PAYNE SPRINGS–Payne Springs Mayor Rodney Renberg announced his resignation at the city council meeting May 21. Renberg has been on the council for 25 years and said he has enjoyed being Mayor. Mayor Pro Tem Dick Hoffman will now be the Mayor and Council member Vincent Babb will be the new treasurer. City council meetings will remain on the third Tuesday of every month.
Changes on several signatures were approved due to Renberg resigning. Specific bank accounts were changes to include Huffman, Babbs, Karen Juica and Police Chief April Meadows signatures.
Robert Draper, owner of Tin Acres Kitchen and Market, spoke to the council for several minutes regarding the restaurant being a BYOB. The city’s permit did not say anything about being a BYOB so an amendment was made to the business permit. The city council stressed patrons could not consume alcohol where they buy it. Draper said he understood and patrons will bring their own beer and wine.
Ed Busch addressed the city council regarding the huge potholes on Leisureland Road. “I have lived here almost 30 years. The city is incapable of fixing it for financial or other reasons, but repairing potholes on top of potholes on top of potholes is not working. Would the city turn the road over to the county?” Busch said. “The county (judge and commissioners court) said they would be able to repair the road.”
As far as local road work repairs, the purchase of four loads of Flex Base, four loads of dirt and one culvert were approved for approximately $8,500.
Council approved for residents offering up their home as a short term rental to fill out an application along with a $150 fee per year effective July 1. This will allow city council and police to know which homes are VRBO (Vacation Rental By Owner) in case of any incidents in the area.
In other news, commissioners:
• votes were canvassed for the sales tax proposition and included 16 early voting ballots, 10 ballots cast on election day for a total of 26 votes, 25 for and 1 against.
• Hoffman gave the profit and loss statments which included a total income of $66,297.26 and total expenses of $77,455.78 with a net income of -$11,158.82. The largest expense was State Quarter Criminal Fees of $24,384.42.
• Police report for the month of April showed 76 violations, 20 impounds, 55 citations, two arrests, nine warrants, four assists and two accidents.
• City secretary Karen Juica gave the court report for April with income at $37,688, expenses at $33,424.45 giving a balance of $4,243.55.