By Lindsay Starr Platt, Correspondent
On April 12, at Belton City Council a presentation was given by Genevieve Gregg on the legacy of Jeff Hamilton. Gregg is a fourth generation descendant of Hamilton.
Gregg informed attendees at the city council meeting that a historical marker also honors Hamilton on the campus of the University of Mary Hardin-Baylor.
Matthew Bates, Director, City of Belton, Parks and Recreation, spoke about Youth Advisory Committee’s (YAC) annual “One Community One Day” event, held this past Saturday. 23 homes were helped and 88 volunteers showed up contributing to 151 hours of volunteer hours. The goal of “One Community One Day” was to help citizens in Belton with projects such as yard work or minor home repairs that do not have the means to do it themselves or to have anyone help them.
Cynthia Hernandez, member, Rotary Club International, Belton, spoke to council and attendees about Rotary After Work (RAW) meeting that would be taking place at Harris Community Center. The RAW meetings have arranged (with help from the city) for food trucks to be at the community center every Tuesday for Rotarians and members of the community to be able to eat dinner while attending meetings or just to stop by and to try out a new cuisine.
New city employees were introduced and presented during the city council meeting by their department supervisors. The following employees were introduced: Jasmine Rios, finance; Maurice Jeffries, fire; Bruce Ebbert, planning; Jumanne Christmas, Ryan Wood and Anita Wyatt, police; Eddy Bertrand, Robert Netupski and Beverly Bingham, public works.
The motion was carried on the consideration to authorize the purchase through BuyBoard of an ambulance for the amount of $154,025 with funds from the Greathouse Trust Fund. To date, seven ambulances have been paid for through the Zora Lee Greathouse Trust Fund.
Brandon Bozan, Director of Finance, City of Belton, presented the reaffirmation of the Fund Balance Policy to city council. The consideration was approved by all council members. Bozan stated there was $4,774, 571 available in the General Fund of the Unassigned Fund Balance.
The motion was carried to consider a resolution directing the electric company Oncor to file certain information with the City of Belton and to set a public hearing to determine if the existing rates of Oncor Electric Delivery Company are unreasonable. A resolution is required for Oncor to show why its rates should not be reduced and to file any rebuttal on or before November 10. A public hearing will then be held by the city council between November 15 and December 15 and the determination of the reasonableness of the existing rates of Oncor will be made and thereafter observed and enforced for all services of Oncor in the City of Belton.
The consideration was approved by city council to authorize the City Manager to execute the First Amendment to the Ownership and Management Agreement for the Temple-Belton Wastewater Treatment Plant between the City of Temple and the City of Belton. This agreement is regarding the sale and use of Effluent and the sale of water to Panda. Belton is entitled to 25% the profits made from any sales in this agreement.