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City introduces council candidates

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LOG CABIN–At their regular meeting Feb. 20, Mayor Nancy Ruckstaetter introduced candidates for city council in the May 2 election. Three of the five city council member seats are up for election and there are five candidates that have put in their applications to run for one of the three seats.
On the ballot will be Incumbent council members Rodney Allen and Jessica Abbe along with newcomers Lynn Amundsen, Eddie Pogue and Larry Sutherland. A town hall meeting will be held at 11 a.m. April 18, at which time the candidates will have a chance to introduce themselves and citizens will get the opportunity to ask questions of the office seekers.
In an effort to keep the public informed on the extensive renovations that have been required by the TCEQ. Ruckstaetter gave a report updating everyone on the wastewater and water systems repairs. “I had a meeting today with the engineer and there is not much left to be done,” said Ruckstaetter. Santec, a company that was hired by the council to complete part of the renovations has completed their portion of the plant. All of the lift station work has been done including evening out the soil in those areas. There are still some things left to do in order to satisfy the list of violations given to the city by TCEQ but the mayor was confident that all would be completed by the April 30 deadline set by the Commission.
Continuing her updates on city renovations,  Ruckstaetter let the citizens know that a new fire hydrant has been installed in the city limits. “It is in, it is operating. The only thing left to do is, when it finally stops raining and dries out a little bit they are going to secure it with cement” said Mayor Ruckstaetter. After the fire hydrant has been secured the city will clean up the area so that it no longer looks messy.  
Also, on this month’s agenda was the termination of the lease that was held by the New Hope Ministries Church. The church had a lease agreement with the city to hold services at the red barn but now want to enter into a new lease agreement so that they can hold services at the old city hall or what the city is now calling “Building B”. The church currently has a temporary Certificate of Occupancy (CO) that was issued with the stipulations that they have repairs made inside and out before they are issued a permanent CO.
 The council approved the termination of the lease but was reluctant to approve a new lease until these repairs have been completed. The church has currently fulfilled their renovation requirements on the inside but due to inclement weather, they have not been able to complete the outside work. In order to give the church time to get this work completed the council tabled the approval of the new four-year lease agreement but will allow the church to sign a one-month lease and also give the church until April 1 to complete all renovations. This will allow the council to review the repairs being done by the church at next month’s regular city council meeting and make a decision regarding the four-year lease.
In other business, council members:
• approved the consent agenda.
.• approved the recommendation to rezone a portion of section 10 to section 4.
• declined the offer by Affordable acres to purchase property from the city.
• heard information regarding the Texas Department of Public Safety’s Interlocal Agreement - Failure to Appear Program.
• heard department reports from the mayor, police department, zoning and building committee and community events