The town of Boyce will get an early Christmas present.
At the City Council meeting Monday, the council introduced an ordinance that will declare cases of old bulbs and several Christmas set pieces as surplus. Once the council adopts the ordinance at the next meeting, the surplus will be give to the town of Boyce.
Director of Utilities Matt Anderson said the incandescent glass bulbs have not been used for years and surplus items are typically given away. The bulbs are listed as “breakable regular bulbs, breakable twinkle bulbs, faceted regular bulbs” along with two barrels of streamers, two spools of streamer wire and nine bags of garland that were once a tunnel.
The surplus will also include set pieces Santa Claus, Joy with Candy Cane and Holiday Trail of Lights; 15 fleur de lies, 68 light tapers and a 25-foot garland tree. The ordinance says the supplies are obsolete or unused for present and city needs.
Also introduced was Ordinance 46 that establishes boundaries of the Texas Street Economic Development District. Butler Snow LLP is named as special council to create the district that is bordered by West Texas Street, West Third Street, Sabine and Dixie streets. The districts are established to provide tax incentives to businesses within the district. There will be another ordinance that specified the tax advantages.
Mayor Ronnie Williams Jr. said the district is the same kind as the one the City established in the River Commons Shopping Center on South Drive where Big Lots and two other new businesses will locate.
The council adopted Ordinance 43, a planning and zoning ordinance that rezones 315 Williams Ave. owned by Rachel and Tim Lyddy who will operate a vacation rental-by-owner residence.
Also adopted was Ordinance 44 that approves a cooperative endeavor agreement between the City and Historic District Business Association that will run special events including the Christmas Festival and Classic Car Show.
The council tabled Ordinance 42 that would have given final approval for advertising for revenue bonds to cover costs of rehabilitation of the Texas and Pacific Railroad Depot. City Attorney Alex Washington said one local bank was inadvertently left off the list of potential bidders but will be added.
The next scheduled meeting of the City Council will be Aug. 8