The Lampasas City Council workshop session on Monday was full. The first discussion was a planned exchange with local businessmen that, in the end, led to nothing more than the planning of another meeting to take place on March 6th , at 6pm, at Toupsie’s Restaurant. That session, it was agreed, would bring about a clear sign ordinance for the City.
Also discussed at length was the subject of lighting for ball parks here, primarily for the Turner field complex. A representative of the Techline Company from Austin began the discussion by suggesting that the Turner Field lighting could be solved with modern LED lights on metal poles for almost $700 thousand. Council members were taken aback by the price tag, saying that it just wasn’t in their budget plan. In the end the matter was sent back to staff
for further study.
Another subject of discussion was broadband, or internet, service in Lampasas. Citizens Craig Benton and Kevin Rowe complained that Lampasas service was painfully slow and much poorer than other communities. They said that while Lampasas ATT customers were getting 3 mbs service or below, Kempner and Copperas Cove were getting 30 mbs service. Everyone in the room seemed to agree with the problem, but no one really knew what they could
do about it. In the end, Council Member Misti Talbert suggested that City Staff should look to see if there is some sort of franchise agreement with ATT that could be used as leverage with the company.
In the Council’s regular session ther e was a great deal of fanfare as our National Champion Rated Cheerleaders were honored for their performance, then two young men, Eric Hernandez and Garrett Bradley, were sworn in as new Police Officers. Following that swearing in, Officer Dean Werlinger was recognized for earning his Master Peace Officer Certificate. Then, the climax of the awards time saw Interim Police Chief Sammy Bailey officially become the Chief of the Lampasas P.D., notably the first woman to ever hold the office in Lampasas.
The highlight of the event was Chief Bailey’s family coming in for the surprise event and her two daughters jointly pinning the stars on the collar of her uniform. It was noted by Chief Bailey that she was naming a second in command. Lt. Investigator Jody Cummings will be the Assistant Chief of Police. After all the snapshots and photo-ops of the evening were finished,
the Council got down to business items. As the Council was about to put in place a conditional ordinance allowing a smoke shop to be placed in a Key Ave. building, it was learned that the property owner of the location had decided against renting the building for the purpose. There was no action taken on the matter.
Local artists Libby Bluntzer and Dorinda Barrett were on hand to ask for the Council’s blessing on their creation of a new mural called Cruisin’ Key to be placed on the Stoney’s Liquor building on Key Ave. The mural will depict the late 50s/60s sights along Key Ave, to include the cars of the day, the “circle” intersection at the present day Hwy190/183/E.E. Ohnmeiss Drive intersection, the adjacent Circle Drive In theatre, the Texaco station at 8th and Key, and the Dairy Cue, etc.
There were a number of minor Council actions but perhaps the most important were the agreement to purchase $110 thousand worth of panels and equipment for a rodeo arena at the 580 Sports Complex, the award of a bid to MW Hail Construction for a new Water /Waste-water Dept. building, the passing of an ordinance that regulates the installation of communications antennas and towers in the City, and agreements to purchase a $34
thousand pump and filter at Hanna Springs Pool and leases and purchases of equipment at the golf course.