In addition to handling a number of important items on their agenda, the City of Sonora City Council approved advertising for a City Manager during their regular meeting Monday, November 19, 2018.

Council members OK’d posting the position after accepting a Letter of Retirement from Ed Carrasco. Carrasco is retiring effective January 31, 2019.
In addition, the council held two separate public hearings to provide assistance for proposed community development projects for Eaton Hill Nature Center and community post flood disaster relief.

The first hearing was held to invite public comments regarding providing assistance, in the amount of $35,000 to Eaton Hill Nature Center & Preserve for a portion of their expenses for fiscal year 2018-2019. The expenses include but are not limited to administrative, nature center displays, repair and maintenance and employee and volunteer training.

The second hearing welcomed comments regarding a Special grant project to commit $25,000 in funds for those approved for a special grant for disaster relief. The grants will provide assistance to existing businesses damaged by natural disasters occurring on or after September 21, 2018, with assistance in repair and/or replacement of structural components, furniture, fixtures and equipment to be distributed in accordance with guidelines of the Sonora Economic Development Corporation.

In regular business, the council approved consent items including the minutes of the October 15, regular meeting, Sonora Police Department and Senior Center monthly reports as well as a list of amendments to the 2017-2018 fiscal year budget.

Chief Art Fuentes acknowledged his officers for their outstanding response and actions during the September 21 flood event in Sonora.

In other business, Council members approved an Engineering Services Contract with Birkhoff, Hendricks and Carter, LLC for the city’s 2019-2020 Texas Community Development Block grant (TXCDBG) Community Development (CD) Fund Application and potential project.

The council also approved authorizing the City manager to revise the City of Sonora fee schedule. The revised schedule will be presented to the council for approval at a future date.

Additionally, council members reviewed and discussed an amended Flood Damage Prevention Ordinance as well as an encroachment agreement regarding a local municipal property.

Finally, Council member Cody Gann opened a discussion regarding illegal dumping of trash by non-residents of Sonora into dumpsters and neighborhoods with in the city limits. Fuentes said it is illegal to dump trash in a dumpster not assigned to individual based on residential address and who are account holders with the city water/sewer/trash billing account. A notice will be posted regarding the issue.
With no further business to discuss the meeting was adjourned.

Mayor Wanda Shurley presided over the meeting. Council Members Cody Gann, Juanita Gomez and Norm Rousselot were present. Manuel Martinez was absent.

The next regular meeting of the City of Sonora City Council is set for Monday, December 17, 2018, at 6:00 p.m. at City Hall.