City of Cross Plains
May 12, 2009
This was a regular meeting of the
Employees present were Debbie Gosnell, Don
Gosnell, Teresa Kennedy, Doug Dugger, Stuart Sowell, Jarrod Potter &
Members of the public meeting were Era Lee
Hanke, Lewis Fortune, Kerry Mann, Mark Norris, Karen Lenz, John
Lambert, & Rick Terrell.
Mayor Purvis called the meeting to order at
By general consent the council approved the
minutes as read.
By general consent the council approved the police and judge’s report as presented.
Bob Kirkham moved to pay the bills.
Discussion was held concerning the passage of a
resolution entering into a contract with the Callahan County Tax
Assessor/Collector for the purpose of assessing and collecting
property tax for the City of Cross Plains.
After reading of the contract Peg Terrell moved to enter into
the contract with
Also discussed was a request from AEP to the
Public Utility Commission for permission to approve its deployment
plan, meaning it seeks a ruling from the Commission that the meters
it proposes to deploy meet all the functionality requirements
embodied in the Commission’s rule and that the Commission approve a
two-step surcharge for AEP’s residential customers pay a $3.25 per
month change for four years and then the charge decrease to $2.71
per month for seven additional years.
Their request also states that all customers will pay the
infrastructure surcharge whether or not they have received an
advanced metering system.
Era Lee Hanke met with the council on behalf of
the Economic Development Corporation.
Ms. Hanke reported that the EDC has three proposals that have
been approved for funding through the EDC and asked for the
Hanke reported that the EDC has approve paying ½ of the rent for six
months ($225.00 Monthly) for Montgomery Automotive in order to help
him get established in his new place of business.
Also approved for funding is Hardwick Nursery in the amount
of $2,500 loan and a $2,500.00 grant with the following
stipulations. Hardwick’s must remain open year round and at the end
of the first year Mr. Hardwick will owe the loan at 3% interest and
may pay it out in monthly installments or may pay in one lump sum.
The last proposal was from Pancake’s Home Stitchin’ for a
$6,500.00 loan/grant at 60% loan & 40% grant at 3% interest using
the Screen Printing Machine as collateral with a three year payout
with payments beginning October 1, 2009.
Gosnell informed the council that the generator
required as backup power for the wastewater treatment plant has been
purchased and we are in the process of getting the wiring done.
All aspects should be completed by the June deadline.
Kerry Mann met with the council on behalf of the Planning and Zoning Commission. He advised the council that the Commission had the following recommendations for changes to the existing Zoning Ordinance. He requested that the council make the following changes: Section 21-1 to change the number of members from seven (7) to six (6) and from restricted to citizens of the City to state “active members of the community.” At the end of paragraph 21-1 add the sentence, “The commission may go into executive session for discussion, but may not vote while in such state.” Section 24-1 change from citizens of the city to, “active members of the community.” Section 24-2, third paragraph insert the word “certified” to the statement “and shall mail certified notices.” Section 24-3, section b, number 2, insert the word
“comprehensive” to the statement “intent and
purpose of the comprehensive
plan.” Section 25-5
requested change in the amount of the filing fee from $25.00 to
$100.00 for the first one hundred feet and from $10.00 to $25.00 for
each additional feet, and to add the following statement to the end
of the paragraph, “and said fee is received into the planning and
zoning budget. The last
requested change would be that anytime the language “building
inspector” or” inspector of buildings” is used to add /Code
Peg Terrell moved to adopt the new wording into the Zoning
Ordinance. Bob Kirkham
seconded and motion carried.
John Lambert with House Calls was present for
the meeting to present a proposal for a new phone system. Mr.
Lambert went over the many features of the system with the council
and stated that the system had a lot of room for growth if needed.
He thanked the council for their time and consideration of
Discussion was held concerning the office hours
for City Hall. It was
requested that the City Hall be allowed to remain open during the
noon hour to better accommodate the citizens and to close at 4:00
p.m. Also requested was
permission to close at 1:00 p.m. on Friday in and effort to have
uninterrupted work time.
Gosnell advised the council that the CP EMS
service has approached her about allowing the Police Department to
carry a defibrulator in their patrol car due to the fact that at
times they are the first responder to an incident.
George Matthews explained that the defibrulator is extremely
smart and will not allow a person to be shocked that their heart is
working properly or that has already passed.
By general consent the matter was tabled until the next
meeting to gather more information.
Peg Terrell asked Jarrod Potter to update the
council on the animal control issue of registering the animals and
also having a rabies clinic for the community.
Potter explained that he has talked with the Animal Control
Bob Kirkham moved to go into executive session
at 8:00 p.m. Audrey
Purvis seconded and motion carried.
Bob Kirkham moved to accept Mary Jones’
resignation and to hire Barbara Cook to replace her.
Audrey Purvis seconded and motion carried.
Discussion was held at length concerning the
Windstream Telephone Proposal and House Calls proposal.
Audrey Purvis moved to adjourn.
Peg Terrell seconded and motion carried.
Ray Purvis, Mayor