Published June 12, 2014
By Patrick Lacombe, Journal reporter
Belton’s City Council unanimously voted to authorize City Manager Sam Listi to take necessary steps for conveyance of a former Rockwool property from the city to the Belton Economic Development Corporation. The site, which is located between Taylors Valley Road and extends south toward Nolan Creek across from FM 93, was the subject of an EPA Superfund cleanup in 1998, costing approximately $17 million.
The entire property totals 94 acres and is valued at $910,000. The city will retain ownership of a 20-acre tract, which will be used for future expansion of the Waste Water Facility. The BEDC hopes to attract new businesses to the property, which will result in jobs and economic growth.
Belton Police Chief Gene Ellis appealed to the council to pass a resolution authorizing the Belton Police Department to apply for a FY 2015 COPS hiring program grant. If chosen, the BPD would receive $120,000 in federal funds and $40,000 in matching funds from the City. The resolution passed 6-0.
The council also recognized Firefighter Medic Joseph Hill for completion of his Firefighter Academy training. Belton Fire Chief Francisco Corona presented Hill with his certificate. Chief Corona also asked the council to consider an interlocal agreement with the Belton Independent School District for operation of a career and technical high school education course. The course will not affect the Fire Department budget, since all instructors will be paid by the school district. The Council consented unanimously.
Katie Mitchell, MDA Area Director, recognized the Belton Fire Department for raising the most money ever during the 2014 “Fill The Boot” event. The department raised a record $11,779 for the MDA.
In a work session, the council discussed the implementation of technology enhancements for the City Council and staff. All members agreed that the new computer system is necessary and authorized City IT head Denny Lassater to go ahead with further study of the enhancements.