Airport fencing on council agenda

Airport fencing on council agenda

By Matt Smith/ The Cleburne Times-Review Sun Apr 10, 2011, 11:09 AM CDT

Cleburne City Council members will vote Tuesday on a proposed agreement between the Texas Department of Transportation and the city to construct perimeter fencing around the Cleburne Regional Airport.

The cost of the project is estimated at about $720,000.

Should council members accept the proposal, the city would be responsible for $72,000 of the cost. The airport’s portion of the current city budget hold sufficient funds to cover that cost, Cleburne Economic Development Director Jerry Cash said.

A masterplan study of the airport several years ago recommended perimeter fencing to enhance security.

City staff hope to begin the project so it can be finished by the time work on the extension of Texas 121 from Fort Worth to Cleburne completes.

City staff members also recommend approving the project now as TxDOT funding may not be available in the future.

Council members will also vote on acceptance of an $1,865 per month bid from Lawn Works to mow and maintain abandoned and foreclosed properties in Cleburne from April to October.

The city maintains about 70 abandoned lots awaiting tax sale each year.

Permit fees

The cost of health-permit fees may soon increase in Cleburne.

A recent survey of such fees in surrounding cities revealed that Cleburne’s rates rank much lower on average, Cleburne Fire Chief Clint Ishmael said.

City staff have asked the council to approve an updated fee schedule.

The updated rate requests would bring Cleburne more in line with surrounding cities, and help the city recapture a portion of costs associated with issuing permits, city staff members said.

The council also plan to appoint an annexation advisory committee to make recommendations and assist the council on any future annexation plans.

The council will also address vacancies on Cleburne’s animal shelter advisory committee and parks and recreation advisory board.

The Cleburne City Council meets at 7 p.m. in Cleburne City Hall at 10 N. Robinson St.

A 4:30 p.m. workshop precedes the regular meeting.


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