Council to act on feasibility study for events center

A feasibility study for a new potential events center in Hutchinson County is ready for review.During its regular meeting Tuesday, the Borger City Council will act on the receipt of a feasibility study for a potential events center from CS&L and schedule a work session to formally discuss the proposed project. The council meeting is set for 1:30 p.m. Tuesday, August 7, in the city council chambers of Borger City Hall, 600 North Main.Back in February, the council approved a proposal from CS&L to conduct this study and authorize an expenditure from the tourism fund not to exceed $50,000 for the project.The study consisted of two phases, the first centering around market and market supportable facility analysis. The cost for this first phase was $33,000. The second phase consisted of event level, financial, economic, and ownership/management analysis along with reports and presentation work. This phase cost $11,000. A remaining expenditure of $6,000 went toward the coverage of out-of-pocket expenses, such as travel, postage, printing, and/or reproduction.At the time, Mark Mitchell, a member of the Borger Multi-Events Center Committee, said the committee wanted to do the study to get down to the meat of the project. Council member Robert Vinyard, who has served as the city representative on the committee, also agreed it was an important step. At the February meeting, he said it has come down to a point where an owner is needed, and the city seemed the best fit to be the owner of the property. He said the committee wanted an answer, either a positive yes or no, before asking the council to have the city take on this project.In other business, the council plans to act on a recommendation from the Planning and Zoning Commission to rezone 200 South McGee (PT of S/W 4 of Section 19, Block “Y”, M&C Survey) from General Residence (GR) zoning district to a Neighborhood Service (NS) zoning district. It will also consider setting a public hearing for Aug. 21, 2012, to hear public comment.The council will also act on a recommendation from the Planning and Zoning Commission on a request from Jimmy Gowdy for a specific use permit for mini-storage to be located at 401 Weatherly Street (Lots 12-16, Block 44, Original Townsite Addition) and schedule a public hearing for 1:30 p.m. Aug. 21, 2012, to hear comments.An additional recommendation from the Planning and Zoning Commission will be considered for council action as well. This action will be on a request from Jose Diaz for a specific use permit to place a manufactured home at 520 California (Lot 15, Block 10, East Side Addition) and the scheduling of a public hearing for 1:30 p.m. Aug. 21, 2012, to hear public comments.The council will act on a lease agreement between Ben Bentley and the City of Borger, meeting minutes from July 17, 2012, and expenditures for the last half of July.A time for questions and comments from citizens will be held. Citizens who have indicated their desire to speak to the Borger City Council will be heard at this time. In compliance with the Texas Open Meetings Act, unless the subject matter is on the agenda, city council members are prevented from acting on the subject and may respond only with statements of factual information or existing city policy.However, city council members may refer the person making the comment to a staff member or request city staff to place the subject matter on the future open meeting agenda. Citizens are limited to three minutes for their presentation to the Borger City Council.