The Red Oak City Council called for a special mayoral election at Monday’s meeting, setting an election date of Tuesday, Oct. 16.

With the Oct. 16 election date, early voting will begin Monday, Oct. 1, and run through Friday, Oct. 12. The city and polls will be closed Monday, Oct. 8, in observance of Columbus Day.

The sign-up deadline for mayoral candidates was not verified before presstime Tuesday.

The council discussed pending or contemplated litigation concerning the Palmer Community Action Group and the Ferris annexation east of the city of Red Oak city limits. In open session following executive session, councilman Scott Lindsey made a motion to direct the interim city manager Todd Fuller and mayor pro tem Ben Goodwyn to conduct negotiations with other cities regarding city limit boundaries. The motion was passed.

In other business, the council

Approved a motion to install a fire alarm system to be monitored 24 hours a day, seven days a week consisting of smoke detection, heat detection and alerting devices at the fire/police substation in lieu of a automatic fire sprinkler system. A policy by Rockett Special Utility District would require the fire/police substation to use a double check valve with a bypass detector check valve meter assembly on all sprinkler water lines.

“A new policy, which has been developed by Rockett SUD for the installation of an automatic fire sprinkler system at fire station No. 2, makes the cost for such a system unrealistic and is beyond the scope of the substation budget,” fire marshall Tim Birdwell said in a memo to interim city manager Todd Fuller.

The installation of the sprinkler system would have a financial impact between $15,000-25,000, while the alarm system is estimated at $5,000-8,000.

Approved Goodwyn’s appointment of Eric Smith as deputy mayor pro tem Approved an ordinance amending the development plan requested by Steve Skipper for a day-care center located at Farm to Market 2377 and Lowrance Road Approved a waiver allowing Leland and Pan Abbott to utilize a three-inch water line without fire hydrants rather than an eight-inch water line with fire hydrants as required by the standard subdivision requirements for approximately 19 acres located south of Stainback Road and east of Batchler Road Approved city staff’s recommendation to contract with Witherspoon, Yeldell and Wilson for 2007 fiscal year audit services Accepted the resignation of Heath Nichols as a commissioner on the Planning and Zoning Commission, with current alternate Alan Hugley taking his place. Steve Miller was approved as an alternate Approved the sale of land, originally purchased obtained by the city through easement purchases, for the Red Oak Road project

“The lot was purchased from Mike Brown for the purpose of decreasing the angle of the S-curve on Red Oak Road at Methodist Street. Since the amount of property needed for the right-of-way would make the lot unusable to Mr. Brown, the city purchased the entire lot,” Fuller said in a memo to city council. “There is a small portion of the lot that is needed for the right-of-way and the adjacent property owner has offered to purchase the property.”

Approved a resolution approving the terms and conditions of an indigent care affiliation agreement between the city of Red Oak and East Texas Medical Center Approved a fiscal year 2008 salary plan for the city of Red Oak Approved an ordinance allowing for updated service credits and for increased prior and current service annuities for city retirees Approved public hearing dates, times and place to consider a proposed tax rate of .667 cents per $100 of assessed valuation and increased tax revenues for the 2008 fiscal year budget.

“Our current proposed budget is only proposing a tax rate of .64 cents rather than the .667 on the agenda. The .667 is the amount that council could increase to without a rollback election,” Fuller said in a memo to council. “If we post the agenda for .667 the council could adopt a rate anywhere up to that amount, but if we post a lower amount (such as .64) we could not adopt a rate higher than what is posted. This simply gives council options while staying below the rollback rate.”

Approved an agreement with CASA (Court Appointed Special Advocates of Ellis County) for funding of child advocacy services not to exceed $2,500 Approved an ordinance for water tower/land lease agreement with Tier One Converged Networks, Inc. Approved an ordinance for flood damage prevention Approved right-of-way water line easement and purchase for the Dallas Water Line project and right-of-ways for the Red Oak Road project. Recognized the Red Oak Police Explorers for awards received at a recent competition Recognized Nanette Paghi and Citizens National Bank for their donation to and support of Red Oak White and Blue Recognized Daniel Bernheimer and Wedsel Groom for service on the parks and recreation board Recognized Andy Anderson and Brookshires Grocery Co. for donations to and support of National Night Out.

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