The Anna City Council meeting on Tuesday evening started on an upbeat note as a re-elected council member and a new councilman took office, Mayor Pro-Tem and Deputy Mayor Pro-Tem were elected and two celebratory proclamations were issued. And then council got down to addressing city matters on the agenda.
Lauren Lovato, who ran for Place 2, was sworn in by City Secretary Natha Wilkison. Lovato was previously elected to fill the unexpired term of former councilman Kevin Anderson and will now serve a full term. Chad Barnes, an eight-year Anna resident, was sworn in by Wilkison as the new Place 4 councilman. Barnes replaces long-serving member John Geren, who did not run for re-election. Since Lovato, Barnes and Place 6 council member Becky Glover were all unopposed the May 11 election was cancelled.
John Hopewell was elected mayor pro-tem. The mayor pro-tem acts as mayor during the disability or absence of the Mayor. James Cook was elected deputy mayor pro-tem. The deputy mayor pro-tem acts as mayor during the disability or absence of the mayor and mayor pro-tem.
Two proclamations were issued by council. At the request of Anna Fire Chief Tim Gothard, May 19-25, which is National EMS Week, was also named EMS Week in Anna. And at the request of Police Chief Kenny Jenks, May 12-18 was recognized as National Police week with Wednesday, May 15, designated as Memorial Day.
Council approved the final plat and site plan for Anna Medical Center at 614 North Powell Parkway. The property, which includes a vacant home, will undergo complete renovation for a medical facility and will include a new parking lot.
Following a public hearing an ordinance was passed governing pro rata charges related to extension of utility service lines. City Manager Philip Sanders explained that during the development process a developer may choose or be required to install utility lines that are also capable of serving other properties not owned by the developer. In such cases, the ordinance would permit the developer to receive a pro rata share of the utility installation costs from other property owners.
Council approved two change orders with contractors doing work for the Slayter Creek Park Phase II Project.
The change order with Parkscape Contractors includes the installation of additional concrete trails to make logical connections to the splash pad, parking lot, tennis courts and an area of concrete between the ball fields.
The change order with Musco Sports Lighting, LLC is for installation of the parking lot, splash pad and playground security lighting which will provide low-level lighting from dusk to dawn, and as Planning Director Maurice Schwanke pointed out will also help facilitate security camera visibility.
Police Chief Kenny Jenks briefed council on the purchase of a replacement police vehicle. Jenks said that on April 17 the oldest patrol vehicle in the department was involved in a traffic accident. The 2008 Ford Crown Victoria, with 90,000 miles, received enough damage to be totaled by the insurance company. The vehicle was scheduled for replacement during the 2013-14 fiscal year budget. Jenks said that the department had considered either a Ford Police Interceptor (Ford Taurus SHO in the civilian market) or a Chevrolet Tahoe. Jenks commented that the Taurus is all-wheel drive and a first-year model and, in his experience, neither were optimal. He stated that the department’s intention is to proceed with the purchase of a Chevy Tahoe police patrol vehicle and quotes are being obtained.
Council Notes: Prior to the start of the council meeting a reception was held for retiring and newly elected city council members. John Geren received a commendation for his years of service to the city and council.