In its newest member’s first meeting, the Alvarado City Council approved several ordinances, including one to accommodate the creation of a bio-diesel plant.

Councilman Bruce Ward, who was declared elected for Ward Three after running unopposed during the May election, was sworn in during the beginning of the meeting.

Following Clark’s taking of the oath, the council approved a rezoning from M-1 light manufacturing/industrial to M-2 heavy manufacturing/industrial for Tract One of the A.J. Patton Survey, Abstract 684 to prepare for the creation of a bio-diesel plant.

Even though they received the approval of the council, the owners of the plant will have to comply with several regulations in order to get their certificate of occupancy.

To receive their C.O., the owners of the plant must bring the building up to code, which includes sprinklers, electricity and fire wall. In addition, the building must have both a foam and wet suppression system, an underground storage tank of methanol and the owners will also be required to loop the water line around the plant.

The council also approved creating a Tax Abatement Reinvestment Zone No. 1 in Alvarado's extraterritorial jurisdiction for as long as the area qualified for designation.

The improvements sought for the area must be feasible and practical and must benefit the land and the city.

Johnson County can't proceed with a Tax Abatement Reinvestment Zone until Alvarado designates one.

Mayor Tom Durington also proclaimed the month of May as Motorcycle Safety and Awareness Month, the week of May 13-19 as Peace Officers' Week and May 16, 2007 as Peace Officers' Memorial Day.

The council also approved:

an extension of time for the continued use of a temporary building as a day care at Alvarado High School a bid on a Hummer H-3 as a command vehicle bid for the Alvarado Fire Department an award of the city's Retail Electric Provider to Reliant Energy. The contract was offered Tuesday morning. a local Housing Assistance Payment Program (HAP) operator contract with the Texas Department of Housing and Community Affairs a combination plat of part of Tract 12 of the T. Stevens Survey, AB 778, located at the Southeast intersection of County Road 109 and Farm-to-Market 1807, to be called lot 1, block 1, of the Alvarado Intermediate School Addition rezoning of a portion of tract 12 of the T. Stevens Survey, AB 778 from an SF-2 (single family zone) to I (institutional zone) to accommodate a public school an application to the Texas Department of Agriculture/ Office of rural community affairs, Texas Capitol Fund, for an infrastructure grant to benefit Sabre Communication changes to the Citizen Complaint Procedures for the Texas Community Development Program participation in the Texas Enterprise Zone Program, nominating Sabre Communications Corporation for Enterprise Project Status, providing local incentives that may be provided for a nominated project or activity and designating a liaison for communication with interested parties.