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Mid-year budget assessment on Longview City Council's agenda

By Peggy Jones
May 9, 2012 at 11 p.m.

When the Longview City Council meets tonight, City Manager David Willard will give council members a mid-year assessment of where the city stands in its budget.

The mid-year report comes days after the Gregg County Appraisal District released revenue estimates showing the city's tax base shrank by 3.8 percent this past year. Also, latest sales tax report for the city showed that revenue stream is flat

Willard said he will provide estimates on where city staff thinks they will be at the end of the fiscal year.

"I am happy to say that we are operating within our budget," he said.

The council also will conduct public hearings to consider requests for two zoning changes:

One proposal would rezone to general retail 52 acres on the north side of Hawkins Parkway west of Hinsley Park. The area is zoned for agricultural use.

The other would rezone four lots in Skyway Acres from single family to planned development general retail. That land is between East Loop 281 and Skyline Drive.

Each proposal was approved by the Planning and Zoning Commission and comes to council with staff recommendation for approval.

On a lengthy consent agenda, council will consider 10 resolutions including: awarding a contract with Liquid Waste Technology for $97,000 for a sludge removal system; contract with HX Farms of Hallsville for $61,250 for right of way mowing; execute an oil and gas lease with H & T Exploration for 1 acre of city-owned land at 204 E. Hoyt Drive, and apply for a crime prevention grant from the U.S. Justice Department for $53,417.

On the action item agenda, the council will consider awarding a contract to RVP Construction of Marshall for about $611,000 to redo sidewalks along Martin Luther King Jr. Boulevard and East Birdsong Street; and will consider awarding a contract to HGR General Contracts of Tyler to build a new compost building.

Mayor Jay Dean has a list of four proclamations - including one celebrating the 50th anniversary of Greggton-Longview Rotary; a proclamation recognizing Van Cliburn; and proclamations recognizing National Tourism Week and National Drinking Water Week.

Kolby Beckham, chairman of the Longview Fire Pension Board, will make a presentation of appreciation to retiring Councilman Daryl Williams from the Longview Firemen's Relief and Retirement Fund for dedicated service to the board from 2004-2012.

The council meets at 5:30 p.m. in council chambers of City Hall, 300 West Cotton St.



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