOLLARS.

>> OKAY, THANK YOU. >> MAYOR WILLIAMS: QUESTIONS OF COUNCIL BEFORE THE PUBLIC HEARING? THANK YOU, MS. SAWYERS. THIS ITEM DOES CALL FOR A PUBLIC HEARING. SO AT THIS TIME, I'LL OPEN UP THE PUBLIC HEARING. IS THERE ANYONE WHO WOULD LIKE TO SPEAK EITHER FOR OR AGAINST THIS ITEM? IF SO, PLEASE COME FORWARD AND GIVE YOUR NAME FOR THE RECORD.

>> GOOD MORNING. MY NAME IS CHARLENE HEIGHTINGGER. I'M THE PRESIDENT OF THE TEXAS PACE AUTHORITY. WE'RE THE NON-PROFIT THAT ADMINISTERS THE 40 PROGRAMS. WE ARE DELIGHTED AND THANK YOU FOR YOUR LEADERSHIP AND WE LOOK FORWARD TO SERVING THE CITY.

I'M HERE TO ANSWER ANY QUESTIONS, ALTHOUGH YOUR STAFF

HAS DONE A GREAT JOB. >> MAYOR WILLIAMS: ANY QUESTION OF COUNCIL? THANK YOU.

>> THANK YOU. >> THANK YOU.

>> MAYOR WILLIAMS: IS THERE ANYONE ELSE THAT WOULD LIKE TO SPEAK EITHER FOR OR AGAINST THIS ITEM? SEEING NO ONE, I'LL CLOSE THE PUBLIC HEARING.

DOES THE COUNCIL HAVE ANY ADDITIONAL QUESTIONS AND/OR

COMMENTS? >> I'LL JUST THROW OUT ONE QUESTION. IF SOMEONE IS INTERESTED IN DOING THIS PROGRAM, WHAT DO THEY DO?

>> THAT'S A GREAT QUESTION. CHERYL, DO YOU WANT TO EXPLAIN KIND OF THE PROCESS SO SOMEONE CAN ACCESS THIS GOOD PROGRAM?

>> SO IF SOMEONE WANTS TO BE A PART OF THE PROGRAM, BASICALLY THEY CAN GO OUT AND THEY CAN DO SOME OF THE LEGWORK UP FRONT.

THEY CAN PICK THEIR LENDER, THEY CAN PICK THEIR CONTRACTORS, THEY CAN LOOK AT WHAT THEIR ACTUAL ENERGY EFFICIENCY IS GOING TO BE, AND THEN THEY CONTACT THE CITY OR THE DCOA, AND THEN WE'LL

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PUT THEM IN CONTACT WITH THE TEXAS PACE PROGRAM.

PART OF THE NEXT ITEM KIND OF TALKS A LITTLE BIT ABOUT WHAT HAPPENS WHENEVER SOMEONE WANTS TO BE A PART OF THE PROGRAM.

>> ADDITIONAL QUESTIONS OF COUNCIL?

>> MOVE FOR APPROVAL. >> MOTION BY COUNCILMEMBER PRICE, SECOND BY COUNCILMEMBER RENTZ.

ANY FURTHER DISCUSSION? READY TO VOTE.

>> HURT, YES, ALBUS, YES, PRICE, YES, RENTZ, YES, MCALISTER, YES, CRAVER, YES, MAYOR WILLIAMS, YES.

MOTION CARRIES. >> MAYOR WILLIAMS: WE'LL NOW MOVE TO ITEM 16, WE'LL INVITE CHERYL SAWYERS BACK AGAIN FOR

[16. Resolution: Receive a Report, Hold a Discussion and Public Hearing, and Take Action to execute a Professional Services Contract with the Texas Property Assessed Clean Energy Authority to administer the Texas Property Assessed Clean Energy Act (PACE Act), and serve as the Authorized Representative for the program (Cheryl Sawyers)]

THIS PRESENTATION. >> GOOD MORNING.

THE NEXT ITEM ON YOUR AGENDA IS TO ESTABLISH A -- I'M SORRY, NOT TO ESTABLISH. TO GO INTO A PROFESSIONAL SERVICES AGREEMENT WITH THE TEXAS PACE PROGRAM TO ADMINISTER THE PROGRAM. ESSENTIALLY WHENEVER SOMEONE GETS INVOLVED, THE REASON WHY WE BRIEFED THAT THERE BE MINIMAL STAFF WORK IS WHENEVER SOMEONE ENTERS INTO THE PROGRAM AND THEY HAVE THIS PROFESSIONAL SERVICES AGREEMENT WITH THE TEXAS PACE AUTHORITY, THEY ARE THE ONES WHO DO ALL OF THE ADMINISTRATIVE WORK WHENEVER IT COMES TO WORKING THROUGH THE PROGRAM WITH THAT, WITH THAT INDIVIDUAL COMPANY.

>> ANY QUESTIONS OF CHERYL FROM COUNCIL? WORKING THROUGH THE TECHNICAL DIFFICULTIES AND ARTICULATING, YOU DID WELL. ANY QUESTIONS OF MS. SAWYERS OF COUNCIL BEFORE THE PUBLIC HEARING?

THANK YOU, MS. SAWYERS. >> THANK YOU, CHERYL.

>> MAYOR WILLIAMS: THIS ITEM ALSO CALLS FOR A PUBLIC HEARING, SO AT THIS TIME, I'LL OPEN UP THE PUBLIC HEARING.

IS THERE ANYONE WHO WOULD LIKE TO SPEAK EITHER FOR OR AGAINST THIS ITEM? IF SO, PLEASE COME FORWARD AND GIVE YOUR NAME FOR THE RECORD. SEEING NO ONE, I'LL CLOSE THE PUBLIC HEARING. DOES COUNCIL HAVE ANY QUESTIONS OR COMMENTS? IF NOT, I'LL ACCEPT A MOTION AND SECOND. WE HAVE A MOTION BY COUNCILMEMBER CRAVER, A SECOND BY COUNCILMEMBER RENTZ.

ANY FURTHER DISCUSSION? WE'RE READY TO VOTE.

>> HURT, YES, ALBUS, YES, PRICE, YES, RENTZ, YES, MCALISTER, YES, CRAVER, YES, MAYOR WILLIAMS, YES.

MOTION CARRIES. >> MAYOR WILLIAMS: WE'LL NOW

[17. Ordinance (Final Reading): Receive a Report, Hold a Discussion and Public Hearing, and Take Action on Authorizing the Issuance of City of Abilene, Texas General Obligation Refunding Bonds, Taxable Series 2020; Establishing Procedures and Delegating Authority for the Sale and Delivery of the Bonds; Providing An Effective Date; and Enacting Other Provisions Relating to the Subject (Mike Rains)]

MOVE TO ITEM 17. I'LL ASK MIKE WARRIX, PLANNING AND DEVELOPMENT SERVICES, TO PRESENT THIS ITEM.

>> M MIKE RAINS, DIRECTOR OF FINANCE.

>> MAYOR WILLIAMS: SORRY ABOUT THAT.

>> WE HAVE AN OPPORTUNITY TO REFINANCE MORE BONDS SIMILAR TO WHAT WE DID IN DECEMBER. THESE WILL BE A TAXABLE ADVANCE REFUNDING THAT WOULD ACTUALLY BE DONE ON A DELEGATION AND A PARAMETER METHOD, VERY SIMILAR TO WHAT WE DID IN DECEMBER LIKE I SAID, SO THE CITY MANAGER, ASSISTANT CITY MANAGER, DIRECTOR OF FINANCE WILL BE ABLE TO ACT ON BEHALF OF THE CITY TO SELL THE BONDS. WITHIN THE PARAMETERS AS FAR AS IT CAN'T EXCEED $85 MILLION. WE HAVE TO HAVE A 5% NET PRESENT VALUE DEBT SERVICE SAVINGS. TRUE INTEREST COSTS CAN'T EXCEED 3.25% AND THE FINAL MATURITY WILL BE NO LATER THAN FEBRUARY 15TH OF 2043. THE DELL TB DELEGATION OF AUTHOL EXPIRE WITHIN SIX MONTHS. WE HAVE GEORGE WILLFORD HERE, INVESTMENT ADVISOR WHO HAS MORE DETAILS ON THAT IF YOU'D LIKE TO

HEAR FROM HIM. >> MAYOR WILLIAMS: THANK YOU, MR. RAINS, FOR YOUR PRESENTATION.

QUESTIONS FOR MR. RAINS FROM COUNCIL?

>> DO WE HAVE AN ESTIMATE ON HOW MUCH THIS WILL SAVE THE

TAXPAYERS? >> GEORGE HAS THAT IN HIS PRESENTATION. I'LL LET HIM --

>> MAYOR WILLIAMS, MEMBERS OF THE COUNCIL, FOR THE RECORD, GEORGE WILLFORD WITH HILLTOP SECURITIES, AND IT'S A PRESSURE PLEASURETO BE BACK. YOU SHOULD HAVE A BOOK AT YOUR PLACE AND THEN I BELIEVE IT WAS MAYBE IN THE AGENDA PACKAGE AS WELL, AND IN THE BOOK ITSELF BEHIND TAB D, IT HAS THE INFORMATION RELATIVE TO THE REFUNDING, AND IT FIRST SETS OUT THE ISSUES THAT ARE POTENTIAL CANDIDATES, A MATURITY OF 2010, THE 2013 COS, AND THEN REALLY THE LARGEST AND WHAT CONSTITUTES THE MOST LIKELY TO BE REFUNDED, THE SERIES 2015 COS, THERE'S ABOUT $53 MILLION REMAINING, AND THEN ALSO THE SERIES 15 GENERAL OBLIGATION BONDS. ON PAGE 10, WHICH IS BEHIND TAB D, THAT SAYS CURRENT MARKET AND THAT WAS WHAT WAS INDICATED AS POTENTIAL SAVINGS. I WILL SAY THAT WAS AS OF LAST WEEK, WHEN WE RAN THIS, AND OF COURSE TREASURY RATES HAVE COME

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DOWN DRAMATICALLY, BUT THE MUNICIPAL MARKET THIS WEEK IS KIND OF IN A STATE OF TURMOIL AND TRYING TO FIND PRICE LEVELS AND SO ON. SO THERE'S NO REAL WAY TO SAY, WELL, IT'S GOTTEN BETTER OR WHATEVER.

ESSENTIALLY THIS IS AN OPPORTUNITY TO POSITION THE CITY SO THAT IF THE INTEREST RATES DO STAY OR STABILIZE AT A LEVEL THAT WOULD PRODUCE ACCEPTABLE SAVINGS, THEN WE COULD MOVE FORWARD. AS MIKE INDICATED, THE MINIMUM IN THE ORDINANCE LEVEL OF SAVINGS IS ON PAGE 11, AND THAT'S BASED ON A 5% PRESENT VALUE OF THE REFUNDED AMOUNT, AND IF ALL THE ISSUES ARE INCLUDED, YOU CAN SEE THAT WOULD GENERATE AROUND 220 TO $240,000 PER YEAR.

SO HOPEFULLY RATES WILL -- AND THE MACI MARKET WILL STABILIZE H THAT SOMEWHERE AROUND THAT CURRENT MARKET LEVEL CAN BE ATTAINED. I'LL BE GLAD TO ANSWER ANY QUESTIONS YOU MIGHT HAVE OTHERWISE.

SAM GILL IS ALSO HERE FROM MCCALL PARK BOND COUNSEL TO THE

CITY. >> MAYOR WILLIAMS: COMMENT?

