A new member was officially welcomed at Tuesday night’s Anna City Council meeting, quickly followed by business at hand as the group addressed an agenda dominated by city financial items.
Anna City Council Place 6, vacant since April 9, was finally filled as Dick Dowd, winner of the July 20 special run-off election, was sworn in to office by City Secretary Natha Wilkison.
City Manager Philip Sanders then introduced Rob Woods, Anna’s new public works director. Woods, a professional engineer, came from Sanger where he served for seven years in a similar position.
A public hearing was held to hear citizen comments on the proposed fiscal year 2013-14 budget. It is noteworthy that the proposed budget will raise more revenue from property taxes than last year’s budget by $352,846, a 14 percent increase. New property added to the tax roll will add $195,839.
The entire proposed budget is available for review on the city’s web site at www.annatexas.gov.
Council, with a unanimous vote, approved a resolution setting the proposed tax rate for fiscal year 2013-14 at the current rate of $.65 per $100 of property valuation. As required by the city charter, two public hearings were set on the proposed tax rate for August 27, at 7:30 p.m. (the time slotted for the regular council meeting) and for September 3, at 6:30 p.m. Both meetings will be held at Anna City Hall.
An ordinance was approved authorizing a budget amendment for the expenditure of police seizure funds. The Anna Police Department seizes monies and properties as contraband pursuant to Article 59 of the Texas Code of Criminal Procedure. Those monies are placed into a special fund as required under Article 59 to be used solely for law enforcement purposes, including the purchase of items used by officers in direct law enforcement duties. The police department can use any forfeited property, such as vehicles, until such time as the chief of police decides that the item should be sold at auction. Once sold at auction, the proceeds are placed in the same special fund.
Before expenditures are made from the special fund a budget for the expenditures of the proceeds has to be submitted to council, as was the case on Tuesday night.
Council approved the annual sponsorship agreement between the Economic Development and Community Development Corporations and the Greater Anna Chamber of Commerce. The EDC and CDC have historically supported the five annual events of GACC which include Glow Fest, Christmas Parade, Chamber Awards Banquet, golf tournament and July Fourth celebration. The sponsorship will include the following contributions: for Glow Fest, $7,500 each from EDC and CDC; for the awards banquet, $5,000 from EDC and $500 from CDC; for the July Fourth celebration, $7,000 each from EDC and CDC; for the Christmas parade, $2,500 from CDC; and for the golf tournament, $3,000 from CDC.
According to information provided by GACC on last year’s events, the Glow Fest had an attendance of 4,000, the Christmas parade included 33 parade groups, the awards banquet had 235 guests, the golf tournament had 18 teams competing and the July Fourth fireworks show was attended by 2,000 area residents.
Council approved an agreement with Collin County for the provision of firefighting and fire protection services. Collin County, through an agreement, uses the Anna Fire Department for all of the firefighting and fire protection service needs in the unincorporated area of Collin County that is within the response area of AFD. The agreement is effective October 1, and will continue for an initial term of one year. The agreement formalizes what has previously been an informal operational agreement between the city and Collin County.
Council also approved the final plat of Oak Hollow Phase 6 which includes 28.7 acres of land and 118 residential lots as well as two open space tracts.
David Stump was appointed by council to serve a two-year term on the Greater Texoma Utility Authority Board of Directors. Stump replaces Dick Dowd, who resigned from that position since an elected city official is prohibited from serving on the board.