Funding for EDC to be decided by voters

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At the joint meeting of the Whitehouse city council and the planning and zoning committee, the election of mayor as well as Place 2 and 4 on the city council was called for Tuesday, Nov. 6. Charles Parker currently serves as city mayor. Chad Cleckler and David Roquemore hold Place 2 and Place 4 on the council, respectively.

The council also approved an ordinance calling for a change in the allocation of the ½ cent tax currently collected by the city to be placed before voters. The entirety of the ½ cent now goes towards the city general fund. If approved by voters, the proposal would allow 1/8 cent to fund eligible economic development projects with the remaining 3/8 cent still being deposited into the general fund.

During the public forum portion of the meeting, two residents addressed the council. The first, Debbie Martin, had concerns about her sewer bill and was directed to visit the city offices where her bill could be examined and her problems addressed.

Larry Roquemore was the second to address the council and he expressed his displeasure with the “general running of the city.”

The focus of his complaint stemmed from his attempts to clear and level a piece of property which resulted in infractions of a city ordinance.

“Everybody trying to develop this town, y’all [council] give them a hard time instead of working with them,” Roquemore said. “We need to sit down and work these things out with builders, developers, instead of fighting. I’ve spent 25 years now building here, trying to develop our community and I don’t know. I felt like it’s useless.”

City Manager Aaron Smith stated he “followed ordinance to the letter,” though no specific ordinance was noted.

A passionate discussion then began between council members, at which point Mayor Charles Parker called for the meeting to continue with the agenda.

“Since the council can take no action on this at this time since it is not an agenda item, we will move on,” Parker stated.

The council, following an executive session with the planning and zoning committee, approved the rezoning of a 6.402 acre property on Shahan Ranch Boulevard. The property had been zoned as Residential High and the approved change resulted in the property being zoned Residential Medium-Planned Development.

A request for the rezoning of a property on Acker Tap Street was not discussed as the request did not originate from the property owner.

The Rosebrook HOA asked the city council to create a no parking zone at the two entrances of the subdivision as parked cars impeded traffic. It was suggested by council members that the island on Pinewood should be removed to allow for a better flow of traffic. A member of the homeowners association who was present said he would convey the suggestion to the HOA board. The council further directed Smith to investigate the issue at the entrance on Highway 110 at Rosebrook.

The council did approve the request for a sign to be placed at the new junior high as well as the speed zone specified by the Texas Department of Public Safety at that location.

The council awarded a bid for seal coat to Capco Engineering, Inc. whose submitted bid of $360,105.63 was lower than the city engineer’s estimate of $446,089.30 for the work.

Dr. Christopher Moran presented a video concerning the Whitehouse ISD tax ratification election. The video can be found on the home page of the WISD website, www.whitehouseisd.org.

The tax ratification election takes place 7 a.m.-7 p.m. Saturday, Aug. 25, at the Whitehouse ISD administration building, located at 106 Wildcat Drive. Early voting began Wednesday, Aug. 8, and will continue at the WISD administration office 7:30 a.m.-4:30 p.m. on weekdays through Tuesday, Aug. 21.

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