>> I KNOW GEORGE IS ALSO VERY CAREFUL ABOUT MAKING PROMISES WHEN IT COMES TO MARKETS AND THAT'S WHAT HE GETS PAID TO DO, BUT NOT THAT I'M A -- THE DEVIL MAY CARE ABOUT THAT BUT I'LL JUST -- SO THE PUBLIC CAN UNDERSTAND THE NUMBERS, THIS REFUNDING POTENTIALLY SAVES AROUND THE NEIGHBORHOOD OF 10, 10 1/2 MILLION DOLLARS TO THE TAF PAIR IF WE'RE ABLE TO GET THE RATES WE THINK WE CAN GET BASED OFF THE LAST ANALYSIS LAST WEEK WHERE TREASURY YIELDS REALLY TANKED.

I DON'T THINK THEY'RE GOING TO DOUBLE IN RATE PRICES YET.

THAT MEANS THAT THE TAXPAYERS ARE GOING TO HAVE TO PAY 10, 10 1/2 MILLION DOLLARS THEY WOULD BE OTHERWISE OBLIGATED FOR THIS. THIS IS A SERIOUS SAVINGS FOR ALL OF US, AND IT'S GREAT TO BE ABLE TO TAKE ADVANTAGE OF THAT AND I APPRECIATE COUNCIL'S WILLINGNESS TO BE ABLE TO CONSIDER WHAT THE POWER OF SIMPLE REFINANCING CAN DO.

>> MAYOR WILLIAMS: QUESTIONS OF COUNCIL F BEFORE THE PUBLIC

HEARING? >> I'LL JUST CLARIFY SOMETHING AND THEN I HAVE A REQUEST. THE AUTHORIZATION WE'RE DOING TODAY GIVES STAFF THE FLEXIBILITY TO MAKE THE TRANSACTION HAPPEN WHEN IT'S MOST ADVANTAGEOUS.

>> THAT'S CORRECT. >> IT IS NOT SETTING A CERTAIN DATE, SO IT COULD BE OVER THE NEXT COUPLE MONTHS OR SO.

SO MY REQUEST IS THAT ONCE IT FINALLY DOES TAKE PLACE, CAN WE

DO A PRESS RELEASE JUST TO -- >> OH, OF COURSE.

>> THIS IS WHAT HAPPEN THE AND HOW MUCH WE SAVED?

>> WE WILL DO THAT, WE WILL INFORM COUNCIL AND I THINK WHAT OUR FINANCIAL ADVISORS ARE TRYING TO DO IS PROVIDE US THE FLEXIBILITY WE NEED TO SEE THE MARKET STABILIZE JUST A TAD.

>> AND TO CLARIFY, THE DELEGATION IS VALID FOR SIX MONTHS, AND SO HOPEFULLY IT WILL BE MUCH SOONER, THE OPPORTUNITY CAN BE REALIZED, BUT THIS GIVES THE ABILITY TO BE FLEXIBLE

THROUGH THAT WHOLE PERIOD. >> THANKS, GEORGE.

>> MAYOR WILLIAMS: ANY QUESTIONS FROM THE COUNCIL BEFORE THE PUBLIC HEARIING? THS ITEM DOES CALL FOR A PUBLIC HEARING. SO AT THIS TIME, I WILL OPEN UP THE PUBLIC HEARING. IS THERE ANYONE WHO WOULD LIKE TO SPEAK EITHER FOR OR AGAINST THIS ITEM? IF SO, PLEASE COME FORWARD AND GIVE YOUR NAME FOR THE RECORD.

SEEING NO ONE, I'LL CLOSE THE PUBLIC HEARING.

DOES COUNCIL HAVE ANY ADDITIONAL QUESTIONS OR COMMENTS? I'LL ACCEPT A MOTION AND SECOND. WE HAVE A MOTION BY COUNCILMEMBER HURT, SECOND BY COUNCILMEMBER PRICE.

ANY FURTHER DISCUSSION? WE'RE READY TO VOTE.

>> HURT, YES, ALBUS, YES, PRICE, YES, RENTZ, YES, MCALISTER, YES, CRAVER, YES, MAYOR WILLIAMS, YES.

MOTION CARRY. >> THANK YOU, MAYOR AND COUNCIL.

WE DON'T ALWAYS HAVE THE OPPORTUNITY TO SAVE THE TAXPAYER MONEY BUT THIS IS ONE OF THE TIMES WHEN WE WERE ABLE TO DO THAT. APPRECIATE THAT.

>> MAYOR WILLIAMS: APPRECIATE YOUR DUE DILIGENCE TOO AND BEING

[18. Ordinance (Final Reading) Z202004: Receive a Report, Hold a Discussion and Public Hearing, and Take Action on a Request from Bryan Pope to Rezone Property from Heavy Commercial (HC) to Heavy Industrial (HI) District Located at 1401 Cherry Street on Southeast Corner of Dimmitt and Cherry Streets (Mike Warrix)]

RESPONSIVE TO THE TAXPAYERS. WE'LL MOVE TO ITEM 18.

AT THIS TIME I WILL INVITE MIKE WARRIX TO THE PODIUM, HE IS DIRECTOR OF PLANNING AND DEVELOPMENT SERVICES.

THE MIKE WARRIX. >> GOOD MORNING, MAYOR AND COUNCIL. WE MOVE TO THE ZONING COMPONENT OF TODAY'S MEETING. THIS IS ZONING REQUEST 2020-04, THE OWNER OF THE PROPERTY IS BRYAN POPE, THE APPLICANT IS C.J. CHENEY WITH COLDWELL BANKER.

THE REQUEST IS TO REZONE A PIECE OF PROPERTY FROM HEAVY COMMERCIAL TO HEAVY INDUSTRIAL ZONING.

THE PROPERTY IS LOCATED AT 1401 CHERRY STREET, IT'S PRIMARILY INDUSTRIAL AREA. WE DID SEND OUT A NOTIFICATION WHICH WE RECEIVED THREE IN FAVOR AND ZERO IN OPPOSITION.

PLANNING AND ZONING HEARD THIS CASE BACK IN FEBRUARY, AND THEY

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VOTED TO RECOMMEND APPROVAL TO CITY COUNCIL.

LOCATION MAP, AT THE CORNER OF CHERRY ANDDIMMITT, PRIMARILY AN INDUSTRIAL AREA. THIS WAS ONE OF SEVERAL PROPERTIES IN THE AREA THAT WAS REZONED TO HI.

HERE'S A ZONING MAP SHOWING THE PROPERTY LOCATION AND THE ZONING OF SURROUNDING PROPERTIES. THEY ARE WANTING TO GO BACK TO HEAVY INDUSTRIAL, IS THAT CORRECT?

>> YES. >> YES.

SO THEY APPARENTLY HAVE A TENANT, A POTENTIAL TENANT THAT IS INTERESTED IN A USE THAT IS NOT ALLOW IN HI ZONING SO THEY WANT TO GO BACK TO THE ORIGINAL ZONING CLASSIFICATION FROM WHICH IT WAS CHANGED BACK IN NOVEMBER. LISTING OF EXISTING USES, PERMITTED USES IN HC ZONING. VIEWS OF THE SUBJECT PROPERTY.

AGAIN, STAFF ALWAYS REVIEWS THESE PURSUANT TO THE COMPREHENSIVE PLAN AND THE CITY'S FUTURE LAND USE AND DEVELOPMENT PLAN MAP. STAFF RECOMMENDED APPROVAL.

THIS CASE DID GO TO THE PLANNING AND ZONING COMMISSION BACK IN FEBRUARY. THEY VOTED UNANIMOUSLY TO RECOMMEND APPROVAL TO YOU ALL TODAY.

IF YOU HAVE ANY QUESTIONS, I'D BE HAPPY TO TRY TO ANSWER ANY

QUESTIONS. >> MAYOR WILLIAMS: ANY QUESTION OF MR. WARRIX BEFORE THE PUBLIC HEARING FROM THE

COUNCIL? >> I'M SORRY, THIS IS THE NOTIFICATION AREA MAP. FOR SOME REASON THIS IS TAGGED

AT THE END. >> MAYOR WILLIAMS: ANY QUESTION OF MR. WARRIX? THANK YOU, MIKE.

THIS ITEM DOES CALL FOR A PUBLIC HEARING SO AT THIS TIME I'LL OPEN UP THE PUBLIC HEARING. IS THERE ANYONE WHO WOULD LIKE TO SPEAK EITHER FOR OR AGAINST THIS ITEM? IF SO, PLEASE COME FORWARD AND GIVE YOUR NAME FOR THE RECORD.

SEEING NO ONE, I'LL CLOSE THE PUBLIC HEARING.

DOES COUNCIL HAVE ANY QUESTIONS OR COMMENTS? IF NOT, I'LL ACCEPT A MOTION AND SECOND.

>> SO MOVED. >> WE HAVE A MOTION BY COUNCILMEMBER MCALISTER, SECOND BY COUNCILMEMBER CRAVER.

>> MAYOR PRO TEM HURT, YES, ALBUS, YES, PRICE, YES, RENTZ, YES, CRAVER, YES -- YES.

[19. Ordinance (Final Reading) Z202005: Receive a Report, Hold a Discussion and Public Hearing, and Take Action on a Request from KPLB LLC, Agent Jacob & Martin Engineering, to Rezone Property from Residential MediumDensity (MD) to Residential SingleFamily Patio Home (PH) District Located at 1826 Colony Hill Road Approximately 500 to 800 Feet East from its Intersection with Maple Street (Mike Warrix)]

>> MAYOR WILLIAMS: WE'LL MOVE TO ITEM NUMBER 19.

AND WE'LL ASK MIKE WARRIX TO PRESENT THIS ITEM.

>> YES, THANK YOU. THIS IS ZONING CASE 2020-05.

APPLICANT IS REZONE A PIECE OF PROPERTY ON 1826 COLONY HILL ROAD FROM MEDIUM DENSITY RESIDENTIAL TO PATIO HOME RESIDENTIAL. PATIO HOMES ARE NOT A PERMITTED USE IN MEDIUM DENSITY ZONING, AND THAT'S THE REASON FOR THE REQUEST. NOTIFICATION THAT WE SENT OUT RESULTED IN ZERO IN FAVOR AND ONE IN OPPOSITION.

PLANNING AND ZONING DID HEAR THIS CASE ON FEBRUARY 4TH AND THEY ARE RECOMMENDING APPROVAL TO YOU.

SOME OF THE SLIDES HEAR, HEAR IS HERE, HERE ISTHE SUBJECT PROPERR SIZABLE TRACT. ZONING MAP.

PH ZONING PERMITTED USES. PHOTOGRAPHS.

WE HAD ONE IN OPPOSITION AND I DO UNDERSTAND THAT THAT ONE DOES EXCEED THE 20% THRESHOLD THAT WOULD TRIGGER A SUPERMAJORITY VOTE ON YOUR PART TO APPROVE THIS REQUEST.

STAFF DID REVIEW THIS PURSUANT TO THE TOOLS THAT WE HAVE AVAILABLE TO US IN REVIEWING REZONING REQUESTS.

SPECIFICALLY THE COMPREHENSIVE PLAN AND THE FUTURE LAND USE AND DEVELOPMENT PLAN MAP. IT'S GENERALLY CONSISTENT WITH LAND USE AND CHARACTER OF THAT IMMEDIATE AREA.

WE REVIEWED IT PURSUANT TO THE CRITERIA IN SECTION 1414 OF THE LAND DEVELOPMENT CODE. THIS IS ESSENTIALLY A DOWN ZONING. DENSITIES ARE GOING DOWN, I BELIEVE MEDIUM DENSITY RESIDENTIAL DOES ALLOW UP TO NINE UNITS PER ACRE GOING TO THE PATIO HOME ZONING CLASSIFICATION, PATIO HOME ALLOWS ABOUT 7 1/2 UNITS PER ACRE. SO IT IS A DOWN ZONING OF PROPERTY, WHICH IN STAFF'S OPINION IS A GOOD THING.

