MINUTES OF MEETING
BOARD OF ALDERMEN
THE TOWN OF ANDERSON, TEXAS
August 14, 2008
State of Texas
County of Grimes
The Board of Aldermen of the Town of Anderson met in regular open session in the American Legion Building in Anderson, Texas, at 7:00 p.m. Thursday, August 14, 2008. Present were Mayor Gail Sowell, Alderwoman Erna Freeman, Aldermen Tom Johanson, David Heyman, Daryl Alford and City Attorney Lovett Boggess. Alderman Ernest Henderson was absent.
The meeting was called to order at 7:02 p.m.
Guests present at the meeting were Cindy Bell, Maurine Wehmeyer, Jamie Schultz, Mr. & Mrs. Nevill, Rueben Grassl and Jerry Norman.
The Mayor advised members that the minutes from the regular meeting held on June 19, 2008 would be presented at the September meeting for approval.
Mayor Sowell presented the Grimes Co. Appraisal District contract for tax appraisal and collection services for 2007-2008. Alderman Ernest Henderson made a motion to continue to use their services and made a motion to accept the contract as presented; Alderwoman Erna Freeman seconded the motion. All members present voted in favor of the motion.
Cindy Bell, representing Historic Anderson, asked approval of the Council to hold the Holiday Decoration Contest in the town again this year. Everyone was in agreement of the contest.
The forming of a 391 Sub-Regional Planning Commission was discussed once again. After a lengthy discussion of the pros/cons of establishing such a commission, the Council decided to table the agenda item for now.
Mayor Sowell asked the Council to approve entering into a contract with Grimes County Appraisal District for tax appraisal and collection services for 2008-2009. Motion to accept the contract was made by Alderwoman Erna Freeman and seconded by Alderman David Heyman. All members present voted in favor of the motion.
Mayor Sowell presented the appraisal roll for the Town of Anderson for tax year 2008 prepared by Bill Sullivan, Chief Appraiser for GCAD. The town had the option to leave the effective tax rate at the current rate of $0.197112/$100 or our last year’s rate of $0.2055 or change it. The consensus of opinion was to leave the rate set at last year’s figure of $0.2055; making a formal acceptance at the September meeting.
Mayor Sowell advised members that she wished to move the September meeting from September 11 to September 18 in order to allow sufficient time for budget preparation for 2008-2009.
Alderman Tom Johanson made a motion to pay all bills due and payable. Alderman Daryl Alford seconded the motion. All members present voted in favor of the motion.
Mayor Sowell informed the Council that Robert Lys was through with the street maintenance work for the summer. She sent a letter of thanks.
The official meeting was adjourned at 8:07 p.m.