Early City Council member Janice Bush was honored during her final council meeting on Tuesday evening, the first meeting since Saturday’s city elections.
Early mayor Dr. Robert Mangrum presented Bush with a commemorative award at the end of the meeting. It read: “Presented with sincere appreciation to Janice Bush for the service and commitment you have dedicated to the council, city and citizens of Early, Texas, 2006-2017.”
Bush did not stand for re-election in Saturday’s city vote and will be replaced on the council by Travis Eoff. Incumbent councilman Joel Johnson will retain his seat.
“This is one of those bittersweet moments,” Mangrum said. “I can’t believe we’ve had 11 years pass already.”
The meeting began with a proclamation recognizing Lupus Awareness Month and encouraging Early residents to wear purple on May 19.
In city administrator Tony Aaron’s monthly report, Aaron said the plans for the new Early visitors center are nearly complete. He said the upcoming wastewater treatment plant should be under construction by June 1, and that the size of the irrigation pond may be increased because the project is under budget.
Aaron also noted that the city has raised almost $9,000 for the memorial benches in the revamped McDonald Park, which will purchase nine benches.
During the meeting the council also voted to:
• Accept the 2015-2016 Fiscal Year Visitors and Tourism Bureau Audit as presented by Chamber of Commerce membership director Shelly Taff.
• Approve Resolution 2017-EDR03, a municipal development grant application in the amount of $25,000 for property improvements at 414 Early Blvd. Sparks Insurance will add onto its existing structure to accommodate more employees.
• Approve a 25-foot variance for the 25-foot setback to place a carport at 102 Bevrodon Dr.
• Approve Resolution 2017-CVR06, a $5,000 hotel occupancy tax fund grant for the Southwest Amputee Golf Association.
• Approve Resolution 2017-CVR07, a $1,500 hotel occupancy tax fund grant for the Brown County Fair Association. The organization had sought $6,500, but the council decided to spend only what it had budgeted for the event.
• Approved the purchase of a mower for parks and right-of-way maintenance with funds received from the sale of salvage and surplus items.
• Agreed to delay a decision on the fate of the locker room building at McDonald Park. Aaron said that the locker rooms are currently being used for storage and said he had not come up with another use for the aging structure. Aaron said that the building could be demolished and eventually replaced with a pavilion or similar structure, but council members decided to delay action pending a further look at the situation. The structure will require significant repair or alteration if it is kept.
The city council will hold a special called meeting on Thursday, May 11 at 6 p.m. to canvas votes from Saturday’s election.