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New parks director, country music star & more on council agenda

Written by Bobby Vasquez. Posted in News

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Deer Park city council’s agenda includes items relating rising country music star RaeLynn, storage containers at Wal-Mart and naming Charlie Sandberg as the city’s parks and recreation director. Council’s workshop begins at 6:30 p.m. followed by the regular meeting at 7:30 p.m.

City Council is expected to name Charlie Sandberg as the city’s new parks and recreation director at Tuesday’s meeting. Sandberg, a longtime administrator for the city’s parks department has served as the interim director following the resignation of former director Scott Swigert earlier this year.

During the workshop, council will discuss a potential agreement with Wal-Mart relating to the store’s request to use seasonal shipping containers for storage on its property. The city’s zoning ordinance prohibits the use of shipping containers for external storage in a commercial zoning district. Historically, the only exception to this rule is the Public Works Director on occasion has granted commercial businesses the ability to use one shipping container for external storage during the holidays. This generally entailed the unit arriving no earlier than mid-October and being removed by mid-January.

Wal-Mart officials have requested the ability to use 40 containers on their site during the holiday shopping season. Council would need to create a zoning change which would allow for the temporary use of the outdoor containers.

Council could allow a zoning change with the following conditions:
• Containers may only be placed behind the business’ primary structure.
• Containers be fenced and screened from public view.
• Containers may not be stacked on top of one another.
• Containers may not be placed in an area marked as a parking lot.
• Containers must be placed on an approved impervious surface (concrete or asphalt) and may not be placed on grass, dirt, crushed rock, etc.
• Containers be allowed for no more than 90 days and no more than once per year.
• Containers be permitted through the Public Works Department and/or approved via a Specific Use Permit.
• Placement of the containers must meet all applicable permanent construction setback requirements of the Commercial Zoning District.

This item is for discussion only.

Council will also discuss the proposed contract with country star RaeLynn for a free concert Nov. 4. Last month, council discussed the hiring of Country & Western recording artist RaeLynn to headline a free concert at the west parking lot of Clyde Abshier Stadium. This would be the signature event of the City’s year-long 125th anniversary celebration. Council ultimately authorized the hiring of RaeLynn with a performance fee of $25,000 with two conditions: The city would be reimbursed if the event is cancelled by the performer, and she agrees to an alternative event (acoustic show and/or meet & greet) if the concert rains out on Nov. 4.

Council will discuss this item and take action on it during the regular agenda meeting.

Also during the workshop, council will discuss a change to the city seal; a vulnerability assessment of the city’s IT infrastructure; and audio/visual equipment to the new city hall. Council will take action on those items during its regular meeting.

During the regular meeting, council will also take action on the authorization from SKE Inc. to perform the Rehabilitation of Waterlines on Estate Drive, Kingsdale Drive, and Stephanie Drive; a Youth Sports Organization Utilization Agreement with Deer Park Girls Softball for 2017; an amendment to the Industrial District Agreement with Lubrizol; and changes to the city’s personnel manual.