The Coleman City Council was in session on Monday, September 9. All members were present. Mayor Tommy Sloan presided over the meeting.
The Council voted 4-0 to authorize the City Manager to execute a grant for the Routine Airport Maintenance Program (RAMP) with the Texas Department of Transportation. This is for financial assistance for airport maintenance and other incidental items as approved by the State for the Coleman Municipal Airport, providing 50% of eligible project expenses, for Fiscal Year 2020.
The Council voted 4-0 to authorize an expenditure of $12,001.20 for the purchase of six portable radios for the Coleman Police Department. Funds will come from the revised 2019 fiscal year budget. Radios currently being used by the PD are approaching 10 years old, are deteriorating and have been discontinued by the manufacturer. The new radios will also have a built in GPS feature.
The Council voted 4-0 to adopt, on second reading, the property tax rate for tax year 2019. Earlier in the evening, at 5:15 pm, the Council held a Public Hearing on the tax rate. No one appeared to speak during the hearing. The City of Coleman proposed property tax rate for 2019-2020 is .423843 per $100 valuation, a two-cent increase from last year. Based on the average home value in Coleman of $50,650, the new tax rate will increase property taxes $8.18 per year or $0.68 per month.
The Council went into Executive Session at 6:13 pm for the purpose of discussing personnel changes related to the position of Municipal Court Judge and Municipal Court Clerk. They came out of Executive Session at 7:20 pm. As explained by City Manager, Diana Lopez, “what I’m asking the Council to consider is the creation of a full-time Municipal Court Clerk position for the City of Coleman and to separate out the Municipal Court Judge by having us seek qualifications from applicants in the community and bringing those qualifications back to the Council for consideration and appointment for Municipal Court Judge as a contractual position for the City of Coleman.” The Council voted 4-0 to approve the City Manager’s request to hire a full time Municipal Court Clerk and proceed with receiving qualifications from applicants for a contractual position as the Municipal Court Judge.
The Council heard a brief presentation from City Manager Lopez regarding the progress of the Departmental Assessment of the Coleman Police Department. Police Chief Smith, who had attended the Council meeting, had to respond to a call for service and left the meeting. Mrs. Lopez noted that the consultants who recently did an assessment of the Police Department are scheduled to be back on Friday, September 13, to further discuss the department. It was also noted that the Police Department will take part in the National Night Out event at City Park on October 1 and that dispatch services have been transferred from the City Police Department to the Coleman County Law Enforcement Center.
The City Council meeting adjourned at 7:27 pm.