Including a second municipal courtroom and permitting beer gross sales at a Rose Park baseball discipline for a proposed semi-pro workforce are among the many agenda objects for Thursday’s night Abilene Metropolis Council assembly.
The council additionally will contemplate an financial growth settlement with the Abilene Enchancment Company for the acquisition of property at 101 Cypress St. and 1250 N. First St., that are owned by Gannett, the dad or mum firm of the Abilene Reporter-Information.
In a Monday media briefing on the council assembly agenda, Metropolis Supervisor Robert Hanna mentioned he couldn’t talk about additional particulars on the acquisition, together with deliberate utilization and timeline, as a result of the council was going to handle these first in government session.
Town council will convene at Metropolis Corridor, 555 Walnut, starting with an government session at 4:30 p.m. and an open session at 5:30 p.m.
A second courtroom
Choose Keith Barton presides over Municipal Courtroom, which handles class C misdemeanors resembling visitors violations and is situated at 4575 S. First St.
In anticipation of Barton retiring later this yr, the town council will contemplate making a second courtroom to “facilitate a clean transition,” Hanna mentioned.
Town’s Municipal Courtroom additionally has skilled a backlog of instances through the COVID-19 pandemic with delayed hearings and extra defendants requesting a jury trial, Hanna mentioned.
Time will inform whether or not the town must function two courts completely, or if one courtroom will suffice as soon as the backlog is addressed, Hanna mentioned.
If the council approves the second courtroom, they will contemplate hiring Assistant Metropolis Lawyer Chace Craig as decide.
“He has a really calm demeanor and a superb temperament to be a decide and Justice of the Peace,” Hanna mentioned.
Areas for a second courtroom and decide’s workplace have been deliberate when the Municipal Courtroom moved to its present location, the previous Kmart purchasing heart, in 2019.
Minor league baseball
Abilene Sports activities and Leisure needs to deliver a minor league baseball workforce to Large League Subject at Rose Park and believes alcohol gross sales is important to make the enterprise financially viable, Hanna mentioned.
As a result of metropolis ordinance bars consumption of alcohol at Rose Park, the council will contemplate a proposal to permit an exception underneath a lease settlement with the group.
“There’s been an assorted historical past of semi-pro sports activities groups in Abilene, Texas, and none of them have actually ever appeared to succeed. And, the widespread thought behind that’s that they’ve not been in a position to promote alcohol,” Hanna mentioned.
The group just isn’t requesting metropolis funds for the proposal, however plans to fund discipline enhancements by non-public donations and company sponsorships, in accordance with data provided by the town.
If an settlement will be reached, the group hopes to have video games begin in Might 2023.
The Parks and Recreation Board has beneficial that the council approve the proposal to permit alcohol consumption on the Rose Park baseball discipline.
In different enterprise ..
The council Thursday will contemplate:
►Renewing an settlement with the Abilene Zoological Society. The settlement that the town has maintained for 10 years has helped with fundraising and the betterment of the zoo, Hanna mentioned.
That settlement is up for renewal and can higher outline reporting construction of the employees and the funding for zoo operations and donations.
“Prior to now, they’d relationships the place they’d personal the animals and they’d feed them non-public meals and that type of stuff. This settlement adjustments a few of that and actually places them extra into the fundraising function and assist for the zoo, from particular occasions to solicitation of funds for donations and people kinds of issues,” Hanna mentioned.
► Car parking zone enhancements at North Sixth and Cypress streets. The council will contemplate awarding a $101,000 contract to Epic Development for the car parking zone, which will probably be utilized by the proposed downtown resort and First Monetary Financial institution.
► A South twenty seventh Avenue reconstruction challenge.Avenue upkeep funds are proposed for use for the $1.5 million repaving of a stretch of the street that runs from Barrow Avenue to Sayles Boulevard.
► A voluntary annexation request. HSH Ventures LLC has requested annexation of about 27 acres southeast of the intersection of Hardison Lane and Maple Avenue and apply a zoning that permits residential growth, which is in step with the housing neighborhood on the adjoining property.
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