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I'LL GO AHEAD AND CALL THE MEETING TO ORDER.

WE GENERALLY START WITH A PRAYER.

>> GOD, WE PRAYERFULLY WANT TO SAY THANK YOU FOR THIS BEAUTIFUL DAY. WE THANK YOU GOD FOR ALL YOU'VE DONE FOR US AND FOR THIS CITY. AND GOD WE PRAY THAT YOU CONTINUE TO SHOWER YOUR FAVORS UPON US.

WE PRAY THAT YOU CONTINUE TO PROTECT US FROM COVID-19.

AND THOSE THAT MIGHT BE INFECTED WITH THAT DISEASE WE PRAY GOD THAT THEY WILL RECEIVER AND HAVE A SPEEDY RECOVERY.

AND WE ASK YOU TO CONTINUE TO PROTECT US AND OUR FAMILIES, OUR FRIENDS AND THIS CITY AND WE THANK YOU GOD FOR THE GIVES.

THE CONTRIBUTIONS THAT THEY'VE MADE TO THIS CITY AND WE ASK THAT YOU BLESS OUR LEADERS ESPECIALLY THE CITY COUNCIL AND THE MAYOR AND ALL OF THE ELECTED OFFICIALS IN THIS COUNTY THIS STATE AND THIS NATION. THESE BLESSINGS AND ALL OTHERS WE ASK YOU IN YOUR SWEET JESUS SON'S NAME.

AMEN. >> -- A RECOMMENDING BOARD TO THE CITY COUNCIL ON MATTERS OF ZONING.

THE DECISIONS OF THIS BOARD MAY BE APPEALED TO THE CITY COUNCIL THROUGH THE OFFICE OF CITY SECRETARY NO LATER THAN 10 DAYS FROM THE DATE OF THIS MEETING AND ALL APPEALS MUST BE MADE IN WRITING. THE PUBLIC IS INVITED TO SPEAK AFTER RECEIVING RECOGNITION BY THE CHAIR.

YOU SHALL APPROACH THE PODIUM AND YOUR NAME.

EACH SPEAKER IS REQUESTED TO LIMIT THEIR PRESENTATION TO NO MORE THAN FIVE MINUTES. HOWEVER ADDITIONAL TIME MAY BE GRANTED AT THE DISCRETION OF THE CHAIR.

[MINUTES]

FIRST ITEM IS THE APPROVAL OF MINUTES FROM OUR JOINT MEETING.

HAVE ALL OF THE COMMISSIONERS HAD A CHANCE TO READ THOSE

MINUTES? >> DID WE GET THE MINUTES?

>> I HAVE THEM. WAS I THE ONLY ONE?

>> IT WAS ON TODAY'S E-MAIL. DID YOU NOT GET TODAY'S E-MAIL?

>> I DON'T KNOW. >> YOU'RE SCARING ME, CLINT.

ANY ADDITIONS, CORRECTIONS OR I'LL ENTERTAIN A MOTION.

>> I'LL MOTION TO APPROVE. >> DO I HAVE A SECOND.

>> SECOND. >> MOST AND A SECOND.

ALL IN FAVOR SAY AYE. OPPOSED? THANK YOU. NEXT ITEM ON THE AGENDA IS

[2. SNC-2020-01: Public hearing and possible vote to recommend approval or denial to the City Council on a request from Lytle Lake Water Control and Improvement District, agent Dennis O’Connell, to add an honorary street name “Larry and Mary Gill’s Way” to the street known as Lytle Way Circle extending west from Lytle Way in southeast central Abilene, Taylor County, Texas]

SNC2020-01. PUBLIC HEARING AND POSSIBLE VOTE TO RECOMMEND APPROVAL OR DENIAL TO THE CITY COUNCIL ON A REQUEST FROM LYTLE LAKE WATER CONTROL AND IMPROVEMENT DISTRICT AGENT DECEMBER US O'CONNELL TO ADD HONORARY STREET NAME LARRY AND MARY GILLS WAY EXTENDING WEST FROM LYTLE WAY IN SOUTHEAST CENTRAL ABILENE TAYLOR COUNTY TEXAS.

>> GOOD AFTERNOON, MY NAME IS GERALD SMITH.

TODAY I'M PRESENTING THE STREET NAME CHANGE.

AGENT IS DENNIS O'CONNELL. THE REQUEST IS TO CREATE AN HONORARY STREET NAME CHANGE. LARRY AND MARY GILLS WAY TO LYTLE WAY CIRCLE. LYTLE WAY CIRCLE EXTENDS WEST.

PLANNING STAFF DID SEND NOTIFICATION LETTERS TO PROPERTY OWNERS AND RECEIVED ONE RESPONSE IN OPPOSITION.

0 IN FAVOR. ABILENE'S HONORARY STREET NAME POLICY REQUIRES CERTAIN CRITERIA NOT REQUIRES BUT OUTLINES CERTAIN CRITERIA. THESE INCLUDE THE FOLLOWING.

