City honors Lions Club
The Ellis County Press
WAXAHACHIE – The Lions Club will mark its 85th year anniversary on Saturday, Feb. 20.
Issuing their first charter on March 14, 1925, the International Association of the Lions Club is the world’s largest and most active service club organization with more than 1.3 million members in 205 countries dedicated to helping needy children, summer camp for handicapped, drug awareness and more following along with the motto "We Serve."
During the Feb. 15 council meeting, Mayor Ron Wilkinson issued a proclamation to the Waxahachie Lions Club honoring their anniversary.
"I, Ron Wilkinson, mayor of the city of Waxahachie and the entire city council do hereby commend the Waxahachie Lions Club for their outstanding service to the city and urge every member of our community to join in this recognition and tribute by participating in the activities on Feb. 20 to show appreciation to this most distinguished ‘club’."
Councilman Joe Jenkins having recently became a member himself added, "This really is an outstanding club and I’m really honored and shocked they let me join."
An official for the club also appeared and asked permission from the council to authorize street closures for their 8th annual Waxahachie Lions Club Mini Grand Prix Race to be held Friday, May 14 and Saturday, May 15.
The vote was approved unanimously.
The Grand Prix helps raise money to give scholarships to Waxahachie High School Students and Navarro Community College.
In other council news, a modular building was approved by the council to expand Hope Clinic on East Jefferson St.
With the new expansion already approved by the Planning and Zoning Board with no opposing comments, this will allow for four more dental rooms, an administrative room, a mental health facility and a conference room.
Hope Clinic has grown from nine employees to 2 and from 4,000 patients to more than 11,000.
The first meeting this month on Monday, Feb.1, the council approved a 3 Â½ percent water rate increase. Due to an error within the department, Director of Finance Charles Harris explained the reasoning behind the utility rate agenda item this week.
"We had no intentions of changes but unfortunately paperwork was done on the rate four years ago and this is less than what the charges were already set."
"This [amendment] just puts in place what was already there,"said Harris.
Deposit rates for water are as follows :
$80.00 for regular residential service
$60.00 is required for accounts with wastewater and trash collection service
$40.00 deposit is required for trash collection service only
Closing comments from City Manager Paul Stevens gave out the financial report from the month of December with the State Comptroller’s Office.
"Our most recent payment that was for the month of December was $1,107,964.17, which was down 2.34% from a year ago December," said Stevens.
"Based on our projections, that was $22,000 less than our budgeted amount for the month.
For the fiscal year however, we are actually $14,000 ahead of budget which equates to only .7% above budget."