Haslet Council approves upgrades to city complex

01/13/2014 2:25 PM

01/13/2014 2:26 PM

The Haslet City Council began the year by approving several enhancements to the Haslet Municipal Complex.

The council at its Jan. 6 meeting approved $64,000 in upgrades to the Main Street complex. One of the items will be the addition of an Americans with Disabilities Act-compliant ramp coming out of the back of the Community Center.

The funds will also provide for expanding sidewalks, screening a dumpster and generator and erecting a fence and screening materials between the library and a new residence to the west of the library parking lot.

But the council didn’t move forward with all of the proposed improvements to the city’s main campus, Mayor Bob Golden said.

“Council agreed to put off any further action on the Community Center façade improvements, the library parking lot improvements and the flag pole relocation,” Golden said.

Also, the Council approved a resolution authorizing the mayor enter into a financing agreement and an agreement to provide insurance with First Financial Bank to finance the procurement of a Pierce Attack Truck and a Caterpillar Generator.

Golden said the item is “essentially a formal agreement to provide proof of insurance to the lender.” The total cost of the combined loan is about $271,400.

The Haslet Council also approved revisions to the 2011 edition of the city of Haslet personnel policies. The council revised sections that concern the use of city vehicles and also vehicle safety, maintenance and care.

The council’s action clarified language to make it the job of City Administrator Jim Quin to approve any non-typical use of city vehicles, removing the council from such day-to-day decisions.

The new language also clarifies that the city will not ask for monetary reimbursement from employees in the case of accidents – but employees having accidents in city vehicles could possibly face disciplinary action, including possible termination.

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