Airport board calls for fueling system bids

The City of Rockdale’s Airport Board met Thursday and decided to go out for bids on a fueling system that accepts credit cards at Coffield Airport.

City Manager Kelvin Knauf said the board also discussed maintenance items which will be followed up on by the staff.

The Airport Planning Committee also met to hear the proposed draft report by a consultant.

Knauf said no action was taken in connection with the draft report.

School facilities board to meet on Monday

The Rockdale ISD School Board’s facilities committee will meet at 5:30 p.m. Monday in Central Administration Building.

Only agenda item is to review and discuss facilities needs and recommendations.

Tourism committee may act on Orasi

The City of Rockdale’s new tourism committee may make its most important decision in a 1 p.m. Thursday session at City Hall.

“Discuss and take any necessary action” with the Orasi firm in an agenda item for that committee.

Orasi was the city council’s preferred choice among three firms making recent presentations to bring “a new set of eyes” to the city’s tourism and lodging promotion efforts.”

If approved, the tourism committee will have approval/disapproval power over Orasi plans regarding “branding” and promoting Rockdale.

Other agenda items include applications for hotel occupancy tax funds from the Rockdale Girls Softball Association and Hero Rush, along with development of a post-event reporting form.

Tourism committee members will also discuss training for the board and will talk about setting a date for regular monthly meetings.

P&Z Board to discuss subdivision request

Rockdale’s Planning & Zoning Board will meet to hear a shortform subdivision request in a 3 p.m. session at City Hall.

End Game Development has submitted the request for a re-plat of current 4.599 acres and 12.895 acres into a tract of 17.494 acres.

May 30 deadline for RISD pupil transfers

Parents of students transferring into the Rockdale ISD from other districts are reminded that May 30 is the deadline to apply for student transfers in the 2013-14 term, according to Dr. Howell Wright, superintendent.

There is no transfer fee, he said.

Transfer forms may be completed by contacting Donna Melcher at the superintendent’s office, 520 West Davilla, during regular office hours Monday through Friday.

Clinic expanding pool of specialist physicians

Little River Healthcare has signed an agreement with King’s Daughters Clinic of Temple to expand the pool of specialists visiting the Rockdale clinics.

Jeff Madison, Richards Memorial Hospital CEO, said the agreement does not affect the hospital, which is not “affiliating” with any other entity. “King’s Daughters Hospital is now part of Scott & White, but King’s Daughters Clinic continues as a separate entity,” he said.

CAPARO set to meet Monday at Alcoa Lake

The Community Advisory Panel to Alcoa’s Rockdale Operations (CAPARO) will meet Monday, May 13, for a status report on reclamation of the former Sandow Mine, as well as an update from Alcoa on business, environment and safety matters.

The 6 to 8:30 p.m. meeting will be held at the Alcoa Lake Training Center, according to Diane Sheridan, facilitator, who said observers are welcome.

Contact Sheridan at 800/484- 9212, extension 4127 or

Rockdale residents are also welcome to contact CAP members John Hughes at 512/947-3191 or Bob Wilson at 512/446-5700.

Water line flushing ahead on May 15th

The monthly water line flushing in Rockdale is set for the night of Wednesday, May 15, according to City Manager Kelvin Knauf.

Knauf said city crews will flush lines on both the east and west sides of town.

He reminded Rockdale resident to run their cold water taps upon arising the next morning until the stream runs clear to remove any sediment left in the lines from flushing.

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