Update on Lytle City Council meeting on October 12, 2021
The first Lytle City Council meeting of October was moved from Monday, October 11 to Tuesday, October 12 because of the Columbus Day holiday which was celebrated this year on October 11.
The Council approved a request from Indigo Construction to place water meter on a fire hydrant for site work in The Saddle Ridge Estates. This will give the company more flexibility is keeping dust down as they move around the site.
The Council tabled a request for proposal (RPF) for a city tree trimming project. They are awaiting more information about the project.
Lytle High School requested that the City help provide brush for their homecoming bonfire. The City will coordinate with Waste Management to have some of the brush from the October brush clean up delivered to the bonfire site.
The Council approved an agenda item to adopt a city ordinance which will regulate construction and demolition within the city limits of Lytle.
The City Council will set a workshop date in the near future to draw up the wording for an ordinance to establish Robert’s Rules of Order as parliamentary procedure for all Lytle City Council meetings as well as other official meetings of various city committees.
The Council approved a proclamation designating October 15 as White Cane Safety Day.
Alderman Emery provided an update on the city-wide clean up day scheduled for October 16.
Mr. James McGrath, Director of Public Works, presented an update on placing the new 25 mile-per-hour speed limit signs on designated streets. He reported that the signs have arrived, but they are awaiting purchase of the poles and hardware to install the signs. Several different styles of poles were discussed. It was agreed that the city would purchase enough break-away poles to install the new signs along Somerset Street first to see how they work out. The new speed limit will be enforced on Somerset Street as soon as the new signs are installed.
Mr. McGrath also informed the Council that the bollard replacement project on Somerset Street, across from the City Park entrance, had been delayed but should be done in the last week of October.
Alderman Emery presented a short summary on the workshop that was held to discuss and make plans to fill open positions at City Hall.
Several agenda items pertaining to filling open positions at City Hall were tabled until job descriptions for the positions could be updated.
Mayor Gonzalez presented an update on a recent Texas Department of Transportation (TxDOT) meeting where projects in the City of Lytle were discussed. Among the potential projects discussed were:
- A redesign of the intersection of TX Hwy 2790 at N. Prairie
- Upgrading of the IH-35 frontage roads within the city limits of Lytle, which will include adding sidewalks
- Adjustment to the traffic light on TX 132 at McDonald Street to allow more traffic to turn right or move north on TX 132
- Adding a traffic light at TX 132 at TX 2790
- Repairing the sidewalk over the canal on TX 132, across from the Baptist Church
- Adding a north-bound off ramp and a south-bound on ramp to IH 35 at TX 2790
- Adjust location of north-bound on ramp to Lytle at TX 3175 to allow for increase traffic flow which is expected due to new businesses coming to the area
- Adjustment to the traffic light on IH 35 frontage road at TX 2790 to reduce the hazard to northbound traffic
The Council agreed to adopt a paid quarantine leave policy/ordinance which will apply to police, first responders, and all other city employees. The policy will make paid quarantine leave retroactive to October 1, 2021.
The Council heard quarterly City Liaison reports from the Library Liaison, the Police Department Liaison, The City Hall Liaison, the Public Works Liaison, and the Street Liaison.
City Council meetings are held every second and fourth Monday evenings of the month at 6:30 in the City Hall courtroom. These are open meetings, so the public is invited and encouraged to attend.
Alderman, District 3