OVILLA – Routine business was attended to at this month’s Ovilla City Council meeting earlier this week.  

This summer the council had voted to hold only one council meeting in June and July, however in August, twice monthly council meetings will once again resume.  

Ovilla Police Chief Mike Moon asked the council to change an ordinance updating the Ovilla Code of Ordinances in order for Ovilla reserve officers to be able to carry their weapon off duty.  The wording of the original ordinance does not allow for reserve officers to carry their weapons, however a motion was made for the change and was passed by a full vote.

A presentation was given by Bobbi Bilnoski on long range planning for the city. The council voted for the staff to advertise for RFQ’s for long term planning.

“We feel that the city needs an updated long term planning policy,” Ovilla Mayor Tom Leverentz said in a statement later.

A vote to repeal an ordinance for the current “Purchasing Procedures” and replace it with a new ordinance was postponed.

“We want to look at the limits on buying and who can buy what,” Leverentz said, adding the council will have a workshop for more clarification in regard to purchasing procedures at its Aug. 8 meeting.     

The council also approved a variety of technology upgrades presented by John Binford, allowing him to use undesignated fund balance money from the current unrestricted funds for the project.  

Nominations and appointments or reappointments were made to the Capital Improvements Project Committee with Paul Lamar, Dean Oberg and Darrell Jungman all nominated and appointed to serve.