“That completes her restitution; 141 cases were settled and closed,” Shreckengost said.
The money went into the municipal court fund, she said. The repayment involved former court clerk Addie Ochoa.
The council also voted unanimously against allowing taxpayers to receive a discount for paying their taxes early. However, property owners will be allowed to pay in split payments – half in November and half in June.
“If you allow discounts, then you take away from the tax rate,” Shreckengost said.
The tax rate is 87 cents per $100 value.
In personnel matters, Councilman Joey Heard asked the council to follow the lead of the county and allow city employees time off in order to attend out-of-town football games.
Police Chief Andy Lopez said he continues to provide escorts to games.
Lopez met with Coach Jason Herring who the chief said “is very appreciative” of the escorts.
“People try to accost him, and he can’t get people away from him,” Lopez said.
City employees will follow the lead of court house. When county workers close early for games, the city will follow suit, with the exception of the water department.
“We can give them time off some other time,” said Councilman Frank Hosey.
In other personnel matters, the police chief said he is one officer short but asked the council to table the selection until he has had more time to review more applications.
However, water superintendent Bruce Dupray asked the council to make a decision on the job opening in his department.
“I’m desperate for the help,” Dupray said.
Six people applied and a former water department worker - Jeffery Frasier - was selected.
In water matters, Hector Casteneda gave the council an update on $3.5 million in upgrades to the water and wastewater system.
Drilling on the new water well began this morning and the crew is 180 feet down. They will drill 24 hours a day, 7 days a week until it is completed, according to Casteneda.
The elevated water tower is being blasted inside and the new clarifier will be in tomorrow. Six monitors for the lift stations have been purchased for $18,870.