Council swears in re-elected members
Wednesday, 06 June 2012 by Matthew Girard
With the adoption of an ordinance to canvass the election results from the May 12 general election, the Belton City Council swore in newly re-elected council members Marion Grayson and John Agan during Tuesday night's regularly scheduled City Council meeting at the Harris Community Center.
Grayson was also re-appointed as the Mayor Pro-Tem.
Mayor Jim Covington, who was also re-elected in the general election, was not in attendance at Tuesday's meeting and will be sworn in at a future meeting.
In other business, the council awarded a $1,000 scholarship from Waste Management to Belton High School senior Bethany House.
As part of the contract with the city, Waste Management offered the scholarship to a BHS graduating senior. Using a three judge panel, that included Agan, Belton Police Department Chief Gene Ellis and Patricia Moore, House was selected to receive the scholarship based on her essay on sustainability.
During her years at BHS, House was a member of the Youth Advisory Council, the Marching 100, the Temple College Symphonic Band an employee at Schoepf's BBQ and was one of two students selected to the Belton ISD School Health Advisory Council. House will attend Texas A&M University in the fall.
The council also approved to enter into a development agreement with the University of Mary Hardin-Baylor regarding funding for wastewater improvements along North Sparks Street and University Drive to accommodate the building of the university's new football stadium, student union building, nursing and visual arts buildings, and future student housing.
With the agreement, UMHB will provide the city with repayment for the ancitipated $350,000 project. Construction is expected to begin in December and will be finished before the 2013 Fall semester.
The council also received a preliminary report on research concerning options on renaming or naming a street in honor of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. as originally presented by Belton's African American Churches United at the May 8 city council meeting. The BAACU had suggested renaming Second Avenue.