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KNOW YOUR CITY

City accomplishments, events for 2010
Kelvin Knauf
City Manager


GIVING IT BACK–After leasing the Charlie Martin Memorial Park from Milano ISD 30 years ago, the City of Milano has given it back. In November 2010, the city council did not renew the lease because “couldn’t keep it up anymore,” city secretary Carolyn Vinton said. The park’s pavilion and bathroom areas had been vandalized several times in recent years. MISD superintendent Lindy Robinson said the school board has not decided what to do with the park. The property, with picnic areas, basketball court, playground equipment and tennis court is located on East Park Street, next to the old and now vacant Milano Elementary school. The school moved to the 1940 Works Projects Administration (WPA) rock building at the beginning of the 2010-11 school year. 
Reporter/Marie Bakken GIVING IT BACK–After leasing the Charlie Martin Memorial Park from Milano ISD 30 years ago, the City of Milano has given it back. In November 2010, the city council did not renew the lease because “couldn’t keep it up anymore,” city secretary Carolyn Vinton said. The park’s pavilion and bathroom areas had been vandalized several times in recent years. MISD superintendent Lindy Robinson said the school board has not decided what to do with the park. The property, with picnic areas, basketball court, playground equipment and tennis court is located on East Park Street, next to the old and now vacant Milano Elementary school. The school moved to the 1940 Works Projects Administration (WPA) rock building at the beginning of the 2010-11 school year. Reporter/Marie Bakken The City of Rockdale was very busy during 2010 and we had many significant accomplishments and events happen during the year.

Below is a list of those accomplishments and events that happened last year:

• Voters elected a new mayor (Dr. Larry Don Jones) and new council members (Doug Calame, Joyce Dalley and Toby Johnson).

• Passed an ordinance prohibiting skateboarding after dark at the skate plaza.

• Updated the building, code, the residential code for one- and two-family dwellings, the mechanical code, the plumbing code, the electrical code, the fire code, the fuel gas code, the energy conservation code and the property maintenance code.

• Completed street improvement projects: Reconstructed Ortega and Coffield streets and parts of Highland and Alcoa streets; put new asphalt on Offield, White, Riley, Allday, Ford, Beverly, Banks and Maloy streets; chip sealed Crockett, Douthit, Sanford, Pine, Burleson, North, Hairston, Bonham, Hillyer, Shelton, Williams, Houston, Milam, Pine and Spruce streets.

• Improved the drainage culvert on Beverly Drive to help with drainage issues.

• Ordinance passed extending the juvenile curfew ordinance.

• The thoroughfare and water master plan was amended. • Appointed the Building Standards Commission to determine if buildings are substandard and need to be repaired or demolished.

• Re-zoned property in the downtown area from C2 or higher to CA zoning to make it easier for businesses downtown to expand or rebuild (if necessary) to the property line.

• Passed a resolution requesting the State Appropriations Committee to release additional funds for Regional 911 systems and local Public Service Answering Points.

• Passed an ordinance prohibiting convicted sex offenders from living within 2000 feet of a place where children normally gather such as schools and parks.

• Replaced sewer lines in the east part of town.

• Approved a School Resource Program with RISD for a police officer to be stationed on school campuses.

• Added another police officer position to the Police Department.

• Re-zoned property along Ackerman Street (from San Andreas Avenue to Laura Street) and property along Main Street (from San Andreas to the IOOF cemetery) from C2 or higher classification to R1 zoning classification. • Passed an ordinance prohibiting the use, purchase, possession, and sale of synthetic marijuana (also known as K2).

• Authorized application for a $275,000 Community Development Block Grant to replace a water line on the east side of town.

• Replaced a water line along Peach Street.

• Initiated development of a City website that will make more information available to residents and visitors about City services and make it easier to transact business with the City.

• Initiated marketing ads for publication in national magazines to help attract industries to Rockdale.

• Voters created the new Municipal Development District that encompasses the entire city and the extra-territorial jurisdiction.

• Appointed Board Members to the new Rockdale Municipal Development District.

• Awarded bids for the purchase of sludge drying boxes at the wastewater plant to help with disposal during wet months.

• Approved a logo and slogan for the City to assist in marketing the community to businesses and industries.

• Passed on first reading an amendment to the Peddlers and Solicitors ordinance to allow staff to reject permits for anyone who has been convicted of a felony. • Approved a new management contract with the Chamber for administration of the hotel occupancy tax funds.

• Replaced filter media at the Mill Street water treatment plant to improve water treatment.

• Performed leak detection on the west side of the City.

• Received grant funds from Post Oak Savannah Groundwater Control District for line replacement on Cameron Avenue and leak detection.

• The Planning and Zoning Commission began updating the Comprehensive Master Plan to include new sections such as Goals and Objectives, Quality of Life, Economic Development, Land Use, Residential Development, Public Services, Transportation and also look at the current sections on streets, water, wastewater and drainage to see if they need to be revised.

• The Building Standards Commission ordered the demolition of four substandard houses.

This year, 2011, promises to also be a very active year for the City. The items that were started in 2010 will be completed in 2011, the Texas Legislature meets and that usually means more regulations and fees placed on cities, and hopefully, we will see new businesses in town.


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