The Comanche Public Works Authority and the City of Comanche met for a special meeting on Tuesday, July 21 during which they approved their budgets for the fiscal year 2019-20.

October’s monthly Comanche City Council meeting and Public Works Authority meeting saw council and trustees pass several items including a land deal for a new business venture.

Comanche Public Works Authority was up first and they passed the consent agenda with a 4-0 vote which included taking bids for health insurance for city employees in 2021. It also approved the treasurer’s report for September 2020 which showed the authority in the positive $48,585.18 for the month and the year up $64,837.47.

The trustees also approved the purchase of fireworks and other costs related to the annual Christmas parade which amounted to $400.

Adjourning the Public Works Authority, the regular council meeting took place, which showed a few discussion items up including a new server for the city.

City Manager Chuck Ralls said there was a credit from Merit Network Solutions bringing the cost to $4,855. He told council it was needed because the server was locking up and needed to be replaced as it has been in service for 18 years and had information regarding utility billing and other historical things for the city.

Council also approved the Comanche Police Department to apply for the JAG-LLE-2020 Grant for reimbursement for the up front cost of $9,665 for printers and accessories for police cars.

Ralls also recommended council give him the go ahead for him to approve discretionary spending up to the grant amount for the RBDG (Rural Building Development Grant) projects.

He said this will help keep the project on time and make it to where Ralls does not have to go to council for every approval needed to prevent stalling the progress of the projects.

Council agreed with a 4-0 vote and then went into an executive session to discuss the purchase/land deal for a new business venture.

Ralls said the executive session was needed to discuss some legal and confidential discussion for the agreement for property located west of the Field of Dreams.

In the motion after the executive session, Ralls stated that city council agreed to transfer the property located at 1200 Texas Avenue.

Scissor Tail Meat Company was the company that requested the property and council agreed to the cost of $0 with the provision that the property will transfer back to the city if construction is not started by December 2021. 

The company has discussed with Ralls and council about the details of the new business venture and will have more information released once they get the final details after the company discusses the deal.

The next Comanche City Council meeting is scheduled for 5:30 p.m. Nov. 10 at Council Chambers, located at City Hall at 500 North Rodeo Drive.

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