Lampasas City Council met Monday evening in a Workshop and Regular session. Much of the Workshop session was taken up in discussion of a draft of a Request for Qualifications (RFQ), seeking a consultant to develop a Comprehensive Plan for the City. City Manager Finley deGraffenried led the discussion and presentation with an eye towards meeting the Council’s mandate of addressing the growth, changes, and needs reflected in the changing demographics of the City, while at the same time “keeping Lampasas, Lampasas”, and finding a consultant that can understand that requirement.
Issues for consideration are: impacts of residential and business growth from the south and east; increased traffic as commuters and transporters seek north/south alternatives to I-35; the need to balance conflicting attitudes toward growth and regulations; and the ability to maintain and improve the quality of life here, while at the same time attracting more businesses and population.
Councilman Robert McCauley expressed concern about the fact that “plans” that have been developed and paid for in the past and never implemented because of changes in Council and City staff.
Actionable items for Regular Session included:
•accepting a Chamber of Commerce and Visitor Center report and authorizing a reimbursement of $10,661.78. In the same vein, approving a HOT funds request of $2,590.57 for event expenses related to the Annual Bloomin’ Fest and Spring Sip’n Stroll;
•approving an ordinance to close, abandon, vacate, and convey East Deb Lynn from Willis to Rice Street;
•approving a motion on first reading of an ordinance to rezone 2.18 acres from retail “R” to Central Business District “CBD”, at 208 S. Liveoak;
•accepting the Lampasas Police Department Annual Racial Profiling report;
•awarding a quote to Core & Main to install 500 radio read water meters in an amount not to exceed $35,000.00;
•declaring a 2002 Silverado Pickup, used as a meter reader truck, as surplus and authorizing disposal;
•and selecting the “Rocking L” logo and colors for the repainting of the Nix Elevated Water Storage Tank