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Former county auditor takes his place as mayor of Stockdale
Stockdale City Secretary Thania Santos (far right) administers the oath of office to Councilman Sherry D. Lambeck, Mayor Ray Wolff, and Councilman Saul Bosquez during the June 4 Stockdale City Council meeting.
Wilson County News June 12, 2013 2,482 views 2 comments
STOCKDALE -- After serving Wilson County for 24 years, Ray Wolff is beginning a new chapter in Stockdale history as its mayor, after taking the oath of office during the June 4 Stockdale City Council meeting. Wolff defeated former Mayor Johnny Stahl in the May 11 election. Stahl had served as mayor since May 2005.
Mayor Pro Tem Scott Soden canvassed the votes of the May election. Council members Sherry D. Lambeck and Saul Bosquez (Districts 1 and 2, respectively) were unopposed and were each re-elected to serve another two-year term.
The council also approved a resolution for the adoption of a 1/4 of 1 percent local sales and use tax for the purpose of maintenance and repair of city streets, which voters approved in May.
The first action taken by Wolff was the closure of streets for the Watermelon Jubilee Thursday through Saturday, June 13-15. Jackson Street through Main Street from Second to Sixth streets will be closed Saturday from 7-10 a.m. for the Watermelon Crawl Run. Other streets subject to closure Friday and Saturday are West Wheeler Street between S.H. 123 North and North Eighth Street.
The council also discussed budget and economic development items.
Stockdale Fire Chief Edwin Baker addressed the council about a need for a “Cost Recovery Program” for reimbursement of hazardous material services provided by the Stockdale Volunteer Fire Department.
In the past, a Homeland Security grant helped pay for some of the expenses, Baker said. He asked the council to consider adding this to the budget.
Baker said a recent oil spill near Nockenut Cemetery covered a 200-foot-by-600-foot area. When the firefighters used booms to contain the spill, oil collected on their coveralls.
“Once [the oil is] on the clothes, firefighters cannot wear them to a fire,” Baker said.
Baker also said the department’s use of the “jaws of life” has increased. In the past, the department used the equipment an average of three times a year. Today, Baker said, the department uses the equipment three times a month. With the merging of the Stockdale Volunteer Fire Department (VFD) with the Longhorn VFD, the Stockdale VFD was fortunate and inherited new tools, Baker said. One set needs to be replaced. Costs to replace the jaws of life are estimated between $600 to $800, and one needs to be replaced.
City Manager Banks Akin addressed the council about entering into a contract with the Stockdale Economic Development Corp. (SEDC) for development within the city’s industrial park.
The SEDC has been negotiating with Fox Chapel Oilfield Services LLP for a lease-to-purchase agreement in the industrial park. Currently the lease for Fox Chapel is $2,000 per month. Once a building is constructed, the lease will increase to $5,000 per month. The SEDC seeks a $130,000 loan, with 3.5 percent interest and payments of $2,500 per month for approximately five years. The city manager was advised to research further.
The council also:
•Approved the 2011-12 fiscal year audit report as presented by auditor Wayne Beyer. The increase in utility rates assisted with surplus ending balances, except for the natural gas account.
•Approved a billing service agreement between the Stockdale VFD and K & P Associates Inc.
•Approved for the city manager to sell fill material along West Wheeler Street due to construction of the road.
•Tabled the discussion of a rezoning request from Luis Vidal to change 118 E. Wheeler Street to a multi-family district. This issue will be discussed further at the July meeting.
In attendance: Mayor-elect Ray Wolff; Mayor Pro Tem Scott Soden; councilmen Sherry D. Lambeck, Saul Bosquez, Becky Adams, and Roger Armstrong; City Manager Banks Akin, City Secretary Thania Santos, City Clerk Margaret Hastings, Stockdale Fire Chief Edwin Baker; and auditor Wayne Beyer.
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