2009-04-21 / Front Page

Lometa looks to settle suit

By CHERI JAY-WIENECKE Special Correspondent

Meeting in regular session last week, the Lometa City Council attended to both legal matters and the usual municipal fare.

After a lengthy closed-door executive session with its attorney, the council took steps to end the lawsuit filed against the city last fall by Rigo Reyes.

Council members authorized attorney Roger Gordon of Bovey and Bojorquec, LLP to execute the options designated by the council during executive session.

Mayor Cynthia Kirby described the offer made by the city as a minimal agreement contingent upon acceptance by Reyes.

Also last week, the council agreed to notify cable franchise provider Almega of its intent to initiate a 60-day contract review.

The council also voted unanimously to extend the temporary part-time employment of Megan Sisney through the end of June. Mrs. Sisney, who has been with the city for four months, was to end her tenure at the end of April. The move came in an effort to keep City Hall open while City Secretary Michelle Schueneman is away on city business or attending training sessions, such as the oneday annexation class the council approved during its meeting.

In response to recent requests for use of council chambers, council members agreed to establish a $25 rental fee and advertise the room's availability on the city's Web site.

On a recommendation from city auditors, the council voted to combine the city's bank accounts into one general account with the exception of the court, grant and paving accounts which shall remain separate. Prior to the consolidation, the city had eight accounts, some of which had been dormant for lengthy periods of time.

During open forum, Terri Harris of the Lampasas County Rodeo Association reported on the recent work, donations and upcoming events at the Lometa Regional Park's rodeo arena.

The arena, which will serve as the site of the annual Riata Roundup, has undergone a number of improvements during recent months. Ms. Harris said a $1,000 donation from the city was used to purchase concrete and posts for the completion of the new return alley.

Six ranch sortings have been held at the arena, with the competitions every third Saturday. The arena also is booked for team ropings every Thursday in May, and a county team roping is planned for June.

Improvements in preparation for the Riata Roundup include completion of the arena's concession stand.

With the assistance of numerous Lampasas County businesses and individuals, electrical work has been completed, and ceiling fans and fixtures have been donated.

"We have a really good facility, and we take good care of it," said Ms. Harris. "Together we can make a really nice facility out there."

While the rodeo complex was Ms. Harris' primary topic, also of concern to her was the need for improvements to the park's baseball fields. Approximately 50 Lometa children have signed up to play baseball, she said.

"The rodeo association isn't just about the arena. We're about the kids, the park and the community," she said.

Before adjourning, the council requested Mrs. Schueneman research the cost of motionactivated cameras for installation at the park. City officials are concerned that vandalism is an ongoing problem at the facility.

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