OVILLA – In a relatively short Ovilla City Council meeting Monday night, members spent time discussing how to spend excess funds from the fiscal year 2009-2010 audit.

With a number of items on the list including purchasing street equipment, paying down a bill to Ellis County for road work, new audio and visual equipment and even a 2-percent merit raise for staff for a cost of $9,800 for the remainder of this year’s budget and $19,000 for a full year in the next fiscal year budget, only one item passed.

The council voted 4-0, with council member Doug Hunt not in attendance, to make a full payment on a new police department car. Originally having been budgeted for three payments, paying the new car off in one sum will save the city $2,300.

Other expenditures using the excess funds will be determined at a future council meeting after the six-month current fiscal year budget has been reviewed.

Also passing 4-0 was a recommended appointment made by Police Chief Mike Moon for an “unpaid” police officer reserve applicant, Michael J. McNulty, to be given authority to carry a weapon as a participating representative of the Ovilla Police Reserve Program. Moon added that McNulty had applied, tested and passed the oral board as well as graduating from Navarro Police Academy.

Council also voted unanimously to renew the city’s annual interlocal contract with the county.

For discussion only, Wade had requested two items be added to the evening’s agenda, one which the council decided not to pursue that involved make golf carts legal on public streets in Ovilla.

Asked for his comments regarding the safety of such an ordinance, Moon said, “If the city passes an ordinance approving golf carts it is a safety issue and kicking up an ant pile.”

The council did agree to consider the use of park development fees to construct a public restroom facility at Heritage Park. Wade was asked to come back to the council at the next meeting with more information and possible costs for the project.

In department activity reports, Moon introduced the council to Sgt. Donald “Red” Fullerton, a new officer who was promoted to sergeant with the Ovilla Police Department the day before the council meeting. Fullerton will attend the council meetings during Moon’s absence beginning March 31 for 10 weeks while attending the FBI Academy.

Fire Chief Donnie Pickard gave the council his report highlighting several grants the department has recently

received including one for $46,760.

City Administrator Randy Whiteman outlined an energy efficiency grant the city recently received for $23,000 in addition to another $18,253 from a “Take-a-Load Off” grant. With this money, the city will be changing light fixtures, replacing air conditioners and also replacing vent fans around City Hall as well as the city’s police and fire departments.

Mayor Bill Vansyckle named March 20-26 Poison Prevention Week in the city.