Council approves lighting upgrade

The Van Horn City Council met in regular session last Tuesday and made quick work of a short agenda. After hearing a routine report about departmental operations, Council approved a resolution designating the engineering firm of Burgess & Niple from Odessa as the engineering service provider for the 2021-2022 Texas Community Development Fund application and project implementation administered by the Texas Department of Agriculture.

Mayor Becky Brewster, who also serves as the Economic Development Corporation president, presented the EDC budget for 2021, which was then approved unanimously. Council also heard from Adrian Santana, from Garden Grove Lighting, with a proposal to upgrade all lighting at City properties, including City Hall, the Convention Center, Gas Company, Utility Building, golf course and the library, to LED lighting.

After a short executive session, Council voted unanimously to authorize Mayor Brewster and City Attorney Steve Mitchell to draft a letter to the Quality Inn, advising them that the City would no longer be responsible for maintenance of the in-line booster, effective immediately.

Council voted to respond to TCEQ (Texas Commission on Environmental Quality) on a violation by the City on failing to comply with permitted effluent limitations of wastewater. The City was given the option of paying a fine or completing a Supplemental Environment Project, such as cleaning the area around the landfill.

The Council then proceeded to continue their work on the 2021 fiscal budget before adjourning.