City eyes civic center construction
By LPR Staff
The Lockhart City Council formed an ad hoc committee last week to examine the possibility of building a civic center in Lockhart in the future.
According to Mayor James “Jimmy” Bertram, the committee will tour facilities in other communities, look at designs and consider the impact the presence of a center has on cities
Five of the nine members of the panel have been named. The other members will be appointed by the council during their next meeting on Tuesday.
Bertram said that he, along with the rest of the council, would like to move forward as soon as possible, because the city hopes to include community center planning in upcoming budget processes.
The Council also set aside property for the construction of a “skate park” in Lockhart City Park.
Presenting the proposal, Assistant City Manager Vance Rodgers suggested that an acre on the north end of the park near the softball fields be dedicated for the skate park. However, some councilmembers expressed concern.
“There might need to be adult supervision over there,” said District 3 Councilmember Lew White of the proximity of the skate park to Plum Creek Elementary School. “The language can get kind of rough, and when the school has kids outside, that”s going to be something to watch.”
Although it is still in the rough planning stages, the city expects that the skate park will be funded through a combination of city funding, grants and private funding from a group of citizens pushing for the skate park.
In brief city news:
The Council approved a resolution setting a special election on Nov. 7, 2006. The election will allow the voters to decide whether or not Bertram should be recalled from his position as Mayor.
Using money from the Court Security Fund, the Lockhart Municipal Court will purchase and install additional security equipment at the Court”s new location on Highway 142. According to Court Coordinator Bonnie Townsend, the sheer size of the new facility necessitates the extra equipment.
The Council made appointments to a variety of boards and commissions.
The Lockhart City Council meets on the first and third Tuesday of each month in the Glosserman Conference Room at Lockhart City Hall. For those who cannot attend the meetings, they are also televised on Time Warner Cable Channel 10.