WE ARE RECOMMENDING APPROVAL, PLANNING AND ZONING IS RECOMMENDING APPROVAL AS WELL, AND AGAIN, WE DO HAVE A SUPERMAJORITY VOTE SITUATION WITH THIS PARTICULAR CASE.

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>> MAYOR WILLIAMS: THANK YOU, MR. WARRIX.

QUESTIONS OF MIKE FROM THE COUNCIL?

>> SO HELP ME AGAIN UNDERSTAND, YOU'RE SAYING THAT THE WAY IT IS NOW, BECAUSE I WAS READING THE OPPOSITION, WAS TALKING ABOUT UNNECESSARILY ADDING POPULATION, YET THIS WOULD ACTUALLY ALLOW FOR LESS POPULATION. IS THAT THE WAY YOU JUST EXPLAINED IT? GWELL, THE ZONING THAT THEY'RE REQUESTING ALLOWS -- IT'S ONLY 7 1/2 UNITS PER ACRE WOULD BE THE MAXIMUM DENSITY THAT THEY COULD GIVE IN PATIO HOME ZONING, SO IT MAY OR MAY NOT. I'LL LET -- I DIDN'T KNOW WE HAVE A REPRESENTATIVE FOR THE APPLICANT HERE THAT CAN FURTHER

ADDRESS THAT. >> BUT IT WOULD BE FEWER

STRUCTURES, CORRECT? >> IT DEPENDS, YES.

>> IT DEPENDS ON HOW THEY DEVELOP.

THEORETICALLY IF YOU'RE GOING TO MAX OUT THE DWELLING UNITS PER ACRE, WHICH CATEGORY WOULD OFFER LESS DWELLING UNITS PER ACRE?

DO WE HAVE THAT INFORMATION? >> PATIO HOME WOULD OFFER LESS UNITS PER ACRE SO COUNCILMEMBER MCALISTER, YOU ARE CORRECT.

>> MAYOR WILLIAMS: OKAY. QUESTIONS OF COUNCIL FOR MR. WARRIX BEFORE THE PUBLIC HEARING? THANK YOU, MIKE. THIS ITEM DOES CALL FOR A PUBLIC HEARING. SO AT THIS TIME I WILL OPEN THE PUBLIC HEARING. IS THERE ANYONE THAT WOULD LIKE TO SPEAK EITHER FOR OR AGAINST THIS ITEM, PLEASE COME FORWARD,

GIVE YOUR NAME FOR THE RECORD. >> CLAYTON PERRY, JACOB AND MARTIN ENGINEERING, AGENT OR THE OWNER.

AS MIKE MENTIONED, THIS IS A DOWN ZONING, WE'RE REQUESTING THE ZONING CHANGE FROM MD TO PATIO HOME.

NOT TO MAKE LIGHT OF IT BUT KIND OF HOW CORONAVIRUS HAS COME UP SO QUICK, THINGS HAVE BEEN HAPPENING SO FAST IN THAT PART OF TOWN THAT HE STARTED WITH WANTING TO DO DUPLEXES OR SOME SORT OF PRODUCT THAT'S MULTIFAMILY OUT THERE, THINGS HAVE CHANGED, HE WANTS TO TRY TO DO THIS ON THE SAME PROPERTY.

I'M HAPPY TO ANSWER ANY OTHER QUESTIONS.

>> MAYOR WILLIAMS: THANK YOU. ANY QUESTIONS FROM COUNCIL?

>> I HAVE ONE. DOES THIS ZONING CHANGE ALLOW CONVENTIONAL HOUSES OR TOWNHOUSES? OR WILL IT STRICTLY BE THIS KIND?

>> IT WILL ALLOW CONVENTIONAL HOUSING IF THEY CHOSE TO DO THAT. IT WOULD ALSO ALLOW A A NARROWI WON'T SAY ZERO LOT LINE BUT A CLOSER LOT.

>> IT DOES ALLOW FOR ZERO LOT LINE BUT THAT'S NOT THE INTENT OF WHAT HE WANTS TO DO. A LITTLE MORE OPTIONS.

>> MAYOR WILLIAMS: ANY QUESTIONS OF COUNCIL? THANK YOU. WE ARE STILL IN A PUBLIC HEARING. DOES ANYONE ELSE LIKE TO SPEAK EITHER FOR OR AGAINST THIS ITEM? SEEING NO ONE, I'LL CLOSE THE PUBLIC HEARING. DOES COUNCIL HAVE ANY ADDITIONAL QUESTIONS OF STAFF? I'LL ACCEPT A MOTION AND SENGD.

>> MORE FOR APPROVAL. >> MOTION BY COUNCILMEMBER HURT, SECOND BY COUNCILMEMBER ALBUS. ANY DISCUSSION?

READY TO VOTE. >> HURT, YES, ALBUS, YES, PRICE, YES, RENTZ, YES, MCALISTER, YES, CRAVER, YES, MAYOR WILLIAMS, YES. MOTION CARRIES.

[20. Ordinance (Final Reading) TC202002: Receive a Report, Hold a Discussion and Public Hearing, and Take Action on a request from Homer Hillis, agent Riley Griffith of Enprotec/Hibbs & Todd, to abandon an unimproved west margin (0.0469 acre) of rightofway available for Lytle Acres Drive and adjacent to vacant building site at 1208 Lytle Acres Drive occupying Block D of Lytle Lake Gardens (Mike Warrix)]

>> MAYOR WILLIAMS: ITEM 20, WE'LL ASK MIKE WARRIX TO PRESENT

THIS ITEM. >> YES, THANK YOU ONCE AGAIN.

THIS IS A THOROUGHFARE ABANDONMENT REQUEST, CASE 2020-02. THE OWNER IS THE CITY OF ABILENE. REQUEST IS TO ABANDON AN UNIMPROVED WEST MARGIN OF THE RIGHT-OF-WAY AVAILABLE FOR LYTLE ACRES DRIVE ADJACENT TO VACANT BUILDING SITE AT 1208 LYTLE ACRES DRIVE. WE SENT OUT A NOTIFICATION, WE RECEIVED ONE IN FAVOR AND ZERO IN OPPOSITION.

STAFF RECOMMENDED APPROVAL TO THE PLANNING AND ZONING COMMISSION AND THE PLANNING AND ZONING COMMISSION CONCURRED WITH THAT AND THEY RECOMMENDED APPROVAL TO YOU TODAY.

HERE'S THE GENERAL LOCATION MAP. YOU'LL SEE LYTLE ACRES DRIVE.

YOU'LL SEE THAT TRIANGULAR PIECE OF PROPERTY.

THAT'S THE SUBJECT PROPERTY. FOR SOME REASON WHEN THIS PROPERTY WAS SUBDIVIDED BACK IN THE 1940S, THIS WAS DEDICATED AS PUBLIC RIGHT-OF-WAY. DON'T KNOW WHY BUT IT IS.

IT'S A VERY SMALL TRACT IF MY MATH IS CORRECT.

IT'S ABOUT 2,000 SQUARE FEET. IT IS -- IT CURRENTLY EXTENDS BEYOND THE 60-FOOT MINIMUM RIGHT-OF-WAY FOR LYTLE ACRES DRIVE. ABANDONING THAT AND HAVING THAT PROPERTY REPLATED INTO THE ADJACENT PROPERTY WOULD BRING THE RIGHT-OF-WAY OF LYTLE ACRES DRIVE MORE IN LINE WITH OTHER CITY STREETS AROUND TOWN. IE, THE 60-FOOT CONSISTENT RIGHT-OF-WAY FOR LYTLE ACRES DRIVE.

THERE'S NO UTILITIES THERE. THE CITY ISN'T USING THAT PROPERTY, AND THAT'S THE BASIS FOR THE REQUEST TO ABANDON THAT AND HAVE THE OWNERS RE-PLAT THAT INTO THEIR PROPERTIES.

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ZONING MAP SHOWING PRIMARILY RESIDENTIAL IN THAT AREA.

I UNDERSTAND IT IS THE INTENT TO REPLAT THE ABANDONED PROPERTY AND USE THAT AS PART OF A REDEVELOPMENT FOR SINGLE-FAMILY HOMES ON ADJACENT PROPERTY. HERE'S THE GENERAL AREA.

THESE ARE IN YOUR PACKET. AGAIN, STAFF IS RECOMMENDING APPROVAL. THIS DID GO TO THE DEVELOPMENT REVIEW COMMITTEE FOR REVIEW AND RECOMMENDATION AND THEY DID RENDER A SATISFACTORY RECOMMENDATION.

STAFF'S RECOMMENDING APPROVAL, AND IT'S HERE BEFORE YOU TODAY FOR YOUR APPROVAL AS WELL. ANY QUESTIONS ON THAT?

>> MAYOR WILLIAMS: THANK YOU, MR. WARRIX.

QUESTIONS OF MIKE FROM COUNCIL? THANK YOU.

THIS ITEM DOES CALL FOR A PUBLIC HEARING, SO AT THIS TIME, I'LL OPEN UP THE PUBLIC HEARING. IS THERE ANYONE THAT WOULD LIKE TO SPEAK EITHER FOR OR AGAINST THIS ITEM? IF SO, PLEASE COME FORWARD AND GIVE YOUR NAME FOR THE RECORD.

SEEING NO ONE, I'LL CLOSE THE PUBLIC HEARING.

COUNCIL HAVE ANY QUESTION OR COMMENTS? IF NOT, I'LL ACCEPT A MOTION AND SECOND.

MOTION BY COUNCILMEMBER PRICE, A SECOND BY COUNCILMEMBER CRAVER.

ANY FURTHER DISCUSSION? READY TO VOTE.

>> HURT, YES, ALBUS, YES, PRICE, YES, RENTZ, MCALISTER, YES, CRAVER, YES, MAYOR WILLIAMS, YES.

MOTION CARRIES. >> MAYOR WILLIAMS: NOW WE'LL MOVE TO ITEM 21 AND WE'LL ASK THE BRAD STONE, PLANNER, TO

[21. Ordinance (Final Reading) OAM201903: Receive a Report, Hold a Discussion and Public Hearing, and Take Action on proposed amendments to Land Development Code for the City of Abilene, removing the entire text of existing Section 2.4.4.2 in Chapter 2 (Zoning Regulations) and which specifically concerns carports and patio covers, replacing the existing text with a new Section 2.4.4.2 regulating the size, height, placement and architectural character of certain carports and patio covers; adopting new definitions of both “carport” and “patio cover” as those terms appear in Section 5.1.1.4 (34), Chapter 5 (Definitions); and deleting Paragraph 12 of Section 1.4.4.1(d), Chapter 1 (General Provisions) regarding allowing Special Exceptions for carports. (Brad Stone)]

PRESENT THIS ITEM. >> THANK YOU, MR. MAYOR.

MY NAME IS BRAD STONE, AND I AM A PLANNER HERE ON THE STAFF OF THE PLANNING SERVICES DIVISION. AT OUR LAST MEETING, I OFFERED SOME BACKGROUND ABOUT THE PURPOSE AND ORIGIN OF BUILDING SET BACK STANDARDS FROM STREETSIDE LOT BOUNDARIES AND HOW THESE STANDARDS HAVE BEEN APPLIED OR HAVEN'T BEEN APPLIED TO OPEN SIDED CARPORTS AND PATIO COVERS.

OVER THE COURSE OF ABILENE'S 75-YEAR HISTORY WITH ZONING AND ESPECIALLY DURING THE PAST 20 YEARS, ATTITUDES AND REGULATIONS ABOUT THESE MATTERS HAVE CHANGED.

