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2012-06-21 / Front Page

It’s Official – Capt. Yarbrough Made Interim Chief

To take over duties of Chief of Police following resignation of Bowden, officially July 1

Last Wednesday, the Lexington City Council voted unanimously to make Captain Clarence Yarbrough the Interim Chief of Police in the absence of Chief Jerry Bowden. Bowden submitted a Letter of Resignation last week, effective June 30, 2012; therefore, the Council voted to act quickly to cover his position after accepting his resignation.

For the time being, after making Yarbrough Interim Chief, the Council waived the policy that states that the Chief of Police had to live within the City Limits, as Yarbrough lives in Round Rock and needs time to find a suitable home for his family.

The City Council also intends to make Yarbrough the official Chief of Police, beginning July 1.

In other action, the Council heard from Elizabeth Mayeux and Samantha Retzlaff during Citizen Input. Following the order of agenda items, Opal Lewis made the motion to approve the minutes of May 4th, 9th, 16th & 23rd, 2012. Tim Brown seconded the motion. Greg Langehennig made the motion to approve paying bills for the month of May 2012. Chris Billings seconded the motion. Both motions were passed unanimously

City Attorney Tim Kleinschmidt and two of the Council members gave a response to the citizens on Caldwell Street about what steps were being taken about their neighborhood complaints. Sam Scoggins requested to respond to neighborhood complaints on Caldwell Street; however, when the agenda order identified him as the next item to be heard, he said he was instructed by his Attorney not to speak.

Greg Langehennig made the motion to approve resolution denying the Mid-Tex Division of Atmos Energy Corporation’s Statement of Intent to change the gas utility rates in the City of Lexington. Tim Brown seconded the motion. Tim Brown made the motion to transfer ownership of park land from EDC to the City in accordance with resolution adopted by the city in April 2007. Opal Lewis seconded the motion. Tim Brown made the motion to table request for Sonny Owens to speak to Council about bid for garbage service. Greg Langehennig seconded the motion. All three motions were approved unanimously.

A representative from Zoch.Net gave a presentation on internet services they provide for future reference. They will provide a proposal for the City.

Opal Lewis made the motion to table action to adopt the Flood Damage Prevention Ordinance until everyone has a chance to read over the ordinance. Greg Langehennig seconded the motion. Tim Brown made the motion to approve garbage contract proposal that will be put in paper and be used for bidding purposes as presented. Greg Langehennig seconded the motion. Tim Brown made the motion to amend Chapter 2, Section 3 of Administration Ordinance on return check fees to read $30.00 for return checks in lieu of $25.00. Opal Lewis seconded the motion. Tim Brown made the motion to amend Chapter 110, Section 20 of the Utility Ordinance on changing time extensions for payment to read, on or before the 8th day of each month in lieu of the 4th day of each month. Opal Lewis seconded the motion. Tim Brown made the motion to approve setting up system to receive credit/ debit payments for utility payments and deposits if contract can be for two years or less. Opal Lewis seconded the motion. All five of these motions were passed, again with unanimous vote.

It was brought before the Council that City Hall office space should be reorganized to be more conducive to business activities by moving the Municipal Clerk’s office downstairs and moving the Mayor’s office upstairs. The Mayor wanted it to be recorded that he said “I will not move from the office I’m in. It will take somebody pretty big to get me out of it.”

Tim Brown made the motion to reorganize City Hall office space to be more conducive to business activities by moving Municipal Clerk’s office downstairs and moving the Mayor’s office upstairs. Greg Langehennig seconded the motion. Vote 2 for. (Tim Brown & Greg Langehennig) Vote 3 against. (Opal Lewis, Charlotte Hooper & Chris Billings)

Opal Lewis made the motion for all city vehicles to be parked at the city yard at all times, to be used for city business only and returned to city yard after use and the on-call person will be able to take city vehicle home while on call. Tim Brown seconded the motion. Tim brown made the motion to approve the financial report. Greg Langehennig seconded the motion. Tim Brown made the motion to approve the budget report. Opal Lewis seconded the motion. Tim Brown made the motion to approve the police report. Opal Lewis seconded the motion. Tim Brown made the motion to adjourn. Opal Lewis seconded the motion. These five motions all passed.

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