Shelter agrees to last year’s rate
GUN BARREL CITY–It took two executive sessions and three council meetings, but Gun Barrel City has renewed the interlocal agreement with the Humane Society of Cedar Creek Lake (HSCCL) for one year. Councilwoman Linda Rankin made the motion to “amend and extend the current Humane Society of Cedar Creek Lake contract for one more year at the previous rate of $10,200 per year, $850 monthly through Oct. 31, 2020.” The item passed unanimously.
The council had approved a contract during the Oct. 22 meeting pending legal advice. After consultation with the city’s attorney, the council rescinded that decision at the November meeting.
That contract was for $21,000. Two businessmen, David Westerfield of W Haus Décor & More and Rob Rea of Rita’s Club stepped up during the October meeting offering to come up with the $15,000 difference between what HSCCL was asking for and the $4,800 proposed by the Henderson County Animal Shelter. The September and October meetings were filled to standing room only with citizens wishing to speak on the subject, almost all speaking passionately in favor of going with HSCCL.
HSCCL Board President Lanette Ainsworth spoke for the third time, emphasizing that the amount of the original agreement was due to HSCCL receiving twice the animals that were anticipated, coupled with all the veterinary care the animals receive at HSCCL including age-appropriate vaccinations before being offered for adoption. Ainsworth agreed to adjust the amount back down to last year’s numbers after hearing that the city did not have the funds available. She asked that the city work on reducing the number of strays by having animals registered in the city and putting ordinances in place to require micro-chipping and other measures that would reduce roaming pets.
The city also approved a contract extension between the city and Republic Services for a five-year term through Oct. 31, 2024. The new contract has a small increase in cost but provides for additional opportunities to recycle, replacing the current totes with rolling carts, not only allowing for more recycled items to be picked up twice a month but the carts would help keep the recycled items from being contaminated. The contract also allows for a curbside bulk pickup once a month, up to 4 cubic yards. The resident would have to call Republic Services to schedule the pick-up. This is expected to begin in January 2020. For more information on recycling, consumers can visit recyclingsimplified.com.
In other business, council members:
• approved spending up to $4,000 from the Hotel Motel Fund for the Gun Barrel Quilters Guild 2020 Annual Quilt Show.
• established an energy conservation goal to reduce electric consumption by 5% each fiscal year for 10 years in compliance with the State of Texas legislative action.
• approved a job description for a Community Resource Officer.
• approved the EDC to fund a disc golf course not to exceed $8,800.Councilman Ron Wyrick said they had been working on this for three years, adding one more fun activity for the city’s park..
• approved a façade grant to Infinity Shears not to exceed $2,306.
• approved a performance agreement by and between the Gun Barrel Development, LLC and the Gun Barrel City EDC.
• approved a short-form agreement between the EDC and Exceed Engineering, LLC for engineering services for the extension of Cody Austin Road.