By Tony Farkas
SHEPHERD — After a non-attended public hearing on establishing a City of Shepherd Police Department, the Shepherd City Council moved forward by approving the department and the creation of a chief of police position.
City Clerk Debra Hagler said the city is planning to have the department staffed and in operation by Dec. 1.
Additionally, she said a new police chief should be hired and appointed at the November meeting.
The city does own a police vehicle, and already has purchased a lot of the necessary equipment but is looking to purchase a second vehicle. Hagler said it’s just a matter of dealing with the red tape to get Texas Commission on Law Enforcement approval.
Council Member Yvonne Cones expressed concern about funding, but the city has the funds budgeted, Hagler said.
In other business, the council:
•approved an ordinance denying Entergy Texas’s intent to change rates;
•approved submitting a grant application to the Texas General Land Office for the Community Development Block Grant Mitigation Regional Allocation Program for water system improvement project;
•tabled a road maintenance request from Shantal Pope at 2400 E. Beverly for more information;
•approved a request from Cassandra Schaver to allow the Drill Team to use the Community Center for a fundraiser on Dec. 9 for four hours with fees to be waived;
•took no action on requests from Augusto Estrada to have an RV on his property, and a manufactured home variance request from Hershel Ebarb;
•tabled a discussion on a request from Lisette Gaytan to install a 1993 Single Wide Wingate on her property for more information;
•approved a request from Johnny Watson to install temporary RVs on his property to house a team of security people to protect his business that has been burglarized three times within a weeks’ time; and
•approved the hiring of Sissy Prigmore as the Municipal Court prosecutor on an as-needed basis for a fee of $200 per month.