OVILLA – The Ovilla City Council held a special council meeting to consider the applications currently received for the open city administrator position.

The council went into executive session after deliberating the appointment, employment and duties of the interim city administrator, currently held by Place Five councilmember Richard Dormier — and also to deliberate duties in regard to the upcoming permanent city administrator.

No candidates for the position were chosen and Place Three councilmember David Griffin said, “While we have received several applications, many of them simply do not meet the qualifications that we have set for the position.”

Griffin said there were a few applicants who did look promising, but when contacted for an interview they had already taken positions with other cities.

“The search to find the best possible candidate will continue into January,” Griffin added. “Or as long as it takes. We don’t want to cut corners just to fill the position since Ovilla deserves the best we can find.”

An item also passed unanimously to approve engineering services for a new water line on Water Street. The council approved the bid from Birkhoff, Hendricks & Carter L.L.P. to have them complete the construction plans for the project.

Dormier also gave the council an update on the AVR utility bill processing that had taken an hour of discussion time at the last council meeting.  

AVR had made a mistake and should not have notified the city in regard to no longer being able to support the current billing process, Dormier said. The company has since committed to continue to support the postcard system currently in use in Ovilla for monthly water billing with no changes.