TODAY, I WANT TO DESCRIBE THE SPECIFIC PROPOSAL ON THE TABLE TODAY, WHICH COMES FROM ABILENE'S PLANNING AND ZONING COMMISSION. THESE ARE THEIR RECOMMENDED ORDINANCE AMENDMENTS AND RESULT FROM THEIR DELIBERATIONS ON THIS MATTER, WHICH HAVE TRANSPIRED OVER THE PAST SIX MONTHS.

AT LEAST. COMMISSION MEMBERS DID CONSIDER A VERY WIDE RANGE OF ALTERNATIVE REGULATORY APPROACHES, AND THESE INCLUDE ALLOWING ALL TYPES OF OPEN CARPORTS AND PATIO COVERS, ROUTINELY, WITHIN 5 FEET FROM STREETSIDE BOUNDARIES.

SECOND, THE COMMISSION CONSIDERED ALLOWING OPEN SIDED CARPORTS AND PATIO COVERS IN THE STREETSIDE YARDS ROUTINELY, BUT ONLY IN CERTAIN BROAD AREAS OF THE CITY WHERE THEY'VE BECOME COMMONPLACE. THE COMMISSION ALSO CONSIDERED ALLOWING NO OPEN SIDED CARPORTS OR PATIO COVERS ANY CLOSER TO THE STREET THAN THE PRINCIPAL BUILDING.

DEPENDING UPON THE ZONING DISTRICT AND TYPE OF STREET, THAT SETBACK MIGHT BE ANYWHERE FROM 15 TO 30 FEET FROM THE STREETSIDE LOT BOUNDARY. INCIDENTALLY, THIS IS THE 20TH CENTURY APPROACH THAT WAS IN EFFECT FOR THE FIRST 55 YEARS OF ZONING HERE IN ABILENE. BUT AFTER CONSIDERING THESE AND STILL OTHER ALTERNATIVES, THE PLANNING AND ZONING COMMISSION DECIDED ON A REGULATORY SCHEME THAT CAN BE DESCRIBED AS FOL FOLLOWS: FOR NON-RESIDENTIAL AND MULTIFAMILY RESIDENTIAL PROPERTIES, OPEN SIDED CARPORTS AND PATIO COVERS WILL ROUTINELY BE ALLOWED WITHIN AS FEW AS FIVT BOUNDARIES.

ON HOMESITES OCCUPIED BY SINGLE-FAMILY HOMES OR DUPLEXES, CARPORTS AND PATIO COVERS CAN EXTEND WITHIN AS FEW AS 5 FEET FROM STREET SIDE LOT BOUNDARIES BUT ONLY IF THEY REFLECT SOME ARCHITECTURAL COMPATIBILITY WITH THE PRINCIPAL RESIDENCE ON THE SAME PROPERTY. COMPATIBILITY IN THIS CASE IS DEFINED AS THE PRESENCE OF AT LEAST TWO OF THREE BROADLY DEFINED CHARACTERISTICS. IF YOU'LL BEAR WITH ME, THESE THREE CRITERIA FOR ARCHITECTURAL COMPATIBILITY ARE AS FOLLOWS.

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ONE, THE PITCH OR SLOPE OF THE ROOF LINE MUST BE PHYSICALLY INTEGRATED OR OTHERWISE VISUALLY CONSISTENT WITH THE APPEARANCE OF THE ROOFLINE ON THE PRINCIPAL RESIDENCE.

THE SECOND CRITERION IS THAT THE ROOF COVERING ON THE CARPORT OR PATIO COVER MUST BE SIMILAR IN COLOR AND MATERIAL COMPOSITION TO THE ROOF COVERING ON THE PRINCIPAL RESIDENTIAL BUILDING.

AND THIRD, THE BEAMS OR RAFTERS SUPPORTING THE ROOF COVERING MUST BE MADE OF WOOD OR MADE OF METAL, COVERED FROM EXTERIOR VIEW BY WOOD FASCIA BOARD. NOW THESE ARE THREE CRITERIA, BUT ONLY TWO OUT OF THE THREE MUST BE MET IN ORDER FOR TO BE CONSIDERED ARCHITECTURALLY COMPATIBLE.

THIS WAS IMPORTANT TO THE PLANNING AND ZONING COMMISSION BECAUSE IT OFFERED NOT A VERY STRICT DEFINITION OF ARCHITECTURAL COMPATIBILITY, BUT ONE WHICH OFFERED THE HOMEOWNER OR PROPERTY OWNER SOME MEASURABLE DEGREE OF FLEXIBILITY. LAST BUT NOT LEAST, IN ALL RESIDENTIAL AND SOME SELECT COMMERCIAL DISTRICTS, THERE IS A 12-FOOT HEIGHT LIMIT ON OPEN SIDED CARPORTS.

THIS 12-FOOT HEIGHT LIMIT HAS BEEN A FEATURE OF ABILENE ZONING ORDINANCE FOR AT LEAST 10 YEARS. AND QUITE FRANKLY, THIS LIMIT IS INTENDED TO PROHIBIT EXTRAORDINARILY TALL CARPORTS DESIGNED TO SHELTER EXTRAORDINARILY LARGE RECREATIONAL VEHICLES. WITH THAT SAID, I'LL CLOSE MY REMARKS AND ATTEMPT TO ANSWER ANY QUESTIONS THAT YOU MIGHT HAVE. THANK YOU.

>> MAYOR WILLIAMS: THANK YOU, MR. STONE.

ALWAYS LOVE HIS PRESENTATIONS. QUESTIONS OF THE COUNCIL TO THE

BRAD STONE? >> YOU MENTIONED THE LIMIT ON

THE HEIGHT. >> YES.

>> AND NOT INCLUDING LI FOR AN , SO IF SOMEBODY IS WANTING TO GET THAT, WHAT IS -- IS THERE AN ALLOWANCE FOR THAT, DOES THAT

REQUIRE A VARIANCE OR -- >> IT WOULD BE ALLOWABLE BY APPROVAL OF A VARIANCE FROM THE ZONING BOARD OF ADJUSTMENT, BUT ONLY FROM THE BOARD OF ADJUSTMENT.

THERE ISN'T A HEIGHT LIMIT ON COMPLETELY ENCLOSED GARAGES AND SOME OWNERS FACED WITH THIS 12-FOOT HEIGHT LIMIT AND WANTING TO PARK A BIG RV ON THEIR PROPERTY HAVE CHOSEN TO BUILD A BIG GARAGE INSTEAD OF A CARPORT. YOU BUT THIS 12-FOOT HEIGHT LIMIT IS OSTENSIBLY FOR THE PURPOSE OF PREVENTING LARGE, TALL CARPORTS SPECIFICALLY FOR Y LARGE RECREATIONAL VEHICLES.

OF COURSE THERE'S ALWAYS THE OPTION OF STORING IT SOMEWHERE OTHER THAN YOUR COMMERCIAL RESIDENTIAL, PERHAPS A COMMERCIAL ENVIRONMENT THAT OFFERS THIS FOR RENT.

>> IS THAT ONLY IN FRONT OF YOUR PROPERTY OR THE SIDE OR THE BACK? IS THAT ALLOWED?

>> THAT 12-FOOT HEIGHT LIMIT HAS -- AND AGAIN, IT'S BEEN A PART OF OUR REGULATIONS FOR AT LEAST 10 YEARS, THAT IS A LIMIT

ALL OVER YOUR PROPERTY. >> OKAY.

>> IF IT'S AN OPEN-SIDED CARPORT.

>> MAYOR WILLIAMS: QUESTIONS FOR MR. STONE BEFORE THE PUBLIC HEARING? THANK YOU.

THIS ITEM DOES CALL FOR A PUBLIC HEARING, SO AT THIS TIME, I WILL OPEN UP THE PUBLIC HEARING. IS THERE ANYONE WHO WOULD LIKE TO SPEAK EITHER FOR OR AGAINST THIS ITEM? IF SO, PLEASE COME FORWARD AND GIVE YOUR NAME FOR THE RECORD.

>> THANK YOU, COUNCIL. DAVID SWART.

IT'S QUITE CONFUSING ON THIS. YOU SAY IT'S ARCHITECTURALLY COMPATIBLE AND THE ROOF STUFF HAS TO BE -- WELL, YOU CAN GO ALL OVER TOWN AND YOU CAN SEE JUST METAL CARPORTS THAT ARE JUST OPEN AND EVERYTHING, SO YOU'RE GOING TO GRANDFATHER THOSE IN OR ARE YOU GOING TO START GOING TO EVERY NEIGHBORHOOD AND CRACKING DOWN? IN OUR NEIGHBORHOOD, WE HAVE A GIANT CARPORT WITH AN RV UNDER IT.

I THINK -- I DON'T KNOW, YOU SAID IT'S 12 FEET IS THE LIMIT.

I DON'T KNOW, THAT'S A WHOPPER, ALL I CAN TELL YOU.

BUT IT'S JUST A PLAIN METAL CARPORT, BUT YOU CAN GO DOWN ANY MAJOR THOROUGHFARE AND LIKE CITY MANAGER HANNA SAID BEFORE, THAT'S AN INVESTMENT IN YOUR PROPERTY TO PROTECT YOUR VEHICLES, SO A LOT OF YOU CAN SEE METAL CARPORTS ALL OVER TOWN, SO IT'S KIND OF CONFUSING. IS THIS GOING TO GRANT FATHER THOSE IN OR ARE YOU GOING TO START CRACKING DOWN ON IT AND SAY, WELL, YOU BUILT THAT AND NOW YOU CAN'T HAVE THAT OR SOMETHING. THAT'S THE ONLY THING I WANTED TO POINT OUT IS, AND LIKE YOU SAID ABOUT THE HEIGHT, I DON'T

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KNOW HOW TALL THAT ONE IS IN OUR NEIGHBORHOOD, BUT IT'S GOT A BIG RV UNDER IT. SO OTHER THAN THAT, I MEAN, IT SEEMS LIKE A PRUDENT MEASURE, BUT LIKE IT SAYS, TO HAVE WOOD FASCIA BOARDS ON THAT, I MEAN, THAT'S JUST ON THE RAFTERS OR IS THAT ON THE LEGS, THAT WAS WHAT WAS CONFUSING IN THE PREVIOUS MEETING THAT THIS WAS BROUGHT UP, BUT I JUST WANTED TO KNOW IF IT'S GOING TO OPEN THE CITY UP TO HAVING TO GRANDFATHER THESE OTHER ONES IN. THAT'S ALL THE QUESTIONS I HAD.

THANK YOU, COUNCIL. >> MAYOR, I'M HAPPY TO ANSWER THAT. SO IF THERE IS A CARPORT THAT IS EXISTING THAT WAS PROPERLY PERMITTED AND APPROVED, IT WOULD BE GRANDFATHERED. IF THERE IS A BOOTLEG CARPORT, I THINK THAT'S A TERM WE MAY HAVE USED IN THE PAST BY THE PLANNING DEPARTMENT, WE MAY ACTUALLY START ENFORCING OUR ORDINANCE IN A PROACTIVE WAY WHEN WE BECOME AWARE OF THOSE THINGS AND THEY WOULD EITHER NEED TO COME INTO COMPLIANCE WITH THE ORDINANCE AS ADOPTED OR POTENTIALLY REMOVE THE CARPORT IF WE DECIDED TO TAKE THAT ACTION THAT WOULD REQUIRE LEGAL ACTION ON OUR PART

TO DO SO. >> MAYOR WILLIAMS: THANK YOU, MR. HANNA. AND THE INTENT OF THIS ORDINANCE IS TO MAKE IT EASIER AND PROVIDE CLARITY AND PROVIDE FLEXIBILITY.

>> CORRECT. >> MAYOR WILLIAMS: WE'RE STILL IN THE PUBLIC HEARING. IS THERE ANYONE ELSE WHO WOULD LIKE TO SPEAK EITHER FOR OR GNS THIS ITEM?

>> I KNOW A LOT OF PEOPLE THAT HAVE WORKED -- SORRY.

