Dublin City Council: A fresh face for Ward 3, new facilities taking shape after storm

Former council member Bobby Mendez resigned from the Dublin City Council after being appointed interim Dublin Police Chief. || Jessie Horton photo



DUBLIN (April 12, 2016) – Council members in Dublin accepted the resignation of David Zinck from his seat on the council for Ward 3 and appointed Sarah McCann to the unexpired term during their regular monthly meeting this week.

The council heard from both Zach Curry and McCann as to why each should be appointed to fill the seat left vacant by Zinck’s resignation before discussing their options and voting unanimously to appoint McCann to the seat.

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In addition to filling the vacant seat, council members also heard from city officials regarding the cleanup and repair of city buildings from the most recent round of spring storms. According to Dublin City Administrator Nancy Wooldridge, the city has been working with TML and the insurance company to get everything repaired as quickly as possible, while ensuring that it is all done to code and to the council’s wishes.

Wooldridge reported the city hall roof would need to be replaced, as expected, and presented bids for different plans for the roof. Chad Fuller, president of Calvary Construction – the company working on the city facilities, was also present and said he would work towards getting the city back in its buildings as soon as possible. However, the council was unwilling to completely approve the bids until Fuller presents a more comprehensive rundown of costs and benefits, which he said he could do.

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The council also approved a CDBG grant bid for pipe bursting to replace approximately 3,100 feet of sewer line. The grant will not cover all the cost, but the city will only have to make up an estimated quarter of the costs with the help of the grant. This project will also put the city passed the 1.3 miles of replaced pipe required by TCEQ.

Wooldridge also presented council members with options for repainting the elevated water tower maintained by the city. The council agreed to paint the tower white after it has been power washed. Then the Dublin ISD logos and City of Dublin logos will be installed on the sides.

In other business, the council approved several other agenda items including,

• reports from department heads (police department, EMS, city hall)

• tearing down the ‘comfort station’ between the pavilion and the Lions Field

• declaring the unopposed candidates for the May 7 election and canceling the election

• accepting the vacation time changes to the city’s personnel policy, and

• a proclamation for National Library Week.

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