Swears in mayor, council members
LOG CABIN–Log Cabin City Secretary Belynda Figueriedo administered the oath of office to Mayor Nancy Ruckstaetter and City Councilpersons Jennifer Williams, Jessica Abbe, David Campos and John Perkins during the May 16 council meeting. Jennifer Williams and David Campos will serve two-year terms on the council, Jessica Abbe and John Perkins – one-year terms. Jennifer Williams will serve as Mayor Pro-Tem per the vote of the council.
Mayor Nancy Ruckstaetter thanked the previous year’s council and city staff for, “helping getting the city back on track.” Ruckstaetter was appointed by the council to serve as mayor in August 2018 when then Mayor Larry Nolan resigned, along with Councilperson Judy Bearden. Jennifer Williams and Jessica Abbe were appointed to the council at the same time. The May 4 election affirmed the citizens’ faith in the appointed leaders as Ruckstaetter, Williams and Abbe were elected.
The Park Committee brought forth Park Operations Ordinance 39D, the product of many meetings and months of work by the committee to revise the rules and operation of the park for the enjoyment of citizens and visitors. The park has long been a destination for fishermen due to the boat launch and the many fishing tournaments hosted by the park each year.
The ordinance designates defined areas in the park along with their intended uses, rules and hours of operation. The areas are:
Family Park Area – The area west of the Boat Launch area to Pelican Point fence and south of Park Way to water’s edge
Event/Tournament Area – The area east of the Boat Launch Area to Daniel’s Point fence and south of Park Way to the water’s edge
Boat Launch Area – The area south of Park Way between the Family Park Area and the Event/Tournament Area, including the boat slip and walkway on the dock
Boat Trailer Parking Area – The area west of the Guard House at the northwest corner of Alamo and Park Way
Fishing Pier Area – The fishing pier is the horseshoe pier attached to the southeast part of the Family Park Area
RV Park Area – The area from Wyatt Earp south to Park Way and from Alamo Road east to the creek bed.
The fishing pier, boat launch area and boat trailer parking area are open 24 hours per day, 7 days a week. The family park area and swimming areas are open from 6 a.m. to 9:30 p.m., 7 days a week. Hours may be modified for special events and tournaments.
The City reserves the right to inspect coolers and other containers by Law Enforcement to ensure compliance with rules against alcoholic beverages in certain areas, illegal drugs and glass containers.
The family park rules prohibit alcohol, drugs, profane or abusive language, firearms and discharge of fireworks and are intended to keep that area family friendly. RV Park rules include a quiet time between 10 p.m. and 7 a.m. Overnight camping is only allowed in areas designated for it and ground fires are not permitted for safety reasons.
The park committee will have signs constructed and posted to mark areas and rules will be posted. The new ordinance passed unanimously. The committee also intends to place benches in the park for use by visitors. The committee did not change any of the park fees.
The council also considered the Memorandum of Understanding between the city and the City of Star Harbor for police service supplied by Log Cabin City Police Department, which is in its third year. Chief Tucker presented a 12-month overview of activity for his department in Star Harbor with 768 calls for service in that period. He told the council that those calls resulted in 36,000 miles on city vehicles and an overtime cost of $4,600 in payroll, mostly due to one major case that had to be investigated and resulted in an arrest.
After some discussion, the council authorized the mayor and Chief Tucker to negotiate terms with the City of Star Harbor mayor.
In other business, council members:
• authorized renewal of a maturing CD at First State Bank for a 2-year term at 1.9 percent interest. The city has two other CDs, one maturing in Aug. 2019 which had a 12-month term and one maturing in Aug. 2020 that had a 29-month term.
• heard updates on maintenance and repairs required for the Water and Wastewater systems
• tabled purchase of a trailer for maintenance to move mowers and other equipment until more information can be obtained
• authorized purchase of a pump replacement for Lift Station and back up pump from Odessa pending verification of specifications being the same
• approved Councilperson John Perkins to be gone two months for a previously scheduled trip. Normally, absence from council meetings could result in suspension if not previously approved.