The Van Alstyne City Council met in regular session Tuesday night, with council member Brad Clough absent because, as Mayor Pro-Tem Teddie Ann Salmon explained, he became the proud daddy of a new baby girl, and she had come home from the hospital that same day. Council member Suzon Crowell was present through Skype. Also present were council members Robert Jaska and Lee Thomas.


The meeting started as the Zoning Board of Adjustments, with two public hearings on its agenda. Those were for area setback and other adjustments for properties on Nunnalee Avenue and Nash Avenue. No one spoke up for or against either item.


The regular meeting began with another public hearing, as required, on the development on Jim Jones Road and West Van Alstyne Parkway, again with no one speaking up except for Tony Krauska P.E. who explained with a graphic that the development will encompass homes and a commercial area. Later in the agenda, the council approved the requested zoning changes with Crowell voting no and the others voting yes.


There were several presentations made, including the Van Alstyne Police Officer of the Year 2017, which went to Officer MaryAnn Jones; a proclamation declaring April as Sexual Assault awareness Month; and a proclamation on the outstanding success of three Van Alstyne High School powerlifting team members, Alyssa Hill, Gwen Tyson and Gen Tyson.


The Consent Agenda, which can be approved with one motion and one vote, passed unanimously. This will now allow the city manager to reduce fees contained in the fee schedule when that action is in the best interest of the city, and can hear utility charge appeals; the signing of an agreement with Meadowbrook Care Center for the provision of non-emergency ambulance transfer services; and assigned a contract for pavement in the Blassingame Avenue and Greywood Drive construction projects in the amount of $1,160,000 to Pavecon Services, Inc.


Then, in the regular agenda, the Council heard from Van Alstyne Fire Chief Ryan Dockery about the various reasons they need a new ambulance. Dockery explained that the 2007 ambulance in service has more than 300,000 miles on it, that they spent about $42,000 in the past few years on repairs, and much of the equipment is outdated and needs replacement. He obtained several quotes and had presented the best one to the Council, which approved the purchase ($275,000) unanimously.


After an executive session, the council:


• Took no action on an Economic Development Corporation item called Project Blue Flower


• Changed Interim City Manager Lane Jones’s employment from part-time to full-time status


• Took no action on a land use and infrastructure development called in the agenda Rolling Ridge and to invite them to the next meeting to further discuss this project in the extra-territorial jurisdiction


• Made Jones the media spokesman for all city and city council information, relieving Thomas of that responsibility


City Clerk Jennifer Gould said that within about a week, a survey will be on the city’s website regarding the city parks and Salmon asked the crowd to watch the website and give input as to what the public wants in the way of park improvements.