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Council approves $4K from hotel tax funding for arena project
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The Stockdale Chamber of Commerce will seek additional funds for improvements in the Stockdale City Park’s rodeo arena, after the Stockdale City Council awarded only part of the chamber’s request during a Nov. 18 called meeting.
During the Nov. 5 council meeting, Stockdale Chamber of Commerce Director Randall Lingo explained the upgrades the chamber has scheduled for the rodeo grounds and asked the city if hotel/motel tax proceeds could be directed to the chamber for this purpose. The chamber estimates the project -- bleachers and renovation of the press box -- would cost up to $35,000. The chamber has allocated up to $20,000 for this project and sought more funds from the hotel-motel occupancy tax.
Based on hotel/motel occupancy during the Watermelon Jubilee in June, Mayor Ray Wolff said the most the city could contribute is $3,500, based on criteria for this revenue use from the attorney general.
According to City Manager Banks Akin, the Chamber of Commerce meets one of the seven criteria from the attorney general to award funding from the hotel-motel tax, as the Jubilee brought in tourists who stayed overnight in the city’s hotels.
After much discussion, the council approved an award of $4,000 to the Stockdale Chamber of Commerce for the rodeo grounds improvements. Councilmen Roger Armstrong, Scott Soden, and Saul Bosquez voted in favor, with Becky Adams abstaining. Adams wanted to give $5,000; her motion died, due to a lack of a second.
The council also discussed a request for transitory living fee expenses from Rudy Quintanilla, owner of Hwy. 87 RV Park. Quintanilla plans to cut capacity at his park -- from the current 12 slots to eight -- and requested a discount for the four slots that will not be available.
Akin explained the RV ordinance sets the fee at $10 per recreational vehicle slot, per month, whether occupied or not. This does not include the cost for utilities used.
After much discussion, the council tabled Quintanilla’s request, until changes are made to the RV ordinance. Among the items discussed are:
•Discounts and/or credits to the owner when slots are taken out of service.
•Establishment of an escrow account.
•Setting a fine of $1,000 if the RV owner reopens a lot that was designated as closed, without notifying the city.
In other matters, the council held a public hearing for a rezoning request from Eric Gann for property located at 106 W. Wheeler. Gann requests a change for the lots to a commercial district from the current residential status. Gann plans to construct a tire and truck accessory shop at that location. No one addressed the council on the matter.
In attendance: Mayor Ray Wolff; councilmen Scott Soden, Saul Bosquez, Becky Adams, and Roger Armstrong; City Manager Banks Akin, City Secretary Thania Santos, and Stockdale Chamber of Commerce Director Randall Lingo.
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