Aug 27

Update from Lytle City Council meeting of August 23, 2021

Posted on August 27, 2021 at 12:45 PM by Matthew Dear

August 26, 2021

Update from Lytle City Council meeting of August 23, 2021

The City Council approved a noise variance to St. Andrew’s Catholic Church for its Church Festival scheduled for October 10.

The Lytle VFW Post #12041 requested that they be allowed to postpone the September 11 Festival. They cited the reason for their request as the current problems associated with total American troop withdrawal from Afghanistan. They will still have a memorial ceremony at the VFW Memorial on Main Street on the morning of September 11. They hope to do the Festival at a later date this year. The Council approved their request and will hold the money previously approved to help the event in reserve.

City Council approved doubling its cyber liability insurance coverage. The cost to double coverage is less than $50 a year.

City Council approved new impact fees for water and sewage connections on new constructions. The increased fees will help offset the cost to the city of connecting new constructions. The Council also discussed the possibility of adding an impact fee for roads, as new development increases in the city.

The Council approved a proposal from Brown Electrical Services for electric service at the new City Well #4.

They Council authorized the City Engineer to advertise for bids for City Well #4’s final phase.

The Council appointed Philip Devaney to the City of Lytle Beautification Committee. They also appointed me as the City Council Liaison to the Beautification Committee. There will be a city cleanup day on October 16.

The Council approved the adoption of a policy for use of rubber signature stamps in the city government.

At our next meeting, on September 13, we will finalize a list of streets to be resurfaced in the coming months. I’ll list the streets as soon as we vote on the list.

The wood and cable bollards on N. Somerset St will be replaced next week. These are the ones across the street from the N. Somerset St entry to John Lott Park.

The Council also hear Department reports from Animal Control, Library, Code Compliance, Public Works, Police Chief, Finance Director, and City Secretary.

Please feel free to contact me at david.emery@lytletx.org if you have any questions, concerns, or suggestions.


The next City Council meeting is September 13 at 6:30 p.m. at the City Hall. These are open meetings, so everyone is welcome to come.


Jul 30

Update from City Council Meeting of July 26

Posted on July 30, 2021 at 1:40 PM by Matthew Dear

July 30, 2021

Update from City Council Meeting of July 26

The council gave the OK for the VFW Post #12041 to upgrade the Gazebo at the Veterans’ Memorial Park on Main Street. They will also be adding a ramp for easy access.

The ordinance to reduce the speed limit to 25 mph on certain city streets that I wrote about in my last update was voted on and approved. The reduced speed limit will go into effect as soon as the new speed limit signs are installed. The violation of the new ordinance will be a misdemeanor punishable upon conviction by a fine of not less than $10.00 and not more than $200.00.

Our Animal Care and Control Division will soon be getting some new kennels. The City of Natalia asked if they could have our old ones. The Council approved the request.

A city budget workshop and special meeting has been scheduled for August 2. The meeting is open to the public and will be in the City Hall, starting at 6:30.

Seventy properties around town were found to have trees that need trimming due to low lying limbs on roadways. The property owners will be sent letters notifying them of the issue and giving them the opportunity to trim the trees or the city will have to trim them.

Hot pink notices will soon be sent out to delinquent taxpayers. This notice tells them that they are on the city’s delinquent tax roll and that their names will be posted in the local newspaper if they don’t pay their taxes.

We discussed the possible need of hiring someone to help with the multiple tasks that fall under the jurisdictions of the City Council and City Hall. One suggestion was that we hire a City Administrator. City Administrators work under and report to City Councils. Our city is not large enough to have a City Manager, which is a position that does not work under nor report to City Councils. The job description for a City Administrator is quite extensive and would require us to pay something in the area of $100,000 a year, plus insurance and benefits, for the right person. This amount would be a new line item in our already stretched budget. Several people at the meeting objected to spending this amount of money at this time, suggesting that Lytle is several years away from needing such a position. This is an open item.

Please feel free to contact me at david.emery@lytletx.org if you have any questions, concerns, or suggestions.

The next City Council meeting is August 9 at 6:30 p.m. at the City Hall. These are open meetings, so everyone is welcome to come.

 

 

Jul 14

Update from City Council Meeting of July 12, 2021

Posted on July 14, 2021 at 10:30 AM by Matthew Dear

July 13, 2021

Update from City Council Meeting of July 12, 2021

 

The Lytle VFW Post #12041 asked and the City Council approved funds for a 9-11 20th Anniversary Observance and Celebration to be held in and around Lytle on September 11. The sequence of planned events include:

A Memorial—Moment of Silence at the VFW Memorial on Main Street

Freedom Walk from John Lott Part to the VFW Memorial on Main Street

Car Show

1st Annual Purple Heart Run/Walk

Fireworks Display

In the park throughout the day there will be food truck vendors, a car show, bands, and a group called “Irreverent Warriors” who will present a program on Suicide Awareness. The Lytle ISD and the Lytle Chamber of Commerce will assist the VFW.

Please make plans to attend and tell your neighbors as well as your friends and family, both nearby and far away, about this special event.

Speeding on certain city streets has become a problem. To try to get people to slow down and be safe, the speed limit on several city streets will be reduced to 25 mph. The speed limit change will take effect when new speed limit signs are put up. The streets affected will be Diaz Street in Coalmine, Somerset/North Somerset from the beginning of city maintenance on FM 3175 to Laredo Street, North Benton Street from Main Street to Lake Street, North Prairie Street from Main Street to the junction of North Prairie Street and FM 2790, and Lytle Somerset Street.

If you’ve been wondering what is going into the building formerly occupied by Topis Mexican Restaurant on Main Street at North Somerset, wonder no more. The Railhead Restaurant will be moving from its present location, right across the street in the near future.

The recent rains have caused a number of problems around the city. Grass is growing almost too quickly to keep up with. Many areas around Lytle have suffered from flooding. Some city streets have growing potholes. The City Council is looking at various options to solve the reoccurring flooding problems in certain spots around the city and in Coalmine. Needless to say, the fixes won’t be cheap and they won’t happen immediately. The Public Works Department is working on some short-term fixes by removing dirt and grass buildup along certain roads. I’ll let you know when we have some solid plans to address this problem. The Public Works Department has procured some repair material to begin patching potholes. The recent rains have slowed their progress and has worsened the pothole problems. The City Council understands that patching potholes is a temporary fix. Please let me know if there are potholes near your house that need to be filled. We are developing plans to do some major street resurfacing in the near future. Again, I’ll let you know when we finalize our plans.

 

Please feel free to contact me at david.emery@lytletx.org if you have any questions, concerns, or suggestions.

The next City Council meeting is July 26 at 6:30 p.m. at the City Hall. These are open meetings so everyone is welcome to come.