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City Council Recap July 20, 2021

Proposed new ordinances addressing unattended donation boxes and public camping, a new quarantine leave policy for Lockhart first responders, a loan repayment extension agreement for Visionary Fiber Technologies, a memorandum of understanding with GBRA, the U.S. economic development grant application, COVID-19 economic recovery fund status and community updates were discussed in last night’s City Council meeting.


Economic Development Performance Agreement with Visionary Fiber Technologies: Council approved a short-term extension of a repayment deadline for Visionary Fiber Technologies.


Lockhart COVID-19 Economic Recovery Fund Status: Council members discussed the status of the City’s COVID-19 Economic Recovery Fund. One option included crediting $2,500 to businesses that received a loan from the City and retain the remainder on reserve. No decision was made. Council plans to take action at the next meeting, August 3rd.


“Use of Public Areas” Ordinance:  Council members approved the “Use of Public Areas” ordinance. The City Attorney drafted the ordinance to clarify and consolidate existing regulations which are applicable and effective in reducing or preventing the effects of homelessness.


Quarantine Leave Policy for Fire, Police, and EMS: City Council passed an ordinance implementing the requirements of H.B. 2073 to establish a paid quarantine leave policy when police officers, firefighters, and EMT’s are ordered to quarantine due to exposures to communicable disease while on duty.


Memorandum of Understanding with GBRA: City Council approved a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) involving the Carrizo Groundwater Supply Project, which passes through the City of Lockhart. The MOU contemplates a short-term study to evaluate GBRA’s efforts to bring additional treated water to the Texas 130 Corridor.


U.S. Economic Development Administration Grant Application: City Council gave the LEDC the green light to continue with its U.S. Economic Development Administration’s grant application. The $2-million grant will help facilitate engineering and construction of a 2.5-mile wastewater line for the Lockhart Industrial Park III, located on SH-130 and SH-142. The new line would serve the future needs of the west and northwest portions of Lockhart.


“Donation Boxes” Ordinance: City Council approved an ordinance that requires organizations and/or people to register donation boxes with the City. Organizations have placed donation boxes in the City to receive clothing, household items, and similar goods for charitable purposes that potentially become unsightly due to over-filling, lack of maintenance, rummaging, items placed outside the boxes, broken glass, and other concerns. The Ordinance will require all such organizations and persons to register each box with the City, imposes construction and placement standards for such boxes, and details the procedure and requirements for registration.

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