Branigan resigns, Council to fill vacancies

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By MIKE EDDLEMAN

In a 45-minute meeting Monday, the Liberty Hill City Council got official word of a number of vacancies to be addressed.

City Administrator Greg Boatright announced officially that Council member Jon Branigan submitted his resignation effective March 14. Branigan filed to run for Place 5 on the Liberty Hill ISD Board of Trustees.

“That will be another issue the council will need to address at some point in looking at filling that vacancy as well. There’s a lot of work ahead in filling some important positions with both our council and P&Z.”

The vacancies on Planning & Zoning Commission grew to two Monday, when chair Clyde Davis announced he was resigning.

“We have an additional vacancy on our (Planning and Zoning Commission) as of today (Feb. 26),” Boatright said. “Our chairman resigned, so we now have two vacancies on our P&Z. I think staff will be glad to get together the resumes we have, present those to you, and we will need to as soon as possible, address that because as we enter the busy season of building and plats, we will need our P&Z at full speed to address those issues.”

Additionally, Debra Brown has resigned from the Parks & Recreation Board.

The Council will have the opportunity to submit nominations for the vacant council seat. Those nominated will then be voted on by the council to serve the remainder of the unexpired term that ends in May 2019.

“We will get that on the agenda pretty quick I imagine,” said Mayor Connie Fuller. “We won’t be leaving it vacant.”

Fresh paint
The Council voted unanimously – 4-0 with Troy Whitehead absent – to move forward with the project of painting the elevated water storage tank at well site No. 1 near downtown.

The bid was awarded to Gulf States Protective Coatings for $214,000, well below the original estimate of $300,000. The City received three bids, ranging from the low bid from Gulf States, to a high of $268,000.

The budget includes about $35,000 for repairs and safety upgrades and $63,000 for painting.

About half of the cost of this project is preparing,” said Perry Steger of Steger Bizzell. “It is lead removal, and shrouding and preparing this tank for paint.”

A decision has not been made on what logo or artwork to put on the tank, but city staff has asked council to bring back suggestions.

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