GLENN HEIGHTS – The Glenn Heights City Council moved to approve a bond election this November with two propositions totaling $15.5 million.
Mayor Pro Tem Kathy Dixon moved to approve the ordinance calling for the election, with council member Doug Burton making the second. The motion carried with council members Leon Tate and Mary Ann Chancellor voting for the ordinance and Mayor Victor Pereira voting against it. Council members Chance Harvey and Dan Freeman were not in attendance at Monday night’s meeting.
It was during an earlier meeting this month the council engaged in a bond referendum workshop along with Bond Advisory and Campaign Committee chairman, the Rev. Willie Sublet Jr.
At the time Sublet noted, “It went well and I’m confident about the process and progress we are making as a city.”
Regarding this week’s decision Sublet said, “In a word (I am) excited. This move says to the citizens of Glenn Heights that we’re moving forward together. The Bond Advisory Committee, along with the city manager’s office and the city council is looking forward to sharing this vision with our fellow citizens. Moving forward together should be our future theme.”
Proposition 1 is for $8 million for a new city hall to be located within the Town Center site, with Proposition 2 allocating $7.5 million for street improvements.
Proposition 1 provides for public improvements and the construction, improvement and equipment of a city hall as well as acquiring the land.
Proposition 2 provides for public improvements such as acquiring, constructing, improving and maintaining streets, thoroughfares, bridges, alleyways and sidewalks in Glenn Heights, which also includes storm drainage improvements, traffic signalization and signage, streetscaping, beautification, median improvements and entryway improvements.
The $15.5 million is less than what was originally considered. At an earlier council meeting this month, Pereira said, “The Bond Advisory and Campaign Committee, in an attempt to decrease the tax increase to citizens and focus on the more critical needs of the city decided to scale back on their original proposal that was submitted to council on May 16, 2011, by $3.43 million.”
Pereira said the police and fire department rehabilitation was removed from the bond proposal, with the recommendation that be paid for with certificates of obligations. The amphitheater was referred to the Parks and Recreation Board for consideration.
Election day will be Tuesday, Nov. 8, with polls open from 7 a.m.-7 p.m.
“Our city manager’s office and city council have seen a brighter future for Glenn Heights,” Sublet said. “They have listened to the Bond Advisory Committee, which is made up of citizens and approved the first bond election since I have lived here.”