OVILLA – Ovilla Municipal Judge Scott Kurth administered the oath of office to Mayor Bill Vansyckle and council members Michael W. Dickey in Place 2 and Doug Hunt in Place 4 at the council’s meeting Monday.

All three incumbents were re-elected to their positions.

Vansyckle then moved to the first item on the agenda, discussion of the reappointment and swearing in of Kurth as municipal judge for another two years. Kurth has served the city since May 2007. The council voted unanimously for his reappointment. 

An action item to appoint a mayor pro tem saw council member James Wade nominate council member Richard Dormier and council member Mike Dickey nominate council member and current Mayor Pro Tem Tom Leverentz. Leverentz was re-appointed in a 4-1 final vote with Wade voting in opposition.

The council approved an interlocal cooperation agreement with the city of Red Oak that allows both cities to enter into a cooperative purchasing program in which Ovilla can piggyback off Red Oak regarding cost and contract for future needed asphalt and concrete.

A 5-0 vote saw passage of the amended fiscal year 2010-2011 annual budget and annual program of services for the mid-year budget review and amendment.

City accountant Sharon Jungman outlined changes to the budget, including a $73,287 revenue adjustment. The funds remaining in the undesignated reserve funds equal $226,460 with the city having spent $65,539 for street equipment, a new police car and additional street projects to date. 

For discussion only, Vansyckle replaced Capital Improvements Project Committee member Dickey on that board. Dickey stepped down, allowing for the city’s new public works director to take his place.

The public works department representative also discussed a recent water situation, which began with several calls May 15 in regard to gray water running from the taps in several homes. The water line was flushed and when gray water was found in the tank – spurring a call to the city of Dallas – the tanks were emptied and refilled. The following Monday, 800,000 gallons of water was flushed, on Tuesday 750,000 gallons were flushed and on Wednesday almost 200,000 gallons were flushed. 

The city of Ovilla will be reimbursed or credited for the water and after some investigation it was determined the gray water was not harmful. It was stirred up sediment resulting from the city of Dallas installing a new tap for the city of Cedar Hill and having flushed a 30-inch line in the process.