The Kountze City Council met on Thursday, February 16, to address a lengthy slate of agenda items. Council quorum represented by Mayor Fred Williams, Glen Matthews, Mary Adams, and Elaine Allums discussed and acted on the following details.
Leading the discussion items was the renewal of the Historical District Board Members J. A. McKim and Floyd Boyett for terms ending in March 2020. Council members unanimously agreed to appoint Matt Drew to the Kountze Economic Development Board. Councilmembers also acted to approve Daniel LeBlanc’s position on the Rabies Control Authority for Kountze City.
The Council discussed a possible increase in the City of Kountze tapping fees for gas, sewer, and water usage to cover the cost of development and equipment maintenance. No specific fee rates were discussed, but rather approval to go forward with the increase was granted unanimously. Current tap fees for gas, water, and sewer vary depending on the length and size of the connection. Information is available online at www.cityofkountze.org.
In other matters, Police Chief Brent Slaughter received approval to accept a Department of Justice Grant for the Kountze City Police Department, which will facilitate statewide records access at no cost to the city for two years. “At the end of that we have the option to pick it up or not,” Slaughter said.
A single action item on the agenda designated May 6, 2017, as election day in the City of Kountze for membership on the council. All voting members supported the motion.