>> MAYOR WILLIAMS: WE'RE STILL IN THE PUBLIC HEARING, ANYONE ELSE THAT WANTS TO SPEAK EITHER FOR OR AGAINST THIS ITEM?

>> MAYOR, COUNCIL, MY NAME IS CHARLES BERN.

I THINK IT'S TOO MUCH OF A GOVERNMENT OVERREACH THAT WE SEE. I THINK IF SOMEONE HAS AN RV, PER SE, OR A BIGGER VEHICLE, I THINK THE GOVERNMENT SHOULD STAY OUT OF PEOPLE'S PERSONAL LIVES. I THINK AS MR. STONE HAS SAID, TO GO OUT AND HAVE TO PAY FEES TO HAVE YOUR RV SOMEPLACE ELSE, I DON'T THINK THAT A PERSON ON THEIR PROPERTY SHOULD HAVE TO TAKE THEIR OWN PERSONAL VEHICLE THAT THEY GO TRAVELING WITH TO ANOTHER PLACE TO SPEND MORE MONEY, SO I WOULD ASK THAT YOU RE-LOOK AT THIS AND BASICALLY STAY OUT OF PEOPLE'S LIVES AND LET THEM BE THE CITIZENS OF ABILENE.

SO I WOULD ASK THAT YOU VOTE NOT TO DO THIS.

>> I WOULD LIKE TO RESPOND TO POINT OUT THAT WE ALREADY HAVE AN ORDINANCE IN PLACE RIGHT NOW, AND FOR ANYONE TO DO A CARPORT, THEY HAVE TO GO THROUGH A PROCESS WHERE THEY GET PERMISSION FROM THE CITY AND THEY HAVE TO PAY, IS IT $400? AND THEN IT GOES TO THE BOARD, SO THERE'S A DELAY WHILE THEY WAIT FOR THE NEXT BOARD MEETING, AND IT HAS TO GET APPROVED FROM THAT AND THEY HAVE TO PAY $400 BEFORE THEY CAN START DOING ANYTHING. THIS REMOVES THAT $400 COST, AND IT STREAMLINES IT WHERE THEY CAN JUST COME IN, GET THE BUILDING PERMIT AND CAN GET STARTED ON THE WORK.

SO WE'RE ACTUALLY STEPPING BACK SOME OF THE GOVERNMENT

RESTRICTIONS. >> BUT AS WE KNOW, MOST RVS

ARE BIGGER THAN 12 FEET TALL. >> AND WHAT WE'RE BALANCING IS THAT THERE ARE NEIGHBORS THAT HAVE CONCERNS AND THERE'S A PROCESS THEY CAN GO THROUGH TO GET A VARIANCE, BUT THAT THEN BRINGS IN EFFECT PUBLIC NOTICE AND THINGS LIKE THAT SO THERE'S AN OPPORTUNITY FOR THE PEOPLE THAT WOULD BE IMPACTED BY THAT BIG OF A VEHICLE STORED AND IMPACTING THEIR USE OF THEIR PROPERTY. IT'S A BALANCE.

SO -- BUT WE'RE ACTUALLY, I GUESS, VOTING TO REMOVE SOME OF

THOSE GOVERNMENT RESTRICTIONS. >> MAYOR WILLIAMS: I WOULD JUST ADD TO THAT THAT THERE IS A MECHANISM THAT WILL I ALLOW AN , IT'S JUST ANOTHER BODY, BOARD OF ADJUSTMENTS, THAT WE HAVE OTHER CITIZENS, SO IT'S NOT A RESTRICTION, IN FACT BEFORE US IS A MORE -- AN EASIER WAY FOR A CARPORT TO BE CONSTRUCTED AND DOESN'T MAKE THINGS HARDER FOR AN RV.

APPRECIATE YOUR COMMENTS. >> THANK YOU.

>> MAYOR WILLIAMS: WE'RE STILL IN A PUBLIC HEARING.

IS THERE ANYONE THAT WISHES TO SPEAK EITHER FOR OR AGAINST THIS ITEM? SEEING NO ONE, I'LL CLOSE THE PUBLIC HEARING. DOES COUNCIL HAVE ANY ADDITIONAL

QUESTION OR COMMENTS? >> YES, I'D LIKE TO SAY I KNOW A LOT OF PEOPLE WORKED REAL HARD TO GET TO THIS POINT.

IT LOOKS LIKE A PRETTY GOOD COMPROMISE.

WE'VE GOT TO REMEMBER PEOPLE WHO DON'T WANT METAL CARPORTS IN THEIR STREETS IN THEIR NEIGHBORHOOD, THEY HAVE RIGHTS TOO, AND THIS IS PROTECTING THE RIGHTS OF 90% OF THE PEOPLE WHO DON'T HAVE ONE, DON'T WANT ONE, AND YET LET THOSE THAT WANT ONE DO IT RIGHT. SO I THINK IT'S GOOD.

>> MAYOR WILLIAMS: IT'S BEEN A MULTI-YEAR CONVERSATION AS A

COMMUNITY. >> LONG TIME.

>> MAYOR WILLIAMS: AND IT WAS REALLY -- THE INTENT WAS TO REALLY ADDRESS SOME IN OUR COMMUNITY WHO HAVE A SIGNIFICANT

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NEED FOR A CARPORT AND THIS IS A BETTER WAY TO DO IT.

>> FOR THE BENEFIT OF PEOPLE WHO ARE WATCHING THIS LIVE OR COME BACK AND WATCH IT LATER, CAN WE ADVANCE THE SLIDE TO THE ONE THAT HAS THE DIFFERENT CARPORTS WHERE YOU HAVE THE EXAMPLE OF ONE THAT DOESN'T COMPLY AND DO YOU WANT TO MENTION THAT REAL

QUICK, BRAD? >> UNDER THE TERMS AND CONDITIONS OF THE ARCHITECTURAL COMPATIBILITY STANDARDS THAT HAVE BEEN PROPOSED BY THE PLANNING AND ZONING COMMISSION, CARPORT A WOULD NOT COMPLY. IT'S ALL METAL, THE ROOF IS NOT COMPATIBLE, IT DOES EXHIBIT SOME SLOPE, BUT NO, IT'S NOT GOING TO COMPLY. BUT CARPORTS B AND C COULD CONCEIVABLY COMPLY. THES PHOTHESE PHOTOS WERE TAKENM SOME OTHER COMMUNITY IN SOME OTHER STATE, THEY WERE NOT IN ABILENE, BUT IT DOES PROVIDE A GOOD EXAMPLE.

>> THANK YOU, BRAD. >> MAYOR WILLIAMS: ADDITIONAL QUESTIONS FROM THE COUNCIL BEFORE A MOTION AND A SECOND? DID I CLOSE THE PUBLIC HEARING YET?

>> YOU DID, SIR, YES. >> MAYOR WILLIAMS: DON'T CONFUSE ME. ALL RIGHT.

SO COUNCIL, ANY MORE QUESTIONS? I'LL ACCEPT A MOTION AND A

SECOND. >> SO MOVED.

>> MAYOR WILLIAMS: MOTION BY COUNCILMEMBER ALBUS AND A SECOND BY COUNCILMEMBER RENTZ. ANY FURTHER DISCUSSION?

WE'RE READY TO VOTE. >> HURT, YES, ALBUS, YES, PRICE, YES, RENTZ, YES, MCALISTER, YES, CRAVER, YES, MAYOR WILLIAMS, YES. MOTION CARRIES.

>> MAYOR WILLIAMS: WE'LL NOW MOVE TO THE PUBLIC COMMENT

[PUBLIC COMMENTS]

PERIOD. THERE WILL BE NO VOTES OR ANY FORMAL ACTIONS TAKEN ON SUBJECT PRESENTED DURING PUBLIC COMMENT.

THE PUBLIC COMMENT PERIOD WILL ONLY ALLOW MEMBERS OF THE PUBLIC TO PRESENT IDEAS AND INFORMATION TO CITY OFFICIALS AND STAFF.

WE DO HAVE THREE CARDS. WE'LL GO IN THAT ORDER AND I'LL LET COUNCILMEMBER HURT READ THOSE NAMES IN THE ORDER THEY WERE GIVEN. THERE WILL BE A 3-MINUTE LIMIT ON ALL THAT WILL PRESENT DURING THE PUBLIC COMMENT PERIOD.

>> FIRST IS DAVID SWART. >> ONCE AGAIN, DAVID SWART.

THANK YOU, COUNCIL. PREVIOUSLY, SEVERAL YEARS AGO, IN OUR NEIGHBORHOOD, WE'D HAVE A MOTOR OFFICER OR EVEN A PERSON IN A CROWN VIC, THEY WOULD BE PARKED IN OUR NEIGHBORHOOD MONITORING TRAFFIC ALONG NORTH THIRD.

WELL, YOU MAY NOT KNOW IT, SO THAT THERE WAS A SPECTACULAR COLLISION ON NORTH THIRD ABOUT THREE WEEKS AGO THAT SOMEBODY LEFT A PICKUP WRAPPED AROUND MY TREE AND RAN AWAY.

THEY TOOK OUT AN AT&T FIBEROPTIC LINE THAT HAS A PLATE ON THE DEAL, IT SAYS UNDER PENALTY OF LAW, DO NOT INTERRUPT THIS SERVICE. THIS IS 911.

WELL, THE DRIVER RAN AWAY, AND I'VE GOT THE POLICE REPORT RIGHT HERE. BASICALLY THERE'S NO CONCLUSION TO IT, WHAT THEY DID ABOUT IT. YOU KNOW, THAT TRUCK COULD HAVE EASILY SMASHED INTO MY PROPERTY. THIS IS THE SECOND TIME IN LESS THAN THREE YEARS A TRUCK IS ALMOST TAKEN OUT MY HOUSE.

ABOUT TWO -- ALMOST THREE YEARS AGO, THE TRUCK MISSED THE POLE AND THE TREE AND WENT BETWEEN THROUGH THE BACKYARD, SMASHED IN THE POLE, KNOCKED OUT POWER FOR 10 SQUARE BLOCKS.

BUT IN THAT REPORT, I GUESS BECAUSE THE GUY RAN INTO THREE OTHER VEHICLES AND MY PROPERTY, THEY SAID HE WAS TAKEN INTO CUSTODY AT HIS RESIDENCE. THIS ONE IS JUST OPEN-ENDED.

IT DOESN'T SAY ANYTHING, WHETHER THERE WAS ANY CONSEQUENCES.

SO A FRIEND OF MINE HAD BEEN DRIVING IN THE DOWNTOWN AREA AND WAS STRUCK BY ANOTHER VEHICLE, AND THEY ACTUALLY TRIED TO RUN AWAY, AND HE GOT HIM STOPPED, BUT I DON'T KNOW WHY I HAD TO GO IN AND MAKE A PHONE CALL, WHEN HE CAME BACK, THE PARTY HAD LEFT, AND THE OFFICER'S TAKE WAS, WELL, MORE OR LESS NOW ON HIT-AND-RUNS IS, THEY GET AWAY, IT'S -- REPORT TO YOUR INSURANCE. BUT LIKE I SAID, THAT'S -- AT&T WAS OUT THERE TWO NIGHTS UP UNTIL 1:00 A.M., RUNNING A GENERATOR TRYING TO FIX THIS FIBEROPTIC LINE.

THEY HAD CABLE IN MY YARD FOR EIGHT DAYS, A POLE THAT WAS STILL OUT THERE. THEY WERE REAL NICE ABOUT IT, I CALLED AND THEY SAID, YEAH, WE'LL GET THAT POLE OUT OF THE YARD, BUT I THINK THEY SHOULD IMPLEMENT THAT AGAIN.

