By Ashley Inge
DUBLIN (October 15, 2018) – The Dublin City Council held its monthly meeting on Monday night. They made several motions and approvals of many items of discussion, like appointing a new citizen to the Erath County Appraisal District and appointing the official newspaper for the city of Dublin.
The meeting began with an award given to Officer Coby Giles of the Dublin Police Department. Giles located an abandoned vehicle and found that it was stolen out of Dallas, Texas. He linked the vehicle to a person known to engage in criminal activity in the area. He began piecing together information over the next couple of days, two of which were his days off. He was able to obtain not only the arrest warrant but a criminal indictment for the offense of unauthorized use of a motor vehicle. Giles was given the Police Shield Award.
The council approved a request by resident, Brooke Mendenhall, to rezone 404 N. Patrick in Dublin, lot six, block 80 to a B-1 neighborhood business for a photography studio.
Local citizen Mark Willaughby requested to rent the rodeo arena for this fall for the kids. The council voted to table the discussion until they get more information.
Charlie Bradberry requested to build new hangars at the Dublin Municipal Airport. The council made a motion to send the request to the Airport Committee.
Mark Ellis, requested to start an Air B&B at the Dublin Municipal Airport. Ellis would like to grow the airport and create a destination city by taking a few older homes with two bedrooms, fireplaces and 800 square feet and have people stay the night and spend some time in the city on the next day. He estimates that it will take $7,000 to transport and $30,000 to put into the property. The council made a motion to send the request to the Airport Committee.
Rick Bassham, a local citizen, wants to install power to his hangar #2 at the Dublin Municipal Airport. He is willing to put in the expense himself so there would be no liability to the city. The council made a motion to send the request to the Airport Committee.
The council considered setting guidelines for two RV Parks located within Dublin’s ETJ (Extraterritorial Jurisdiction). One of the RV Parks is called We’re RV’ing and the other one is located on 377 called Camel Stop Inc. The council made the motion to move the agenda item to the Ordinance Committee.
The Dublin Citizen was appointed to be the official newspaper for the city of Dublin.
The council also revised the Water, Wastewater and Solid Waste Ordinance by changing the date to receive all paperwork for extensions, pledge letters or excessive water leaks requests to the 15th of each month.
The council adopted a resolution designating authorized signatures for the 2018 Texas CDBG (Community Development Block Grant) program contract. They also approved a resolution adopting required CDBG Civil Rights policies and proclaimed April as Fair Housing Month.
The council appointed Mac McKinnon for the Erath County Appraisal Board to represent Dublin.
The council also voted to have Dec. 21 be a half day.
The next city council meeting will be on Nov. 12.