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Town Council

Council member, clerk take oath for office

 

March 15, 2018

--Photo courtesy of Kelly Watkins.

Odessa Mayor Bill Crossley gave the oath of office to new town clerk Denise Snead, left, and new council member Amy Hunt at Monday evening's town council meeting.

Monday evening's meeting of the Odessa Town Council was preceded by a public hearing on the variance request by Randell and Willma Manley for building a new garage within the 10-foot setback line of their property. Their neighbors had already signed paperwork indicating that they had no objections to the garage location. Two members of the planning commission also attended the meeting and indicated that they, too, had no objections to the planned garage. Later in the meeting, the council approved the variance request.

The first order of business after the regular meeting was called to order by Mayor Bill Crossley was to swear in the newest council member Amy Hunt and the new town clerk Denise Snead. The mayor read the oath of office to both women before moving on to council business.

Melanie Johansen of CenturyWest Engineering reported on the Odessa municipal airport project in the absence of Kurt Addicott, the project engineer. Johansen said the engineers had meet with Mary Vargas of the FAA to discuss compliance issues regarding improvements to the runway and grading of the runway safety area. The issues needing to be addressed will add another $130,000 to the project (raising the cost from $450,000 to $570,000 with 90 percent to be covered by grants). Construction is expected to start in mid-July.

Police chief Tom Clark reported that demolition has begun on the burned out home on Marjorie St., which will be replaced by a modular home.

In the public works department, Rod Webster reported completion of several smaller jobs such as street sweeping, pressure washing and vehicle maintenance. Public bathrooms are expected to be available for use by Easter. Part-time public works employee Darrell Hovermale will begin work April 1.

Councilwoman Marlene Kramer suggested that extra help be hired in the public works area during the months of June, July and August, since town crew members will be busy overseeing and monitoring the roadwork and water-line installation project.

Yard waste dumpsters have been requested by several residents. The mayor reported that the dumpsters will be put in place soon.

The town clean-up and bulk refuse pick-up day will take place in April.

Mayor Crossley has assigned each council member to serve on various committees:

Public works: Amy Hunt, Landon Lobe.

Administrative issues (finance, personnel, budget, grants, annexation, policies): Vickie Iverson, Kelly Watkins.

Safety (police, fire): Amy Hunt, Kelly Watkins.

Streets, buildings: Vickie Iverson, Landon Lobe.

Parks, pool, cemetery: Landon Lobe, Marlene Kramer.

Airport: Kelly Watkins, Stan Dammel.

Social media, community relations: Amy Hunt, Marlene Kramer, Vickie Iverson.

Mayor Crossley is also a member of every committee unless a conflict of interest is determined by the council.

 

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