Council reconsiders seasonal worker job, approves annexations

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By SHELLY WILKISON

The Liberty Hill City Council on Monday reconsidered a request made by public works staff April 25 to create a position for a seasonal worker.

During a special called meeting, the Council voted 3-1 to create a seasonal position responsible primarily for mowing.

On April 25, Councilman Wendell McLeod said he believed the position wasn’t necessary. His motion, which was seconded by Liz Rundzieher, received additional support from Troy Whitehead and McLeod. Councilman Ron Rhea was not present that evening.

This week, Mayor Connie Fuller said she placed the item on the agenda again because “we’re still short one person in the public works department. Those guys have been working on sewer hookups and other things, and I wanted to bring it back for your consideration again.”

Public Works Director Wayne Bonnet said a seasonal worker would help the City stay caught up with mowing.

The City mows its parks, around water wells and about 14 acres at the wastewater treatment plant.

“This was already included in the budget, so it has already technically been approved,” said Assistant City Administrator Amber Lewis. “It will save us money if we can do this ourselves” as opposed to paying a private landscaper.

The position will pay up to $12.50 per hour and will be filled from spring through September.

McLeod said he was still opposed to the idea because “it doesn’t take that long to do it (mow).”

McLeod made a motion not to fill the position, but it died for lack of a second.

The next motion to approve the position passed 3-1 with McLeod voting no. Rundzieher was not present for the vote on Monday.

In other matters, the Council approved an ordinance allowing for the voluntary annexation of certain properties into its extra-territorial jurisdiction (ETJ).

Following a closed session, the Council voted to authorize City Administrator Greg Boatright to schedule a second interview with “the top candidates” for Chief of Police.

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