The Waxahachie Arts Council was granted a one-year extension of its contract with the city by the City Council on Monday night.

That contract, originally approved in 2003, entitles the council to 25 percent of the city’s hotel/motel tax to be used to promote arts and tourism in Waxahachie.

The council includes six members: the Ellis County Museum, the Ellis County Art Association, Historic Waxahachie, Waxahachie Community Theatre, the Waxahachie Symphony Association and the Chautauqua Preservation Society.

Downtown director Anita Kornegay presented a report on the Summer Downtown Movies, the first of which showed last month.

“I’m really pleased with how things turned out,” Kornegay said, noting that concerns about the weather went away as the rain lifted about 15 minutes before the show began.

Attendance at the event was estimated at more than 100, and six farmers market vendors operated their booths as well, offering refreshments such as fruit smoothies and Dublin Dr Pepper.

A number of downtown merchants were open for the event, including Elements of Style, Cozy Cottage, Mosaic Madness and the Crafty Scrapper, Kornegay said.

After receiving the report, the council approved closing the streets at the corner of Franklin and College downtown for the next movie, “Over the Hedge,” scheduled for 9 p.m. July 27.

In other business, the council:

suspended for 45 days the effective dates of Atmos Energy interim GRIP rate adjustments for gas utility investment in 2006. This action will give the ACSC executive committee time to examine the filing, which is Atmos’ fourth consecutive rate increase request, economic development director Doug Barnes said. approved the request of Marc Dehaan of Clockmasters for one parking space dedicated to his customers’ use in front of his business location at 104 S. Rogers. approved proclamations declaring July 6, 2007, as Bessie Coleman Day and July 7, 2007, as Turner High/Oak Lawn Reunion Day set public hearing dates relating to annexation requests by James Moon, general partner of Easthaven Realty Partners L.P., on behalf of the proposed development.

The honorary council member for the July 2 meeting was Lauren Beatty, daughter of councilman Chuck Beatty. Lauren Beatty is a graduate of Waxahachie High School and the University of Houston, and is in her last year of studies at the Baylor University School of Law.

The Waxahachie City Council will next meet at 7 p.m. Monday, July 16, at City Hall, located at 401 S. Rogers.

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