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A resolution addressing a Councilmember’s remarks, election services, LPD’s state mandated Racial Profiling Report, Emergency Warning System annual review, Hotel Occupancy Tax allocations, short-term rentals, load shedding notifications, and an Airport Advisory Board appointment were discussed in last night’s City Council meeting.
Executive Session: Following an Executive Session, Council approved a resolution denouncing Councilmember David Bryant’s antisemitic remarks from a recent sermon, resulting in his censure and a call for his resignation.
Election Services: City Council agreed to contract the Caldwell County Elections Administrator to conduct the City of Lockhart’s General Election on November 8, 2022.
Lockhart Police Department’s 2021 Racial Profiling Report: Council accepted the Lockhart Police Department’s 2021 Racial Profiling Report, which was submitted to the Texas Commission on Law Enforcement (TCOLE) as required by state law. The report provides comprehensive analysis and data relating to motor vehicle stops--in which a ticket, citation, or warning is issued--and arrests made in those stops in relation to a person’s race.
Lockhart Emergency Warning System Annual Review: Council conducted an annual review of the current Emergency Warning Guidelines, which include Outdoor Warning Sirens and the Regional Notification System. No changes were made going into the 2022 storm season.
Hotel Occupancy Tax (HOT) Allocation: Council approved the Hotel Occupancy Tax (HOT) allocations for historical recipients, along with a small portion for the new Feria de Culturas event. They will be distributed as follows:
Short-Term Rentals: Council approved an ordinance that establishes a registration process for short-term rental units. The ordinance provides the City a tool to track and regulate short-term rental units in order to protect the health and safety of occupants, and to preserve the integrity of the neighborhoods where these units operate. Under the new ordinance, short-term rental unit owners are required to pay a registration fee, provide the property owner’s contact information and a local emergency contact’s information, have working smoke alarms and carbon monoxide alarms in the unit, working fire extinguishers, and maximum occupancy and parking standards approved by the Planning and Zoning Department.
Load Shedding Notifications: The Finance Director informed Council that the City will implement the provisions of S.B. 3—which addresses energy load-shed notifications to municipally-owned utility customers. The City’s Utility Department will implement the notice provisions of the new law in the March 2022 newsletter and in the last quarter of 2022. Load shed notifications will also be available on the City’s website under the Utility Billing Department and social media.
Airport Advisory Board Nominee: Council approved Mr. Benny Hilburn’s appointment to the Airport Advisory Board.
City Manager’s Report:
City of Lockhart
308 W. San Antonio St.
P.O. Box 239
Lockhart, TX 78644
Phone: (512) 398-3461
Fax: (512) 398-5103
Open Monday - Friday
8:00am - 5:00pm
CONTACT NUMBER BY DEPARTMENT
(512) 398-3461 City Hall
(512) 376-2475 Utilities
(512) 376-9469 Municipal Court
(512) 398-6452 Public Works
(512) 398-4401 Police Department
(512) 398-2321 Fire Department
(512) 398-3223 Public Library
MAYOR AND CITY COUNCIL MEMBERS
Lew White, Mayor
Angie Gonzales-Sanchez, Mayor Pro-Tem
Brad Westmoreland, Council Member At-Large
Juan Mendoza, Council Member District 1
David Bryant, Council Member District 2
Kara McGregor, Council Member District 3
Jeffry Michelson, Council Member District 4
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