The special called meeting of the Van Alstyne City Council had to be postponed because of technical problems that prevented two of the five city councilors from attending through Skype.


The meeting had been called as both a City Council Special Called Meeting, and as a Work Session Meeting for 6:30 p.m. Tuesday night. Present were Council members Lee Thomas, Teddie Ann Salmon and Robert Jaska, along with Mayor Larry Cooper and most department heads. Absent were Council members Suzon Crowell and Brad Clough.


However, as meeting time neared, several noticed that the available Wi-Fi wasn’t functional. Wi-Fi was needed to let both Clough and Crowell attend via Skype. There was temporary hope as a Hot Spot capability became available. However, that was temporary hope. City officials worked for 30 minutes to get Clough and Crowell involved in the meeting, but in the end Cooper called it all as cancelled.


Cooper said that the three items on the two separate Tuesday night agendas would probably be added to next Tuesday’s regular monthly Council meeting agendas.


Those items were: Public hearings, one regarding text amendments for land use and parking regulations for property at 120 E. Marshall Drive; and the other regarding wording changes to affect property in the Central Business District, which would include a “special use permit for “Recreational and Sports Store” use; and a refund for a Certificate of Occupancy permit fee of $260.95 paid by T.R. Lane Sr. for L&S Gun Sales business.


The workshop was to have, and will next week be about the city’s General Fund Budget for the upcoming fiscal year, which begins Oct. 1. It was especially for that purpose that officials wanted to have all five Council members in attendance.


Next week’s Regular City Council meeting will begin at 6:30 p.m., at the Community Center, and that full agenda will be posted online, at the CityofVanAlstyne.us, the required three days ahead of time.