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City of Tool appoints municipal judge

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Names The Monitor as the official newspaper

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TOOL—The Nov. 21 Tool City Council meeting was a brief one where city council members appointed Henderson County Pct. 2 Justice of the Peace Kevin Pollock as municipal judge for two more years. This is Pollock’s second term to serve the city as its judge.
Council members also discussed upcoming changes to the replat and variance process. Mayor Tawnya Austin said, “Going forward, we are going to have to hold public hearings for replats…we have to post notices also and there are charges associated with that.” Austin went on to say that last year they did around 19 or 20 replats. She also said the mailings to property owners within 200 feet would be a significant process change for the city. The council discussed creating a fee to recoup some of the charges associated with the process. The item is expected to be on a future agenda.
In other business, council members:
• appointed The Monitor as the city’s official newspaper for the 2019-20 fiscal year
• approved a franchise agreement with Oncor Electric for a 20-year term, with fees paid to the city quarterly.
• approved replat request by John Frymark of 1821 Scenic Dr to replat lot 39, block 8 of the AB 488 T S Mitchell Survey, Trade Winds, block 8 Lot 39 and adjacent 32.4 sq. ft., creating one .24 acre lot, 39R.
• approved a request by Bill and Debbie Hubacek of 1204 Atoll Ct to grant a variance to add on to their carport
• heard from Councilman Gary Sestito about creating a “Keep Tool Beautiful” Committee that would be affiliated with Keep Texas Beautiful, allowing the city to seek grants to improve the city’s appearance. More discussion to come at a future council meeting.