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Council considers hotel tax funding for arena project
Improvements in the Stockdale City Park’s rodeo arena dominated the Nov. 6 Stockdale City Council meeting.
“This is our first rodeo,” commented Mayor Ray Wolff, responding to a request from the Stockdale Chamber of Commerce for a distribution of the city’s motel and hotel tax revenues.
Chamber directors Jennifer Dillingham and Randall Lingo addressed the council regarding the relocation to the rodeo arena of the Stockdale High School football field bleachers. The bleachers are scheduled for demolition, due to construction of a new track complex. The Stockdale Independent School District has told the chamber it can have the bleachers, free of charge, if the chamber assumes responsibility for their relocation, Lingo said.
The two provided a drawing of the proposed arena improvements, with Lingo stating that the school’s bleachers would eliminate safety issues identified at the rodeo grounds. The chamber estimates the project -- bleachers and renovation of the press box -- would cost $30,000. The chamber has allocated up to $20,000 for this project and is seeking additional funding from the hotel-motel occupancy tax.
Dillingham said that since the rodeo is considered as a sporting event, the project is eligible for such funds.
The council gave permission to proceed with the relocation of the bleachers, but tabled discussion of the amount the city can allocate from the hotel tax.
The council will revisit this during a special called meeting set for Monday, Nov. 18. This will allow the city’s motel owners to offer input, since an economic impact statement must be considered if the amount requested is eligible.
In other matters, the council:
•Tabled a request from Stockdale Lions Club President Angelicque Schmidt for the organization to use the Stockdale City Park for a proposed barbecue cook-off in April or May 2014, until a date is finalized.
•Took no action regarding Rene Dillingham’s request to remove a house at 1216 W. Main St. in Stockdale, after she purchased the land. Lawyers, due to delinquent taxes, have placed a lien on the property. Wolff advised her to contact the attorney handling the case as to how to proceed.
Stockdale City Council meeting, Nov. 6. In attendance: Mayor Ray Wolff; councilmen Sherry D. Lambeck, Scott Soden, Saul Bosquez, and Roger Armstrong; City Manager Banks Akin, City Secretary Thania Santos, Stockdale Lions Club President Angelicque Schmidt; Stockdale Chamber of Commerce directors Randall Lingo, Jennifer Dillingham, and Betty Soto; and Rene Dillingham .
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