Here’s a rundown of city, MDD action in 2011

Last year was a very busy one for the City of Rockdale and the Rockdale Municipal Development District (MDD).

CITY—The city council amended the peddlers, solicitors and transient merchants ordinance to allow rejection of a permit for peddlers, solicitors or transient merchants with a criminal background.

The council suppor ted the application of Hunters Chase Apartments for 2011 Housing Tax Credits and Home Investment Partnership Program for the construction of senior apartments in Rockdale.

The City’s first website went online to help citizens interact with the City, promote tourism and provide information about the MDD.

Rockdale’s Planning & Zoning Commission continued working on the comprehensive master plan.

The Parks Adv isor y Board began the development of a parks master plan.

The City conducted an economic development summit.

A study on re-districting was conducted and an ordinance passedwhich re-aligned Council districts to be compliant with the 2010 Census.

A memorandum of understanding between the City and the Rockdale Fair Associationwas approved. The City Council took bids for garbage collection service and awarded the service to IESI for once a week residential and small business pickup with carts.

Doug Calame was re-elected to the City Council and Melody Dawson was elected to the Council.

After receiving input from the hotel operators and the Chamber of Commerce, the City Council voted to reduce the hotel occupancy tax from 7% to 5.5%.

A Joint Airport Hazard Zoning Commission with the Milam County Commissioners Court was established to develop a hazard zone forthe airport.

The council approved buying voting machines in conjunction with the Rockdale Independent School District and the Rockdale Hospital District,thereby keeping the May election date.

An interlocal agreement with the Texas Department of Transportation was approved for an airport action/business development plan.

The City issued $2,075,000 in Certificates of Obligation for water and wastewater improvements ($1,725,000) and to buy a new fire truck ($350,000). The City Council also approved a consent to pledge to assist the Rockdale Volunteer Fire Department in their purchase of a new fire rescue truck.

A new bank depository agreement was approved.

The City Council also approved a new management contract with the Rockdale Municipal Development District for the administration of hotel occupancy tax funds. Approximately 5,800 square yards of streets were paved last year.

Construction of Sumuel Park in the southeast part of townwas completed.

Two “Stash Your Trash” days were held in 2011 to help residents dispose of unwanted junk. Improvements were made to the pilot’s lounge atthe airport.

A major water line was replaced on Cameron Avenue from Burleson Street to ScarbroughStreet. A water leak detection program was finished in 2011.

MDD—The MDD initiated the airport action/business development plan and also began the construction of new entrance signs to the City.

The MDD hosted two economic development workshops; one by Joe Newman of the Elgin Economic Development Corporation and the other by Joyce Biseof the Giddings Economic Development Corporation and also hosted a webinar put on by The Retail Coach.

The MDDstarted the planning for improvements to the Patterson Community Center.

MDD Board members were active in working with the owner of the Rockdale Marketplace property in their marketing efforts.

The board was active in trying to attract a YMCA to Rockdale.

The MDD began the recruitment of an MDD Manager/business recruiter.

Georgia Richards and Mary Ridgway were appointed to the board of directors.

The board formed a task force called “Operation First Impression” to discuss ways to improve the appearance of the community.

Many thanks to the employees, board and commission members, volunteers, residents and businesses who helped make the accomplishments of 2011 possible.

The year 2012 is shaping up to also be very busy for the City and the MDD.

The local economy, maintenance of infrastructure such as the utility system and streets, responding to citizens requests and attracting new businesses and residents will be major issues in 2012.

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