Council OKs new stop signs at Ben Milam

By Lindsey Vaculin

General Manager

 

The Cameron City Council discussed what to do with the old police station, approved new stop signs at Ben Milam and took the first steps toward allowing a remodel to the Cameron Pizza Hut at its meeting Sept. 6.

City Manager J. Rhett Parker suggested to council the police station building be used for city storage as he doesn’t see the city needing it for office space in the future.

Council also approved putting two stop signs at 21st Street and Cleveland Avenue to help alleviate traffic issues coming in and out of Ben Milam Elementary School.

Council also heard the first reading for an ordinance to create a reinvestment zone and offer a tax abatement for Brazos Pizza, Inc. 

Ginger Watkins, Executive Director of the Cameron Industrial Foundation, told council Pizza Hut plans to tear down their current building and rebuild. The project was originally set to begin in October but is expected to be moved to the later part of the year.

Watkins said it will take a few months for the rebuild.

The project is a $600,000 investment and Watkins said Pizza Hut hopes to add new jobs and are looking for an increase in sales after the remodel.

The tax abatement is for three years for 80 percent of the increased property value.

Council also established a FMV ground lease rate per acre for land at the Cameron Municipal Airport.

The lease rate will be $113.25 per month.

Parker said setting a value will help to recruit businesses to build in the future and that aviation-based business revenue would be significant for the city. This will generate more business and can potentially justify expansion of the airport in the future.

In other business the council: 

- Held a public hearing for the tax increase. The city’s tax rate will be the same as last year with an increase of $3,000 in taxes.

- Took action to demolish a substandard structure at 405 West Batte.

- Heard from Stan Shegit about the Grace Church’s Family Fun Fest set for Oct. 1.

- Reappointed CEDC directors to new two year terms.

- Approved a resolution for the Cameron Police Department to use grant funds to purchase NIBRS Conversion software.