IT WAS CALLED STEP, AND WHEN I GOT THIS REPORT AT THAT DAY AT THE POLICE STATION, I WAS GOING TO TALK TO THE HEAD H HONCHO ABT IT, BUT THERE WAS TWO GUYS STRIKINGLY HAD BLUE SHIRTS ON IN

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FRONT OF ME, AND I THOUGHT, THAT'S REALLY WEIRD, AND THEY HAD TWO BOXES OF DONUTS AND I'M BEING SERIOUS AND THEY SAID, WE WANT TO DROP THESE OFF FOR THE HEAD HONCHO.

I FIGURED AFTER THAT, TRYING TO FOLLOW DONUTS WAS NOT GONNA HAPPEN. SO THAT'S WHY I BROUGHT THE REPORT WITH ME TODAY. THANK YOU, COUNCIL.

>> NEXT IS BERNADETTE DEMBOSKI. >> GOOD MORNING.

MY NAME IS BERNADETTE DEMBOSKI. I AM HERE REGARDING THE ROAD THAT GOES ACROSS THE DAM AT LAKE FORT PHANTOM.

INITIALLY MY CONCERN WAS THE SAFETY.

NOW THEY HAVE SHUT THE ROAD DOWN.

I LIVE ON THE EAST SIDE OF THE DAM BASICALLY ON THE SPILLWAY.

SO FIRE OR THE SHERIFF HAS TO DETOUR NOW TO GET TO IT.

THIS PUTS THEIR RESPONSE TIME AT ANYWHERE BETWEEN AN HOUR AND A HALF TO TWO HOURS TO GET TO ME. SO THAT'S MY CONCERN RIGHT NOW, AND ANYTHING Y'ALL CAN DO TO HELP US IN THAT REGARD, WE WOULD APPRECIATE. THANK YOU.

>> CAN I SAY SOME FACTUAL RESPONSES TO THAT?

>> FACTUAL RESPORNTION YES, SIR. >> I WANT TO FACTUALLY STATE THE CITY OF ABILENE DOES NOT MAINTAIN THAT ROAD, THE STATE OF TEXAS HAS CLOSED THAT ROAD. THERE ARE PAVEMENT CONDITIONS OF THAT ROAD, IT'S VERY CLEAR. THE CITY OF ABILENE, STATE OF TEXAS HAVE HAD AT LEAST TWO CONVERSATIONS ABOUT WHAT WE NEED TO DO TO MOVE THAT PROJECT FORWARD FASTER THAN WE HAD ORIGINALLY ANTICIPATED BECAUSE OF THE PAVEMENT CONDITION.

WE ARE IN THE PROCESS OF DOING THAT NOW.

NOW, DOESN'T MEAN IT'S GOING TO HAPPEN TOMORROW OR THE NEXT DAY, BUT I DO WANT YOU TO KNOW THAT WE AREN'T JUST SAYING, OH, WELL, WE'LL GET AROUND TO IT SOMETIME. WE'RE ACTIVELY IN THE PROCESS OF GETTING IT FIXED. SO THERE'S ENGINEERING DESIGN TO BE DONE, MONEY TO BE FOUND AND CONTRACTS TO BE LET, SO IT'S GOING TO TAKE SOME TIME, BUT WE'RE WORKING ON IT.

I WILL ALSO SAY THE DAM IS NOT FAILING.

THAT STATEMENT WAS MADE BY SOMEBODY IN THE PAST, I'M NOT SURE WHO. I DON'T CARE WHO, IT'S MORE IMPORTANT TO THE FROM MY CONCERN TO RECOGNIZE THE DAM IS SOUND AND IT'S NOT FAILING. THANK YOU FOR YOUR TIME.

>> NEXT IS CYNTHIA ALBEDRIS. >> GOOD MORNING, MY NAME IS CYNTHIA ALBEDRIS ON MARCH 320TH TWN I WAS CONTACTED WITH A RESIDENT WITH EXTREME ANXIETY ABOUT ROAD CONDITIONS.

I INVESTIGATED THEIR CONCERNS. MY INSPECTION REVEALED THAT FARM TO MARKET ROAD 1082 WAS UNFAVORABLE AND DID APPEAR TO HAVE VISIBLE ROAD DAMAGES. CERTAIN AREAS OF FARM TO MARKET ROAD 1082 HAVE EXPERIENCED SEPARATION THAT MEASURES MORE THAN A FOOT 1/2 IN DEPTH. I IMMEDIATELY REACHED OUT TO THE TEXAS DEPARTMENT OF TRANSPORTATION, DUE TO THE ROAD BEING SECONDARY HIGHWAY AND FALLING UNDER THE TEXAS DEPARTMENT OF TRANSPORTATION'S JURISDICTION.

THE TEXAS DEPARTMENT OF TRANSPORTATION REVEALED THAT THE FORT FAMILIAR TON HILL DAM WAS IN FACT FAILING AND IT DID NOT MEET THE STANDARDS SET FORTH BY THE STATE OF TEXAS.

THE CITY OF ABILENE POSSESSES OWNERSHIP AND JURISDICTION OVER THE FORT PHANTOM DAM. THAT CITY COUNCIL HAS PROPERLY FAILED TO MAINTAIN THE DAM. THE ABILENE CITY COUNCIL'S IN ADDITION CASSIES LONG WITH THEIR DEFICIENCIES TO PROPERLY MAINTAINING THE DAM HAS NOW RESULTED WITH THE TEXAS DEPARTMENT OF TRANSPORTATION BEING UNABLE TO PERFORM ROUTINE MAINTENANCE ON FARM TO MARKET ROAD 1082.

THUS RESULTING IN THE PERMANENT CLOSURE OF THE FARM TO MARKET ROAD 1082. THE CITY OF ABILENE'S NEGLIGENCE AND EGO CENTRIC LEADERSHIP HAS NOW CAUSED ITS CITIZENS TO EXPERIENCE MASSIVE BURDENS THAT ARE DISRUPTIVE AND UNWARRANTED.

FAMILIES WITH SCHOOL AGED CHILDREN IN BOTH ABILENE AND HAWLEY SCHOOL DISTRICTS ARE NOW HAVING TO FIND ALTERNATIVE ROUTES THAT ADD MORE THAN 40 MILES TO THEIR DAILY COMMUTES, 40 EXTRA MILES TO THEIR DAILY COMMUTES.

SMALL BUSINESSES SUCH AS THE LAKE STORE ARE NOW ON THE VERGE OF GOING OUT OF BUSINESS, EMERGENCY MEDICAL SERVICES AND FIREFIGHTERS ARE EXPERIENCING A 20 TO 25 MINUTE DELAYED RESPONSE TIME. PATIENTS' LIVES ARE ON THE LINE.

ALL OF THAT AT THE HANDS OF A CITY COUNCIL WHO SEEMS TO BE MORE INTERESTED IN UTILIZING THE TAXPAYER DOLLAR TO FUND PROJECTS THAT WILL CATAPULT THEIR POLITICAL CAREERS RATHER THAN EMPLOY THE MONEY THEY HAVE SEIZED FROM ABILENE CITIZENS TO SOLIDIFY INFRASTRUCTURE AND SAFETY.

I AM REQUESTING THAT THE ABILENE CITY COUNCIL IMMEDIATELY RELEASE DOCUMENTS TO THE PUBLIC VIA NEWS MEDIA, SOCIAL MEDIA, ANY KIND OF OUTLETS REGARDING THE EXACT DATES AS TO WHEN THE CITY OF ABILENE WAS NOTIFIED BY THE TEXAS DEPARTMENT OF TRANSPORTATION THAT THE FORT FAMILIAR TON HILL DAM WAS NO

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LONGER ABLE TO MEET THE STANDARDS SET FORTH BY THE STATE OF TENSION AS. IN CLOSING I WOULD LIKE TO REMIND THE ABILENE CITY COUNCIL OF CHAPTER 552 OF THE TEXAS GOVERNMENT CODE WHICH STATES: UNDER THE FUNDAMENTAL PHILOSOPHY OF THE AMERICAN CONSTITUTIONAL FORM OF REPRESENTATIVE GOVERNMENT THAT ADHERES TO THE PRINCIPAL THAT THE GOVERNMENT IS THE SERVANT AND NOT THE MASTER OF THE PEOPLE.

IT IS THE POLICY OF THIS STATE THAT EACH PERSON IS ENTITLED UNLESS OTHERWISE EXPRESSLY PROVIDED BY LAW AT ALL TIMES TO COMPLETE INFORMATION ABOUT AFFAIRS OF GOVERNMENT AND THE OFFICIAL ACTS OF PUBLIC OFFICIALS AND EMPLOYEES.

THE PEOPLE IN DELEGATING AUTHORITY DO NOT GIVE THEIR PUBLIC SERVANTS THE RIGHT TO DECIDE WHAT IS GOOD FOR THE PEOPLE TO KNOW AND WHAT IS NOT GOOD FOR THEM TO KNOW.

THE PEOPLE INSIST ON REMAINING INFORMED SO THAT THEY MAY RETAIN CONTROL OVER THE INSTRUMENTS THEY CREATED.

>> MAYOR, IF I MAY ALSO MAKE SOME FACTUAL STATEMENTS.

THIS TEX DOT IS NOT AN AUTHORITY THAT SAYS IF THE DAM IS FAILING OR NOT FAILING. WE OWN THE DAM, WE MAINTAIN THE DAM. WE HAVE ENGINEERING STUDIES THAT HAVE BEEN DONE, BOTH FOR THIS DAM AND ALSO LAKE HERBY DAM THAT SAY THE DAMS ARE STRUCTURALLY SOUND AND NOT FAILING.

I ALSO HAVE AN EMAIL FROM THE STATE OF TEXAS, TEX DOT, STATING THAT THEY NEVER MADE THAT STATEMENT, THEY DON'T KNOW WHERE THAT STATEMENT CAME FROM. I'M NOT SUGGESTING THAT SOMEBODY YOU HAD CALLED SAID THAT, I'M JUST SAYING THAT THE PEOPLE IN CHARGE OF THAT AREA HAVE SAID THAT'S NOT WHAT WE SAID.

SO I'M NOT GOING TO GET IN A TIT FOR TAT.

I'M GOING TO SAY THE DAM IS SOUND, IT'S NOT IN DANGER OF FAILING. THE ROAD IS A PROBLEM.

IT'S BEEN A PROBLEM FOR YEARS. ANYBODY WHO DRIVES ACROSS IT WILL HAVE TOLD YOU THAT ROAD IS A PROBLEM.

TEX DOT AND THE CITY HAVE GONE BACK AND FORTH ABOUT THE MAINTENANCE OF THAT ROAD. TEX DOT AGREES IT'S THEIR ROAD TO MAINTAIN, AND THE CITY AND TEX DOT ARE WORKING TOGETHER TO MAKE SURE THAT CAN HAPPEN AS QUICKLY AS POSSIBLE.

>> MAYOR WILLIAMS: ANY MORE CARDS? WE'RE STILL IN A PUBLIC COMMENT PERIOD AND WOULD LIKE ANYONE WHO WOULD LIKE TO PARTICIPATE TO TAKE ADVANTAGE OF THE OPPORTUNITY. SEEING NO ONE, I'LL CLOSE THE PUBLIC COMMENT PERIOD. IT IS NOW 10:13 A.M.

[EXECUTIVE SESSION]

WE'LL RECESS IN EXECUTIVE SESSION PURSUANT TO THE OPEN MEETINGS ACT SECTION 55 WIN 1.071 WITH OUR ATTORNEY, SECTION 551.072, DELIBERATIONS ABOUT REAL PROPERTY.

