- Written by John Verser
- Published Jun. 24, 2016
The City of Llano has narrowed its field in the search for a city manager.
After a 51-minute closed session during Monday’s regularly scheduled meeting, Mayor Mike Reagor announced that three finalists have been selected for the position. Reagor declined to name the three candidates after the meeting. He said he would do so once the interviews with the candidates have been set up, because if a candidate declined to be interviewed, another person may be selected for an interview.
“We’ll be negotiating with times for interviews for those three individuals,” Reagor said after the council returned from its closed session. “We hope that in July those interviews will take place. We’re also negotiating with people to be on the citizens interview committee.”
Reagor said the council hopes to have a new city manager in place by early August, but added that depends on the interview schedule.
The new city manager will replace Brenton Lewis, who started in the position in April 2013 and was fired in February.
The council unanimously approved a lengthy budget amendment for both revenue and expenditures in several departments. The budget changed to add $45,000 in revenue for Llano Main Street and $30,000 for the Christmas lighting committee, which were added through fundraising for both organizations. The golf course added $22,000 in revenue, with $16,000 coming from alcoholic beverage sales and $6,000 coming from merchandise sales. The utility fund also saw an additional $3,000 for the sale of hose bib vacuum breakers and toilet tank clips.
Added expenses in the budget amendment include $45,000 for Llano Main Street activities, $40,000 for the Christmas lighting committee for the lighted Christmas display and Fourth of July celebration, and $7,000 for fencing and maintenance at the city pool.
Other added expenses to the budget include an additional $19,000 for the golf course, which includes $13,000 for alcoholic beverage purchase and $6,000 for pro shop inventory, which will also be sold. The LanTex Theater also saw an increase of $1,5000 to pay for a Texas Alcoholic Beverage Commission beer and wine license.
The administration department’s expenses increased $6,200 for salary and benefit adjustments; the water plant’s budget increased $18,000 for legal fees associated with the Riley Mountain water project and $12,5000 for the annual lease payment; and the water department saw a $3,000 increase to its budget for the purchase of hose big vacuum breakers and toilet tank clips, which will be sold to utility customers to comply with a customer service inspection.
The council also set budget workshops for the new fiscal year. They will be held at 4:30 p.m. on Monday and Tuesday, July 11-12, in the city council chamber.
The council unanimously approved three interlocal agreements between the city and county. One agreement concerns the use of manpower and equipment for striping, lighting, landscaping and brush cutting. Another agreement is for inspection and permitting of on-site sewage facilities. Under the agreement, the county will permit and inspect all on-site sewage facilities constructed in city limits. Under the third agreement, the county will provide equipment and manpower, not to exceed $15,000, for city street maintenance and seal coating.