Jacksboro City Councilmen made a decision on the cost of living raises for city employees in Tuesday's regular meeting. As in the previous meeting, Councilman J.W. Lindsey once again made a motion that raises be calculated according to a formula with those city employees making $40,000 a year and up, to receive one percent; $30,000 - $39,999 receiving two percent; and those making $29,999 and below, three percent raises. All councilmen reviewed a chart prepared by City Manager Mike Smith showing the salaries of employees and their raises as computed using this formula. Smith addressed the council that it was his opinion that cost of living raises were generally administered as a percentage across the board, and city employees had not received raises since 2009. After a study of the information, Councilman Kenny Joslin seconded Lindsey's motion, others were in favor, with Councilman Joe Mitchell voting against. The council discussed hotel/motel tax dollars for a part-time visitor center employee, who would be dedicated to tourism and paid by the city. Smith explained that $20,000 was given to the Chamber of Commerce last year from this fund for a part-time employee for this purpose, but for various reasons, this had not worked out. He felt they were missing some opportunities due to lack of time in the schedules of the two directors at the Chamber and Economic Development Corporation to pursue tourism in this aspect. It was approved for Smith to hire this individual.


They also discussed bulk water rates for large consumers such as oil companies to buy water from the water treatment plant for 50 cents a barrel (42 gallons), decreasing from $1.09 a barrel. Smith said this would generate some revenue for pipe lines and the lift station at a later date and would not impact the water level of our resoures since they would only be able to buy as much water as was treated on any given day, so that would be controlled. All surrounding areas were more expensive with Graham increasing from 30 cents to 75 cents and other areas not having the resoures like Jacksboro. The council agreed in the decrease. Next, the council discussed an agreement for a commercial building inspection company to do inspections on upcoming large projects such as the laundromat, Bank of Jacksboro, and new hospital until a commercial building inspector could be hired by the city. Smith explained the difficulty of hiring a person who would wear three hats, such as fire marshall, code enforcer and residential building inspector, as was agreed upon in previous budget meetings. There was also an extensive training process to equip this person. After research, Smith found a company from Plano, who spends a lot of time in this area for this particular purpose who would enter into a non-binding agreement to provide commercial inspections on a temporary basis within a 24-hour turnaround. The council agreed. An ordinance was passed increasing garbage removal rates due to IESI increases for fuel. Most increases resulted in approximate increases of $2.29 a month for residential polycarts to $7.59 for commercial 8-yard polycarts, 2-day-a-week pickup. Animal impoundment fees also increased with first impoundment costing $35 with vaccination and $45 without. These charts are available in the city office. The upcoming circus event was discussed with Big Brothers Big Sisters Director Christine Cabanillas explaining that the circus will be at the Twin Lakes Activity grounds all day Friday, Oct. 4, starting with set up at 10 a.m. and two showings at 5:30 and 7 p.m. The company is Culpepper and Merriweather and this company has never been to Jacksboro before. The tickets can be bought ahead at BBBS and Jacksboro Newspapers for a savings at $10 for adults and $6 for kids, 2 - 12. Children 2 and under are free. At the door, the tickets are $13 and $7.