With the resignation of former City Councilwoman Becky Glover, the Anna council was left with an open seat. To till that seat, the Anna City Council at Tuesday night’s regularly scheduled meeting called for a special election to fill that Place 6 vacancy.
That open seat was not the only business on the agenda as Council also heard a report on the city’s financial ratings, was briefed on the ongoing construction of Slayter Creek Park and was informed on the city’s need for additional facilities and office space.
The special election to fill Glover’s seat will be held on Saturday, June 15. The called election comes after Glover resigned after having to relocate to Vancouver, Wash., for employment reasons. Filings for the Place 6 seat were being accepted beginning April 25. The last day that applications will be accepted will be May 15 at 5 p.m.
In his briefing to Council on the city’s financial credit ratings Finance Director Clayton Fulton said that the city recently underwent a credit rating with Moody’s Investors Service and a re-rate with Fitch Ratings. Moody’s rated the city as "A1," one notch higher than the Fitch rating.
"According to Moody’s Rating Symbols and Definitions guidebook this rating is above average creditworthiness," explained Fulton. "Our financial advisors indicated that the ratings analyst was impressed with the city’s management characteristics and expects the rating to improve with current management practices as the city continues to grow."
Fitch affirmed their rating as "A" with a stable outlook.
"Significant progress has been made at Slayter Creek Park Phase II construction," said Planning Director Maurice Schwanke in his briefing to Council. The skate park element has been completed, the baseball/softball fields’ fencing and dugouts are under construction and the infield clay surface should be installed within the next two weeks. Lighting for the baseball fields and the tennis court has been installed. The multi-purpose field has been graded and will have irrigation installed in the next couple of weeks, and 7.5 acres of irrigated surface outside of the ball fields is underway.
All parking lot concrete has been poured and a pre-construction meeting with Splash Pad was on April 17. Construction on that water park is expected to begin soon. The disc golf course elements have been installed, and the city is working with an architect to prepare plans and cost estimates for the gazebo.
Council awarded a new primary bank depository services contract to Independent Bank. The city used the services of Valley View Consulting to advertise a request to banks within seven miles in and around Anna, inviting four banks to bid for the depository services: Independent Bank, Texas Star Bank, Landmark Bank and First National Bank of Trenton.
Only one bank, Independent Bank (whose contract with the city expires in June) submitted an application. Landmark Bank provided an official letter of declination and Texas Star Bank and First National Bank of Trenton did not provide any official response.
"Although only one bank responded, city staff believes the process provided a competitive environment evidenced by the quality of the application received from Independent Bank," said Fulton.
Council amended the city ordinance pertaining to re-reading meters and testing them for accuracy. The ordinance previously stated that the meters were to be taken out for testing which did not allow the water customer to witness the meter test. The passed amendment eliminated the language requiring the meter to be taken out.
City Manager Philip Sanders started his briefing on the need for additional city facilities and office space by pointing out that the building housing finance and planning people "has grass growing out of the roof, there are numerous holes in the structure, there are critters in the building and it is not a good place for visitors who have an interest in the city." Sanders went on to say that the city needs to look at low-cost office space, something on the order of a modular building either adjacent to or behind City Hall. City staff will obtain proposals and cost estimates.
"We would like to do something within the next six to nine months," said Sanders.
Mayor Mike Crist issued a proclamation declaring May 2013 as Motorcycle Safety and Awareness Month, and the proclamation was presented to a group of area motorcyclists.