Council calls Jan. 9 election for open seat
Rockdale City Council called a special election for Jan. 9 to fill the vacant west-side seat and two people have filed for the position.
Doug Calame, a plant operator for Luminant, filed for the spot. Calame served two terms on the Wortham City Council, then served as mayor of that town for three years.
Donald "Duck" Shuffield, a retired Alcoan and musician, has declared as a write-in candidate for the spot.
The council also adopted rules and procedures, mandated by the town's charter in 1978, but something the council has gone without since that time.
City Manager Kelvin Knauf compiled rules of several towns. New rules outline council meeting procedures such as speakers commenting for three minutes during public hearings.
The council also okayed $7,800 from its contingency fund for lab equipment mandated by the Texas Commission on Environmental Quality.
Council members also okayed applying for a $35,000 energy efficiency grant from the State Energy Conservation Office, but said if federal rules prove too onerous, they may decline it. Shoemake said he was wary of federal stipulations sometimes attached to such grants.
The council also:
• Cast its 192.5 votes for David Ogee to the Milam County Tax Appraisal District board of directors.
• Appointed Richard Henderson and Walter Hurd to the building standards board. Elmo Miller and Jay Rubio are alternates.
• Heard Knaupf say the city will be involved in a lawsuit with Richard Thrasher over the condition of his All Star Propane and a nearby burned-out building on the town's east side along US 79. The suit will be heard in Justice of the Peace Twila Harris' office.
• Approved the 2010 holiday schedule for city employees.
• Changed its personnel policy to take out a dental insurance provision.
• Accepted the 2008 Community Development Block Grant sewer improvement project and will make the final $92,000 payment for the work after it was inspected.
• Heard Shoemake commend the Historical Society for the I&GN Depot award (see page 2A).