Liberty Hill City Council
Michele "Mike" Murphy
Mayor Pro Tem, Place 4
Term Expires 2012
Council, Place 1
Term Expires 2011
Council, Place 2
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Term Expires 2011
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Liberty Hill City Park is located on CR 200. The current park sign was contributed to the City by local Girl Scouts.
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Customers of the Liberty Hill Water Supply Corp. are asked to inspect their property for outdoor water leaks. Customers who suspect a leak should contact General Manager Wendell McLeod at 778.5977.
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Regular meetings are at 6:30 p.m. on the second and fourth Monday of each month in the City Council Chamber.
ð Liberty Hill Planning & Zoning Commission
Regular meetings are at 6:30 p.m. on the second Tuesday of each month in the City Council Chamber.
ð Economic Development Corp. Board of Directors
Regular meetings are at 7 p.m. on the first Monday of each month in the City Council Chamber.
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Regular meetings are at 6:30 p.m. on the fourth Tuesday of each month in the City Council Chamber.
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Meets once annually on the first Thursday in October in the City Council Chamber.
Yantis returns to city government as consulting administrator
(Posted: Noon, Nov. 13, 2010)
The Liberty Hill City Council voted 4-1 Nov. 8 to hire former City Planner Mel Yantis as a consulting city administrator until someone else can be hired to fill the position permanently.
The Council has been discussing the position for some time, and has been divided on whether Yantis should have the job, how much it should pay and from what sources, and what the duties and authority will be.
Councilman Wendell McLeod, who voted against Yantis as a consultant, made a motion earlier in the meeting to appoint current Building Inspector Pete McKinney to the interim position. The motion died for lack of a second, and McKinney was not present.
"Are you going to be able to handle taking direction from three or four different individuals on the Council?" Councilman Jack Harkrider asked Yantis.
"It's hard to work for six people, but I try to take the information from everyone and make the right decisions for the City," Yantis responded. "That's why you need an ordinance in place. You (Council) should set policy and the direction comes from the table. You (as the administrator) do what the table tells you to do."
Yantis, who is City Manager in Jarrell, will only be available to Liberty Hill on a part-time basis. According to previous action taken by Council and the City's Economic Development Corp, he will be paid from both the City's General Fund and from the EDC, which is funded by a percentage of sales tax revenue.
The portion of his monthly salary paid by the EDC will pay for any administrative work he does on behalf of the EDC and Planning & Zoning Commission. Monies from the General Fund will pay for any general administrative work he does for the City, said City Attorney Art Rodriguez.
In recent days, Mayor Michele "Mike" Murphy questioned whether state law allows EDC funds to be used to pay the salary of a City Administrator or Manager. She said after speaking with representatives of the Texas Municipal League, the Texas Economic Development Council, and reviewing the Texas Economic Development Act of 1979
, funds may not be expended that way.
"The Mayor is correct in that EDC can't pay for an administrator's salary," Rodriguez said. "But the administrator can serve a dual role as administrator for the City and as an EDC executive director or other staff position."
"Where the conflict has been is that this has been casually said when describing the compensation of the administrator. It has not been articulated that he will serve dual functions," he said.
Rodriguez added that a "violation," as alleged by the Mayor, has not occurred if no money has been transacted.
The Council has also been divided on the duties of a City Administrator, and Rodriguez was asked this week to write an ordinance to outline those. While some members of Council use the terms Administrator and Manager interchangeably, Rodriguez said the terms describe two very different jobs as outlined in state law.
In fact, he told Radio Free Liberty Hill that for the City to have a real City Manager as defined in law, it would have to go to the voters to decide whether or not to change Liberty Hill to a Council/Manager form of government.
Rodriguez said a City Manager serves as the chief executive officer of city government and executes policy developed by the City Council. An Administrator, while performing similar functions, does not have the same authority. Specifically, the law authorizes a Manager the authority to hire and fire employees. In Liberty Hill, the City Council currently makes all personnel decisions, including interviewing job applicants, and conducting annual performance evaluations of each employee.
The City advertised the opening for an administrator in October, and 40 applications were received. a committee appointed by the Mayor is currently reviewing the applications to narrow the field.
Before a vote was taken on the appointment, Yantis offered to withdraw his application after the Mayor expressed her opposition leading to another argument between the Mayor and Mayor Pro Tem Charles Canady.
"I don't want to be the source of contention," Yantis said.
The Council agreed Monday that after its attorney drafts an ordinance outlining the responsibilities of the position, that the job should be posted again. When it was posted the first time, no job description had been adopted. Yantis did not submit an application for the permanent position during the first round, and said he will not apply this time either.