Red Oak City Council members met Monday night, recognizing the 2007 Red Oak High School football team and its coaching staff for a successful and well-deserved season.

Mayor Alan Hugley presented head coach Mike Shields, offensive coordinator Don Waddle and athletic director Mike Burns with a plaque showing their appreciation for showing great leadership skills throughout the season.

“Our football team did pretty well this year and we are just really pleased with the community support and what the coaching staff has done for our kids,” Hugley said. ROISD assistant superintendent of business and support John Humphrey gave kudos to the community for their strong support of the Hawks team.

“It was remarkable to see the community behind the Hawks and on behalf of the district, we appreciate your commitment. The kids will definitely remember making memories to last a lifetime here in Red Oak,” Humphrey said.

The city’s Parks and Recreation Board was also recognized for its hard work and dedication toward the department’s second annual Christmas in Downtown Red Oak parade and festivities held Saturday, Dec. 8.

“These folks work really hard days, weeks and months to put this event together and we really appreciate it,” Hugley said, with parks board president Johnny Pearson expressing his appreciation toward the city council on behalf of the department.

In other business, the council discussed a possible action regarding an agreement between 2TURNITON, Inc. and the city of Red Oak.

According to a memorandum, 2TURNITON is a company that can provide the residents a service through a secure Web site to order water, sewer, trash and other utility services online at no cost to the resident or city.

The company’s director of municipal relations, Greg Taylor, presented to the council with information about the company.

“We wanted to show the council what we do as a company,” Taylor said. “We are a Web based company that focuses on people who are moving and trying to connect their utility services. It is a free service provided to the city and to the person who is moving.”

After Taylor’s presentation, Hugley and Councilman Casey Hargrove both agreed that this service was an effective tool for the city, but Councilman Eric Smith voiced concerns about the security of residents’ information over the Internet.

“I believe that this is a wonderful feature to offer to our residents and I would like to thank the city manager for providing this option,” Hargrove said.

The council voted 4-1, with Smith opposing, in approving the agreement between the company and the city of Red Oak.

Residents can learn more about the company by visiting www.2turniton.com.

In discussing a possible action regarding a developer’s agreement with Howitzer International, the council approved to grant the company with one extension with an initial six months to complete construction of the project. However, if the project is not completed, the company must request another six-month extension before the council.

In open session, the council approved an amendment to the fiscal year 2008 budget of the Red Oak Economic Development Corporation by transferring $26,729.52 from reserves to capital expenditures streets.

The council also approved the following agenda items:

minutes of the Oct. 29 meeting, special city council meeting and the Nov. 13 regular council meeting the city manager’s appointment of David Hall to the position of the public works director purchasing 0.012 acres of permanent right-of-way for the Red Oak Road expansion a property exchange between the city of Red Oak and Charles T. Dillabough and Judy Dillabough for 0.023 acres in regard to the Red Oak expansion rejecting bids from Charles T. Dillabough for approximately 0.108 acres, a part of Block 1, Sullivan’s Addition to Red Oak, Texas according to the plat recorded in volume 196, page 603 of the deed records of Ellis County, Texas.

Hugley moved that item F, which considered approval appointing one elected official and one technical member to the outer loop/rail bypass study area stakeholder round table, be moved for further discussion.

In other news, the city’s human resource director Clifton Beck requested the search for a city secretary be postponed until the beginning of the year, with the council approving.

The search began after the resignation of Judy Grant.

Council meetings are held at 7 p.m. the second Monday of every month at Red Oak Municipal Center.

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