FERRIS – A request by Ferris City Manager Carl Sherman to enter into an inter-local agreement with the Ferris Independent School District for motor fuel was unanimously approved.

The agreement, approved at Monday’s city council meeting, would allow the city to use the school district’s fuel station for the city’s vehicles.

“We have an opportunity for significant savings in fuel cost for our city vehicles,” Sherman told the council.

Presently the city fuels for all of its vehicles come from local retailers. By purchasing fuel from retailers, the city is subject to the changing retail prices plus paying both federal and state fuel excise taxes.

“Last year the city purchased 20, 590.297 gallons of fuel. The total cost was $40,032. This equates to an average of $2.28 cents per gallon,” Sherman said. “If you deducted the taxes, simply put, if we multiply the actual fuel purchased by the city of Ferris of 20,590.297 gallons by both state and federal excise tax from April 2015 to April 2016, the projected savings would be $7,906.67. The savings will come from not having to pay the taxes charged through the retail dealers.”

When questioned if the city could get back at least part of the taxes from the state, Sherman replied he was looking into any rebates, but legislation limits what he can try to claim.

Sherman also cited maintenance problems because of the inconsistency with retail motor fuels.

The agreement won’t be final until the district also approves the agreement.

In a joint meeting with the planning and zoning commission and the council, a request was made to change the zoning for 3.231 acres located at 415 Ewing from planned development to planned development.

The owner, Allen Investment Services, presented the city with plans to build a 7,500-square-foot service building with an office area and a service bay.

“There have been no occupants designated to occupy the building at this time,” chief building official Boll Jordan told both the planning and zoning and council members.

Planning and zoning member Charles Hatfield expressed concern over additional traffic in the area.

Jordan said the type and size of the building would not support a high traffic type business.

Both the planning and zoning commission and the city council unanimously approved the request.

Jordan asked the council to approve a replat request for block four of the Murtz Addition. The request included removing internal lot lines. Jordan’s request went on to ask the city to create a new legal description. The lot is the location of the city’s library.

When the library was built, the replat of the lot was never registered with the county.

“This is more of a house keeping clean up to get the lot properly identified with the county,” Jordan said.

At the beginning of the meeting, Mayor Michael Driggars read a proclamation declaring the month as motorcycle safety month. Driggars was accompanied with members of three of the area’s motorcycle clubs.

In an earlier executive session, the council interviewed the four finalists to fill the position of city secretary. A finalist was selected, however the council is waiting for the candidate to accept the city’s offer before making an announcement.