In a longer than usual council meeting held Tuesday, October 27, Mt. Enterprise City Council voted unanimously to deny a resolution responding to SWEPCO’s recent notice of rate increase.
The denied resolution would have granted SWEPCO representatives jurisdiction over future representation of the city in larger commission and legislative meetings. CARD, or Cities Advocating Reasonable Deregulation, has made the recommendation to several affected cities that they deny types of resolutions and join their coalition dedicated to protecting smaller cities from regulations created in uncompetitive markets. The council did make a motion to accept the 2020 CARD resolution and expressed concern over the exorbitant rates mentioned in the proposed increase.
The council also discussed and subsequently approved enrolling City Secretary Suzanne Pharr in a future webinar set to instruct attendees on the how-tos of drafting ordinances, prosecuting violations, and dealing with abatements and are set to make updates and reports to the Texas State Library and Archives Commission.
The city moved to accept an agreement with The Parts Store for reimbursement of costs incurred in a sewer upgrade to the site.
Resolutions were passed, establishing much-needed court fee changes, establishing a records management program, establishing The Henderson News as the city’s paper of record.
The council went into an extended Executive Session in which they discussed employee evaluations and possible pay increases.
Just before making a motion to adjourn, the council was presented with a letter from recent MEISD graduate Bailey Porter in which she thanked the group for choosing to award her with the scholarship funded by the City. City Marshal, John Randolph, gave a brief update on the city’s newest officer in training, K9 Vana. Potentially life-saving upgrades will be made to the Marshal’s Tahoe as a heat alarm will be added, which will constantly measure the internal temperature of the vehicle. Once a set temperature is reached, the windows will roll down, and the vehicle’s alarm system will sound, alerting Marshal Randolph to a potentially precarious situation for his new partner.
Early in November, a special meeting will be called to swear in councilmembers who ran unopposed on this year’s ballot.