SECTION 551.073 DELIBERATIONS ABOUT GIFTS AND DONATIONS, SECTION 551.074, PERSONNEL MATTERS, EAKTION 551.076; DELIBERATION ABOUT SECURITY DEVICES, SECTION 551.087, DELIBERATION ABOUT BUSINESS WE RECONVENE TO OPEN SESSION. NO VOTES WERE TAKEN IN EXECUTIVE SECTION. WE'LL NOW MOVE TO ITEM 23.

[23. Resolution: Receive a Report, Hold a Discussion and Public Hearing, and Take Action on Approving the Development Corporation of Abilene, Inc.'s Incentive Package Agreement with Project Gateway (Misty Mayo)]

AND I'M GOING TO -- SHE'S ON HER WAY, BY THE WAY.

MISSY IS GOING TO PRESENT THIS AND SHE IS ON HER WAY.

SO MISTY WE ARE ALL SET AND TEED UP FOR YOU ON ITEM NUMBER 23.

WE'LL ALLOW YOU TO PRESENT THIS ITEM.

WAITING FOR ME. MAYOR, AND COUNCIL MEMBERS, AND TWO THE PUBLIC, I AM HAPPY ON BEHALF OF THE DEVELOPMENT CORPORATION OF ABILENE'S BOARD OF DIRECTORS TO PRESENT THE FOLLOWING TWO PROJECTS FOR CONSIDERATION AND APPROVAL BY THE CITY COUNCIL. AS THE STEPS REQUIRE, THE DEVELOPMENT CORPORATION OF ABILENE'S BOARD HAS APPROVED BOTH OF THESE PROJECTS AND I BRING IT TO YOU ALL FOR YOUR APPROVAL SO WE CAN MOVE FORWARD IN CONSIDERATION OF NEGOTIATION AND NEGOTIATIONS WITH THE CORRESPONDING COMPANIES.

YOU KNOW, REALLY EVERYTHING IS ECONOMIC DEVELOPMENT.

THE SCHOOL SYSTEM, THE PARK SYSTEMS, WHAT YOU ALL DO EVERY DAY TO LEAD OUR COMMUNITY. HOWEVER, WHAT THE DEVELOPMENT CORPORATION OF ABILENE DOES IS WE'RE CHARGED WITH INCREASING

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CAPITAL INVESTMENT THAT WILL CONTRIBUTE TO GROWING PRIMARY JOBS. THAT'S WITHIN THREE PILLARS THAT WE CONSIDER ALL PROJECTS. BUSINESS ATTRACTION IS NEW PROJECTS FROM OUTSIDE OF THE COMMUNITY.

BUSINESS RETENTION AND EXPANSION IS THE EXISTING LOCAL COMPANIES, HOW WE HELP THEM GROW AND PROSPER.

AND ENTREPRENEURIAL ARE THOSE STARTUP COMPANIES.

COMPANIES THAT HAVE THE ENTREPR ENTREPRENEURIAL/ENTREPRENEURSHIP COMMITMENT.

MARKETING AND BRAND AWARENESS AS WELL AS WORKFORCE AND TALENT DEPARTMENT CONTRIBUTE TO ALL THREE OF THOSE.

THIS PROJECT IS CALLED PROJECT GATEWAY.

THE NAME OF THE COMPANY IS C CHCH CHICK. IT IS A STARTUP COMPANY THAT BEGAN IN 2010. IT IS A LOCAL EXISTING COMPANY OWNED BY JASON HODGES AND REMY. THEY OPENED A MANUFACTURING LINE IN 2010 AND THEY CONTINUE TO GROW WITH THE NEED FOR THEIR NEXT LEVEL BLENDING OPERATION. THEY MANUFACTURE A NUTRITIONAL DRINK THAT HAS ALL SORTS OF VERY TASTY I MIGHT ADD FLAVORS FRM FROM CHOCOLATE BLISS, AS YOU SEE, TO COFFEE.

THE WHOLE EFFORT THEY PUT BEHIND THEIR PASSION AND WHEN THEY TELL THEIR STORY IS ABOUT BLENDING SOMETHING THAT COULD BE A SUBSTITUTE, A NUTRITIONAL SUBSTITUTE FOR YOUR COFFEE.

THEIR CURRENT FACILITIES ARE SEVERELY, SEVERELY LIMITING THEIR GROWTH. THEY DESIRE TO EXPAND THEIR OPERATION IN A LOCATION THAT THEY CAN CONTINUE TO GROW IN WHICH WILL ALLOW THEM TO NOT ONLY MANUFACTURE, IT WILL ALLOW THEM TO WAREHOUSE THEIR PRODUCT IN THEIR EFFORTS FOR THEIR DISTRIBUTION. AND, MORE IMPORTANTLY, THE NEW LOCATION WILL BECOME THEIR CORPORATE HEADQUARTERS.

THEY INTEND TO ADD 46 JOBS IN A THREE-YEAR SPAN.

BEYOND THAT, THE COMPANY IS ACTUALLY CONSIDERING AND SHOWS A GROWTH PRA JACKEDRY THAT WILL -- TRAJECTORY THAT WILL ADD EVEN MORE JOBS. BUT THIS PROJECT CONSIDERATION IS FOR THREE YEARS FOR THE 46 JOBS.

YOU'LL SEE THOUGH THAT I'VE INDICATED WHAT THEY'RE ESTIMATING THEIR OVERALL NEW PGA ROLL TO BE OVER TEN YEARS WHICH WOULD BE $9.8 MILLION. THE BLUE HIGHLIGHTED WILL SHOW YOU THEIR EXISTING MANUFACTURING AND WAREHOUSE FACILITIES.

THEY ARE JUST ON TOP OF THEMSELVES.

SO THE NEW FACILITY THAT THEY ARE CONSIDERING PURCHASING OR ARE IN THE PROCESS OF CONSIDERATION IS 2121 EAST STANFORD. YOU ALL MIGHT KNOW THIS AS THE FORMER ZERN INDUSTRIES BUILDING ALONG I-20.

SO THE FACT THAT WE HAVE A EXI EXISTING COMPANY THAT'S STARTUP MODE, WANTING TO TAKE AN OLD, VACANT BUILDING ON A MAJOR THOROUGHFARE FOR ABILENE AND UPDATE THAT AND BRING IN A CORPORATE HEADQUARTERS IS A VERY EXCITING THING. HERE ARE THE SOURCE OF THEIR FUNDS. A BANK LOAN AS WELL AS PARTICIPATION WITH THE DCOA BY WAY OF A THREE-YEAR FORGIVABLE LOAN. THAT LOAN IS TIED TO THE CREATION OF THE 46 JOBS OVER THE THEIR COMMITMENT TO INCREASING AT AN AVERAGE OF ABOUT $13 AN HOUR.

>> COUNCILMEMBER: YOUR ECONOMIC BENEFIT OF $846,000 A YEAR FOR

TEN YEARS >> SPEAKER: YES, SIR, AND THAT'S INDIRECT AS WELL AS DIRECT IMPACT.

>> COUNCILMEMBER: IT WAS A $9.8 MILLION ESTIMATED PAYROLL

BENEFIT IN TWO-YEAR PERIOD. >> SPEAKER: YES, SIR.

THOSE, AGAIN, ARE NOT JOBS -- THOSE ARE JOBS BEYOND THE 46 AS WELL. YES, SIR.

>> MAYOR: ANY QUESTIONS BEFORE THE PUBLIC HEARING.

THIS ITEM DOES CALL FOR A PUBLIC HEARING.

SO, AT THIS TIME, I WILL OPEN UP THE PUBLIC HEARING.

IS THERE ANYONE WHO WOULD LIKE TO SPEAK EITHER FOR OR AGAINST THIS ITEM? IF SO, PLEASE STYOUR NAME FOR T

RECORD. >> PUBLIC SPEAKER: THANK YOU, COUNCIL. DAVID SCHWARTZ.

IT WAS KIND OF VAGUE ON THE QUICK PRESENTATION.

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IS THIS GOING TO BE IN THE OLD U.S. BRASS LOCATION?

>> MAYOR: BECAUSE YES. >> PUBLIC SPEAKER: BECAUSE I'VE HEARD SOME SCUTTLEBUTT THERE'S ACTIVITY OUT THERE.

I JUST WANTED A CLARIFICATION. IT JUST SAID ALONG THE INTERSTATE BUT IT WASN'T MENTIONED IF IT WAS ON STANFORD OVERLAND. IF IT DID, I MISSED IT.

>> MAYOR: THAT'S CORRECT. YES.

YOU ARE RIGHT. >> PUBLIC SPEAKER: OKAY.

WELL THAT IS GREAT THEN BECAUSE THAT BUILDING HAS BEEN SITTING VACANT A LONG TIME. YEARS AGO MY AUNT WORKED OUT THERE. THAT IS A GOOD THING.

REPURPOSE A BUILDING. THAT'S ALL I HAVE, COUNCIL.

>> MAYOR: WE'RE STILL IN THE PUBLIC HEARING.

IS THERE ANYONE ELSE? SEEING NO ONE ELSE, I'LL CLOSE THE PUBLIC HEARING. DOES COUNCIL HAVE ANY ADDITIONAL COMMENTS OR QUESTIONS? I WILL ACCEPT A MOTION AND A SECOND. WE HAVE A MOTION BY COUNCILMAN HURT AND A SECOND BY COUNCILMAN ALBUS.

WE'RE READY TO VOTE.

MOTION CARRIES >> MAYOR: ITEM 24.

[24. Resolution: Receive a Report, Hold a Discussion and Public Hearing, and Take Action on Approving the Development Corporation of Abilene, Inc.'s Incentive Package Agreement with Project Threshold (Misty Mayo)]

WE'LL ASK MISTY MAYO TO PRESENT THIS ITEM.

>> SPEAKER: THANK YOU, MAYOR AND COUNCIL MEMBERS.

YOU WILL SEE THE THREE PILLARS. THIS FALLS UNDER BUSINESS ATTRACTION WHICH IS A NEW COMPANY FROM OUTSIDE OF OUR MARKET. THIS COMPANY IS PROJECT THRESHOLD WHICH IS BAVARIAN POLYMERS.

THEY STARTED IN 2005. THEY HAVE A FACILITY IN DIXON, TENNESSEE. THEIR PLAN IS TO LOCAL A FACILITY IN ABILENE. AND THAT IS IN ADDITION TO THEIR DIXON, TENNESSEE FACILITY. AND IT IS NECESSITATED BECAUSE OF THEIR CUSTOMERS ON THE WEST COAST.

THEY WANTED SOMETHING CLOSER AND EVEN MORE IMPORTANTLY THEY WANTED SOMETHING IN TEXAS. ABILENE HAD THE OPPORTUNITY TO PITCH AN EXISTING BUILDING BECAUSE OF A PARTNERSHIP WE HAVE WITH AEP THAT IDENTIFIES EXISTING VACANT BUILDINGS.

IT IS A VERY STRONG COMPANY WITHIN THE PLASTER EXTRUSION BUSINESS SERVING TWO FORTUNE 500 CUSTOMERS OF WHICH CLAYTON HOLMES IS ONE OF THEIR LARGEST CUSTOMERS.

THIS IS THEIR EXISTING FACILITY IN DIXON, TENNESSEE.

THE PROJECT ACTUALLY ESTIMATES 19 NEW EMPLOYEES.

AN ANNUAL WAGE OF $37,440. AND AN ANNUAL PAYROLL OVER TEN YEARS OF $7.9 MILLION. THEY'RE LOOKING TO INVEST $500,000 IN BUILDING IMPROVEMENTS AND MODIFICATIONS.

AND THEN I WILL SHOW YOU THE BREAKDOWN OF THE OTHER EXPENSES AS WELL. THEY ARE LOOKING TO PURCHASE AN EXISTING BUILDING FROM THE DCOA. YOU WILL SEE ON THE MAP I HAVE UP SHOWS YOU A 40,000 SQUARE FOOT BUILDING IN THE BOTTOM RIGHT-HAND CORNER. 8.8 ACRES.

