Commentary

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City manager reviews highlights of 2012 in Rockdale
Kelvin Knauf
City Manager

There were many highlights for 2012 in the City of Rockdale with the following city council and city government actions:

Rehabilitation of the airport and runway wells; establishment of utility project priorities; adoption of a 10 a-year capital improvement program for the water system.

Engineering firm of Freese and Nichols hired for the water tower project, bids opened on the water line replacement project on MLK Drive and part of Third Street; approved the sale of treated effluent to Alpha Reclaim Technology, Inc.; authorized the sale of $525,000 in Certificates of Obligation for utility improvements.

Approved payment of services for repairs to the Texas Street water well; approved adding a polyphosphate to the water system to address the brown water problem, and approved an agreement with KSA Engineers for design and construction management of a new water well; approved an application for a Community Development Block Grant to replace a main sewer line.

Established a recycling center, paved 7562 square yards of streets, and approved an Adopta Park program. Two Stash Your Trash Days were conducted.

Authorized repairs to the police department building; approved the purchase of computers, related equipment and software for police vehicles.

Amended council rules and procedures concerning placement of items on the agenda by Council members; established Council priorities for the 2012-13 fiscal year.

Approved Municipal Development District (MDD) expending funds for a Downtown Master Plan; approved the MDD expenditure of funds for an executive director employment package; and authorized the MDD to expend funds for extension of utilities to the proposed Hunter’s Chase Apartment project.

Approved an Airport Project Participation Agreement with TxDOT for an airport action plan (the local match is paid by the MDD) and approved the MDD application to the Texas Department Transportation for a Transportation Enhancement Grant for replacement of sidewalks in the downtown area; adopted a resolution expressing the city’s interest in tax abatement agreements.

Approved the 2012-13 annual budget; approved an agreement with the law firm of McCreary, Veselka, Bragg & Allen, P.C. for collection of delinquent court fines and fees and delinquent warrant fees.

Approved an agreement with Resource Professionals Group to conduct an audit of the hotels and the Chamber of Commerce concerning hotel occupancy tax funds; approved taking applications for funding of eligible events, programs and services from the collection of hotel occupancy taxes; adopted an ordinance to increase the hotel tax rate from 5.5% to 7%.

Approved an ord inance restricting the amount of time and location a person can park a recreational vehicle within the city, with certain exceptions for commercial enterprises; approved a pavilion rental policy for pavilions at Veterans Park and Fair Park; and approved a policy denying waivers of demolition or mowing liens placed by the City on property.

Approved a waiver to allow a septic tank outside the city limits for GLF Americas, LLC; approved a resolution opposing any proposed legislation in the Texas Legislature which would reduce the amount of revenues collected by the city; approved an incentive policy for the Rockdale Volunteer Fire Department.

Approved guidelines for filming feature movies, television episodes, commercial or training films in Rockdale; approved re-codification of the City Code.

Conducted two public meetings on the draft Comprehensive City Plan; on a recommendation from the Planning & Zoning Commission, approved re-zoning property located on Wilcox Street from R1 residential to C2 commercial.

Approved issuing a Request for Proposals for advertising and promotion of tourism and the lodging industry in Rockdale.

Participated in Nature Festival with a booth and the Christmas parade with a float.


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