EACH NAME PROPOSED FOR HONORARY DESIGNATION SHALL BE ONE THAT HAS HAD A SIGNIFICANT IMPACT. THE NAME SHALL ALSO BE ONE WHICH RELATES CONTRIBUTIONS AT THE LOCAL AND STATE AND NATIONAL LEVEL. MUST BE SIGNIFICANT COMMUNITY SUPPORT. STREETS TO BE CONSIDERED FOR HONORARY DESIGNATION SHOULD BE NUMBERED STREETS AND SHOULD HAVE A NATURAL BREAK AT EITHER END. HONORARY DESIGNATIONS SHOULD BE

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LIMITED TO INDIVIDUALS WHO ARE DECEASED.

HISTORIC SYKES OR OCCUR ANCS. A LITTLE BIT OF BACKGROUND.

HE HAS HELPED WITH MANY INDIVIDUALS AND GROUPS BETTER THEMSELVES. THIS WERE ORGANIZATIONS AND OUR CITIZENS AND CITY. LARRY HAS FUNDED MANY OF PROJECTS TO INCLUDE BUT NOT LIMITED TO FRONTIER TEXAS, AND MEALS ON WHEELS. THE NOAH PROJECT, ABILENE REGIONAL AIRPORT. NORTH SIDE COMPLEX OF TEXAS TECH HEALTH SCIENCE CENTER AND MANY MORE.

MARY GILL IS A FOUNDER OF ABILENE'S HABITAT FOR HUMANITY.

SHE SERVED ON THE BOARD AND HAS FILLED THE ROLE AS A PRESIDENT WHEN NEEDED. SHE IS HEAVILY INVOLVED IN WORK.

MOST IMPORTANTLY LARRY AND MARY GILL LIVES ON LYTLE LAKE.

THEY CARE FOR IT AS THEY HAVE FOR PROJECTS THROUGHOUT THE CITY OF ABILENE. HERE IS AN AERIAL LOCATION MAP SHOWING THE LOCATION OF LYTLE WAY CIRCLE AS A FAIRLY SMALL STREET. A NOTIFICATION MAP SHOWING THE 200-FOOT RADIUS AROUND THIS PROPOSED STREET NAME.

AS YOU CAN SEE WE DID RECEIVE ONE RESPONSE IN OPPOSITION.

ALONG BAY WATER DRIVE. SOMETHING TO NOTE.

I THOUGHT WE HAD SHOWN ON THIS MAP PREVIOUSLY.

THE PETITION THAT WAS SENT OUT REGARDING THIS STREET NAME CHANGE WE RECEIVED FOUR RESPONSES IN FAVOR.

A TOTAL OF SEVEN LOTS ALONG LYTLE WAY CIRCLE WHICH ACCOUNTS FOR 57% OF THE LOTS SO THEY MEET THE 51% THRESHOLD.

>> WERE THERE ANY NOTES ON THE ONE THAT WAS OPPOSED?

>> YES. AND I QUOTE BECAUSE 50-75 YEARS FROM NOW NO ONE WILL REMEMBER THE GILLS BUT THEY WILL KNOW THAT THEY LIVED BY LYTLE LAKE. SO I VOTE KEEP THE LYTLE NAME.

>> THANK YOU. >> CURRENT ZONING MAP SHOWING THAT THIS STREET RIGHT-OF-WAY IS SURROUNDED IN A RESIDENTIAL DISTRICT. A FEW PHOTOGRAPHS OF THE SUBJECT STREET. THE DEVELOPMENT REVIEW COMMITTEE DOES RECOMMEND APPROVAL. THERE WAS NO OPPOSITION TO THIS DECEMBER ANYTHING NATION. THE PROPOSED DESK NATION DOES NOT COMPLY WITH SOME OF THE STATED CRITERIA SPECIFICALLY IT IS NOT OF A DECEASED INDIVIDUAL, HISTORIC SITE OR HISTO CURE ANNES. HOWEVER THESE ARE JUST GUIDANCES. THERE IS NO STATUTE THAT REQUIRES YOU TO MEET THIS CRITERIA.

THEREFORE IT'S UP TO YOU AS TO WHETHER OR NOT YOU THINK IT WOULD BE APPROPRIATE. STAFF DOES RECOMMEND APPROVAL.

HAPPY TO ANSWER ANY QUESTIONS YOU MAY HAVE.

>> DIDN'T IT SAY SOMETHING ABOUT NUMBERED STREETS?

