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The City’s annual financial audit, Courthouse Nights, economic development agreements with the Caldwell County Farm Bureau and Good Things Lockhart, LLC, a grant from the U.S. Economic Development Administration for wastewater improvements, Titan Development, zoning changes, a code of ethics policy for city council members, board/commission members, and City employees, an Airport Advisory Board nomination, and public hearing on Redistricting were discussed in last night’s City Council meeting.
Council Redistricting: Councilmembers agreed to hold another drawing session on the proposed Redistricting plan to allow for more public feedback, especially from communities of color. Another public hearing will be held in the April 5th Council meeting.
Annual Financial Audit: BrooksWatson & Company, PLLC, a Houston-based public accounting firm, gave the City’s Annual Comprehensive Financial Report for FY 2021 an unmodified “clean” audit opinion. This is the highest level of assurance the City can receive in its annual financial audit. Lockhart’s City Charter requires an annual financial audit from an external auditing firm. This is the first year BrooksWatson & Company, PLLC conducted the City’s annual audit.
Courthouse Nights: City Council approved Rach & Rhodes Presents’ request for City support for “Courthouse Nights”—a free monthly music event. Organizers requested “in-kind support” through additional trash receptacles around the courthouse, barricades, and electrical services, along with street closure of both Market St. (from Commerce to Main St.) and Commerce St. (San Antonio to Market St.). “Courthouse Nights” opens April 15, 7 p.m.- 10 p.m., and will be held every third Friday until October.
BIG Grants: Business Improvement and Growth (BIG) Grants are awarded by the Lockhart EDC to provide technical and financial assistance to renovate or restore exterior facades for businesses within the central commercial business district of Lockhart. The grant consists of a 50-percent matching grant to reimburse up to $20,000 of the cost of property improvements.
Wastewater Improvements Grant: Council approved a resolution to accept the $1.68-million grant from the U.S. Economic Development Administration, along with providing $420,000 in matching funds. The grant will help facilitate engineering and construction of a 2.5-mile wastewater line to benefit the newest industrial park, along with serving the future needs of the west and northwest portions of Lockhart.
Titan Development: Councilmembers accepted the property sale agreement for 11.82 acres of land in the Lockhart Industrial Park III with Titan Development. The company is currently working with a distribution/fulfillment prospect, which is interested in building a 154,440 sq. ft. facility on the 11.82-acre tract.
Code of Ethics Policy: Council provided feedback and directed the City Attorney to bring back an amended version of the policy at the next Council meeting. The proposed Code of Ethics Policy applies to the City Council, Board and Commissions Members, and City employees.
Airport Advisory Board Appointment: Councilmembers will consider the nomination of Mr. Daniel Koehler to the Airport Advisory Board at the next Council meeting.
City Manager’s Report:
ATTENTION: This is a recap of the highlights of action taken at the March 15, 2022, meeting. The complete agenda can be found by visiting: City of Lockhart, TX (lockhart-tx.org)
City of Lockhart
308 W. San Antonio St.
P.O. Box 239
Lockhart, TX 78644
Phone: (512) 398-3461
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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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