SLIGHTLY -- THERE'S THE ACTUAL BUILDING.

IT'S SLIGHTLY LARGER THAN 8.8 ACRES.

THE NEXT SLIDE WILL SHOW YOU EXA EXACTLY. THE FIRST ARROW IS THE ACREAGE AND THEN THE SECOND ARROW AT THE BOTTOM IS THE ADDITIONAL ACHE RANK THAT MAKES UP THE 8.8-PLUS ACRES.

THE BUILDING IS IN THE MIDDLE. THE NEED FOR THE ACREAGE IS BECAUSE THE COMPANY IS COMMITTED TO EXPANDING THEIR OPERATION.

IT'S ALWAYS EXCITING WHEN WE CAN LOCATE A COMPANY FROM OUTSIDE OF THE MARKET THAT'S ALREADY CONCERNED AND WANTING TO MAKE A COMMITMENT TO EXPANSION. SO, THEY'RE LOOKING AT THAT CONSIDERATION WITH THE ACREAGE ALONG WITH THE BUILDING.

YOU ALL MIGHT KNOW THIS BUILDING AS A FULL WILDER BUILDING.

IT IS ONE OF THREE BUILDINGS THE DCOA OWNS IN OUR FIVE POINTS INDUSTRIAL PARK. THE COMPANY IS LOOKING AT A MINIMUM OF $3.2 MILLION IN CAPITAL INVESTMENT.

THEY PLAN TO -- YOU SEE AT THE TOP THE SOURCES OF INCOME.

THEY PLAN TO INVEST WITH THEIR CASH $570,000.

THEY PLAN TO LEVERAGE A LOAN FROM THE DCOA.

THAT IS A LOAN TO PURCHASE THE BUILDING AND LAND.

THAT PURCHASE IS A 10-YEAR LOAN WITH 2.25 PERCENT INTEREST.

THAT'S $630,000. THE ACTUAL PURCHASE OF THE BUILDING AND THE LAND IS $700,000 TOTAL.

THE COMPANY WILL PUT DOWN $70,000 CASH.

A TOTAL BANK LOAN OF $2 MILLION. SO THAT CASH INDICATED $570,000, 70 OF THAT IS WHAT WE CONSIDER THE 10 PERCENT OF THE COST OF THE BUILDING WITH THE LAND. YOU WILL SEE IT'S BROKEN DOWN A LITTLE BIT EASIER TO SEE ON USE OF FUNDS.

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THE BUILDING PURCHASE IS A TOTAL OF $700,000.

THEY'LL NEED BUILDING IMPROVEMENTS THEN THEIR EQUIPMENT FOR THE PLASTIC EXTRUSION BUSINESS WHICH IS A NEW LINE OF BUSINESS FOR US TO ATTRACT TO THE COMMUNITY.

WHICH IS VERY EXCITING ON PROSPECTS FOR FUTURE EXTRUSION-TYPE OPERATIONS OR EVEN PLASTIC MOLDING OPERATIONS.

SO, YOU WILL SEE THE USE OF FUNDS EQUALS THE $2.2 MILLION AS WELL. I MADE A SMALL NOTE AT THE BOTTOM THAT SAYS INCENTIVE NECESSARY TO SECURE BUSINESS AND ADJUST UNIQUE ASPECTS OF THE BUILDING.

THIS IS A VERY DATED BUILDING THAT WILL NEED QUITE A BIT OF WORK SO WE WANT TO PARTICIPATE IN ASSISTING THE COMPANY WITH THAT AND BRINGING IT UP TO A FACILITY THAT COMPETES WITH THE OTHER COMMUNITIES THAT WE WERE UP AGAINST.

HERE IS A RECAP. 3.2 MILLION, 19 JOBS, 10 YEAR

BENEFIT >> MAYOR: IS MY CALCULATION CORRECT, IS THIS AROUND $18 AN HOUR?

>> SPEAKER: YES, SIR. AND THIS IS VERY SKILLED LABOR THAT THE COMPANY'S WILLING TO ALSO UP-SKILL TRAINING OPPORTUNITIES FOR EXISTING RESIDENTS.

IT WILL BE A GOOD OPPORTUNITY FOR PEOPLE TO LEARN -- PARTICULARLY WITHIN THE MANUFACTURING INDUSTRY TO LEARN

A VERY SOLID SKILL. >> MAYOR: I THINK I NOTICED EVEN A LOAN WITH INTEREST. THAT IS THE FIRST TIME WE'VE

DONE THAT? >> SPEAKER: IT IS ACTUALLY, MAYOR. SO, WE'RE EXCITED ABOUT THAT OPPORTUNITY TO ENTER INTO THAT RELATIONSHIP WITH THE COMPANY.

>> MAYOR: ANY QUESTIONS FROM COUNCIL BEFORE THE PUBLIC HEARING? THANK YOU, MS. MAYO.

THIS ITEM DOES CALL FOR A PUBLIC HEARING.

SO, AT THIS TIME,, I WILL OPEN THE PUBLIC HEARING.

IS THERE ANYONE WHO WOULD LIKE TO SPEAK EITHER FOR OR AGAINST THIS ITEM? IF SO, PLEASE COME FORWARD AND GIVE YOUR NAME FOR THE RECORD. SEEING NO ONE, I'LL CLOSE THE PUBLIC HEARING. DOES COUNCIL HAVE ANY QUESTIONS AND/OR COMMENTS? I'LL MAKE ONE.

THIS IS YOUR SIXTH MONTH HERE. YOU WANT TO INTRODUCE YOUR STAFF

OR ANYTHING YOU -- >> SPEAKER: I APPRECIATE THAT.

I WAS HOPING TO HAVE THAT OPPORTUNITY.

BECAUSE AND THANK YOU, MAYOR IS FOR BEATING ME TO THAT.

BECAUSE IT IS THAT IMPORTANT. YOU KNOW, MY COMMITMENT AND YOU ALL KNOW THE MAYOR WAS PART OF THE NON-VOTING MEMBER OF MY SELECTION COMMITTEE OR IN SELECTING FOR THE CEO POSITION OF THE DCOA. SO, HE HEARD THAT FROM DAY ONE IN OUR FIRST INTERVIEW. MY COMMITMENT IS TO BUILD A WORLD CLASS TEAM. BECAUSE IT'S NOT ONE INDIVIDUAL THAT BRINGS, ATTRACTS OR HELPS AN EXISTING COMPANY GROW AND PROSPER IT IS DEFINITELY A TEAM. YOU ALL ARE PART OF THAT TEAM.

BUT THE STAFF MEMBERS THAT ARE COMMITTED EVERY DAY TO THAT ARE THE DEVELOPMENT CORPORATION EMPLOYEES AS WELL AS SEVERAL OF OUR PARTNERS. OF COURSE THE INDUSTRIAL FOUNDATION.

AND I BELIEVE WE HAVE TWO TEAM MEMBERS.

I'M LOOKING AROUND TO MAKE SURE I ONLY HAVE TWO.

BROCK NEW AND AMY WHIT MER SERVE AND HAVE SERVED THE ORGANIZATION FOR ABOUT A YEAR AND A HALF. THEN A BRAND-NEW TEAM MEMBER IS YOUR DCOA EXECUTIVE VICE PRESIDENT CHIEF OPERATING OFFICER IS JULIE JOHNSON. SO, IT IS A NICE OPPORTUNITY TO BE ABLE TO INTRODUCE JULIE TO YOU ALL AS WELL.

SHE IS ALL OF, I THINK, WHAT, MAYBE A WEEK IN.

SO, WELCOME OFFICIALLY, JULIE, TO THE WONDERFUL TEAM THAT WE'RE GROWING HERE IN ABILENE.

>> MAYOR: THANK YOU VERY MUCH. DID I SEE A MOTION.

WE HAVE A MOTION BY COUNCILMAN PRICE AND A SECOND BY COUNCILMAN RENTZ. WE'RE READY TO VOTE.

>> MAYOR PRO-TEM. >> YES.

>> DEPUTY MAYOR PRO-TEM. >> YES.

>> COUNCIL MEMBER PRICE. >> YES.

>> MCALLISTER. >> YES.

>> AND WILLIAMS. >> YES

[25. Resolution: Receive a Report, Hold a Discussion and Public Hearing, and Take Possible Action on Approving a Settlement Agreement in Cause No. 10138D, Chad Carter v. City of Abilene, Taylor County, Texas (Stanley Smith)]

>> MAYOR: ITEM 25. WE'LL ASK STANLEY SMITH THE CITY

ATTORNEY TO PRESENT THIS ITEM. >> SPEAKER: THANK YOU MAYOR I'LL MAKE THE RECOMMENDATION THAT THE COUNCIL APPROVE A SETTLEMENT AGREEMENT IN CAUSE NUMBER 10138-D AS DISCUSSED IN EXECUTIVE SESSION. IF APPROVED, THAT SETTLEMENT AGREEMENT WILL BE REDUCED TO WRITING AND AT SOME POINT THE LAWSUIT WILL BE DISMISSED BUT THOSE WILL BE CONFIDENTIAL UNTIL

THE LAWSUIT IS COMPLETED. >> MAYOR: DOES COUNCIL HAVE ANY COMMENTS OR QUESTIONS PRIOR TO THE PUBLIC HEARING? THIS ITEM DOES CALL FOR A PUBLIC HEARING.

SO, AT THIS TIME, I WILL OPEN UP THE PUBLIC HEARING.

IS THERE ANYONE WHO WOULD LIKE TO SPEAK EITHER FOR OR AGAINST.

IF SO, PLEASE COME FORWARD AND GIVE YOUR NAME FOR THE RECORD.

[01:55:04]

SEEING NO ONE, I'LL CLOSE THE PUBLIC HEARING.

DOES COUNCIL HAVE ANY QUESTIONS OR I'LL ACCEPT A MOTION AND A SECOND. I HAVE A MOTION BY COUNCILMAN MCALLISTER. A SECOND BY COUNCILMAN KRIEGER.

WE'RE READY TO VOTE.

MOTION CARRIES >> MAYOR: I'LL MOVE TO ITEM 26

[26. Resolution: Receive a Report, Hold a Discussion and Public Hearing, and Take Action on Appointing Members to Various Boards and Commissions per the City Charter (Shawna Atkinson)]

PROVIDING FOR REAPPOINTMENTS OF INDIVIDUALS OF THE VARIOUS BOARDS AS OUTLINED IN CONSISTENT A OF THE RESOLUTION.

WITH ONE EXCEPTION. WE ARE, AT THIS TIME, REMOVING THE SELECTION OF MR. FLOYD MILLER TO A LATER MEETING.

AND THIS WILL BE A PUBLIC HEARING.

DOES COUNCIL HAVE ANY QUESTION OR COMMENTS ABOUT THAT ITEM? THIS ITEM AT THIS TIME I WILL OPEN UP THE PUBLIC HEARING.

IS THERE ANYONE WHO WOULD LIKE TO SPEAK FOR OR AGAINST THE ITEM. IF SO, PLEASE COME FORWARD AND GIVE YOUR NAME FOR THE RECORD. I WILL CLOSE THE PUBLIC HEARING.

AND I'LL MAKE A MOTION FOR ISLET 'EM NUMBER 26, EXHIBIT A, WITH THE EXCEPTION OF THE DCOA CANDIDATE.

IS THERE A SECOND? >> COUNCILMEMBER: SECOND.

>> MAYOR: A SECOND BY COUNCILMAN PRICE.

ANY FURTHER DISCUSSION? WE'RE READY TO VOTE.

>> M >> MAYOR: IT'S 11:44 A.M. AND THIS MEETING OF ABILE

* This transcript was compiled from uncorrected Closed Captioning.