>> THOSE ARE SIMPLY GUIDANCES. IT DOES NOT HAVE TO BE A NUMBERED STREET BUT IT DOES RECOMMEND THAT IN AN INSTANCE WHERE YOU'RE DOING AN HONORARY STREET NAME CHANGE IT IS TO BE A

NUMBERED STREET. >> IS IT, DO I UNDERSTAND CORRECTLY -- WITHOUT LOSING THE NAME LYTLE BUT IT WILL BE A SPLIT SIGN AND THE HONORARY NAME WILL BE BELOW ON THE WHITE

PORTION OF THE SIGN? >> THAT IS CORRECT.

LYTLE WAY CIRCLE WILL REMAIN. THIS IS A SEPARATE PLACARD THAT WILL DESIGNATE LARRY AND MARY GILL'S WAY.

IT DOES NOT CHANGE THE ADDRESS. >> IS IT COMMON FOR AN HONORARY NAME CHANGE LIKE IN THE NAME IS ACTUALLY PROPOSED BY THE SPONSOR WHO SUBMITTED THE APPLICATION? IS THAT CORRECT?

>> I'M NOT SURE IF IT'S COMMON OR NOT AND I APOLOGIZE.

I'VE ONLY SEEN TWO STREET NAME CHANGES AS HONORARY IN MY TIME HERE SO I WOULD ASSUME IT WOULD BE THOUGH.

>> WHAT WERE THOSE TWO? >> WE DID --

>> IT'S NOW DR. TONY ROACH BOULEVARD.

AND THERE IS ANOTHER ONE. HELP ME WITH THIS.

IS IT S -- SANTA CLAUS LANE. >> AND SANTA IS STILL ALIVE TOO.

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>> DEPENDS ON WHO YOU ASK. I'M SORRY.

I SHOULDN'T HAVE MISSED MY LUNCH.

I'M SORRY. >> I FIND IT INTERESTING THAT THEY USED A POST FEE S. INS--

>> THAT WAS SUBMITTED US TO. THAT IS HOW THEY WANT IT

WRITTEN. >> OF OKAY.

ANY OTHER QUESTIONS? THANK YOU, SIR.

>> I'LL OPEN THE PUBLIC HEARING. ANYONE CARE TO SPEAK TO THIS ITEM PLEASE COME FORWARD. SEEING NO ONE.

I WILL CLOSE THE PUBLIC HEARING. DISCUSSION FROM THE COMMISSION

OR A POSSIBLE MOTION. >> NO DISRESPECT OF LARRY AND MARY. THEY ARE GREAT PEOPLE BUT I'M MORE INTERESTED IN SETTING UP A PRECEDENCE.

AND WE'RE OUTSIDE THE GUIDELINES.

DO WE HAVE GUIDELINES OR DO WE NOT HAVE GUIDELINES IS MY QUESTION. IF WE'RE NOT GOING TO FOLLOW THE GUIDELINES -- IT COULD BE A FREE-FOR-ALL.

WITHOUT DISRESPECT TO LARRY AND MARY THEY ARE GREAT PEOPLE.

THAT IS JUST MY COMMENT. I DON'T LIKE GOING OUTSIDE THE

GUIDELINES. >> IS IT A FACT THAT -- THE STREET DR. ROACH, HE IS STILL ALIVE.

SO THE PRECEDENT HAS BEEN SET ALREADY.

>> AND DO WE CONTINUE WITH THAT PRECEDENCE?

>> OTHER DISCUSSION? >> I DON'T KNOW THAT WE'VE SEEN ANY ABUSE OF IT. THAT WAS PROBABLY SETTING A PRECEDENT WHEN WE DID THAT STREET BUT I HAVE NOT SEEN PEOPLE COMING UP WILLY-NILLY WANTING TO RENAME THE STREETS IN HONOR OF THEIR FAMILY. THERE ARE GUIDELINES AND WE CAN

CHOOSE TO FOLLOW THEM. >> TO THE PERSON WHO DECENTED WELL MAYBE THEY SHOULD KNOW ABOUT PEOPLE WHO DID GIVE BACK TO THE COMMUNITY. AND MAYBE FUTURE GENERATIONS WILL LEARN ABOUT DR. ROACH AND DIFFERENT THINGS HE DID FOR THE COMMUNITY. I AM IN SUPPORT OF IT.

TO YOUR POINT I CAN IMAGINE ABUSE OR US HAVING TO DETERMINE WHETHER OR NOT PEOPLE MADE A SIGNIFICANT CONTRIBUTION.

TO ME THAT IS A PRETTY CLEAR EVIDENCE IN THE GILL'S CASE.

>> ANY OTHER DISCUSSION OR POSSIBLE MOTION?

>> SO MOVED. >> I HAVE A MOTION AND A SECOND.

THANK YOU. >> WE HAVE A MOTION TO APPROVE.

MR. BARNETT. MR. BENEFIT COME.

MR. ROSENBAUM. MR. KNEW NAN.

RECEIVE LAND LANKFORD. AND MR. SAM BELL.

AND THE MOTION TO APPROVE

* This transcript was compiled from uncorrected Closed Captioning.