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The Texarkana, Texas City Council is expected to fill the empty Ward 1 seat at tonight's council meeting.The meeting gets under way at 6 p.m. at City Hall. The council is expected to go into closed executive session and deliberate on who to appoint to the fill the Ward 1 seat. That position has been vacant since the death of Councilmember Bradfield Casteel earlier this month.

Two local citizens have sent in letters of interest to the council. They are Jean Matlock and Howard Banks. Matlock is a federal retiree, substitute teacher and volunteer. Banks is a cosmetologist, deputy grand mason, and evangelist.

Whoever the council chooses will fill the unexpired term which ends in May of next year. The public is invited to attend the open portions of tonight's meeting.

Here is a complete rundown on the council agenda:

Appointments to Boards & Commissions Appointment of Councilmember Christy P. Paddock to the ATCOG Board. (Replacing Councilmember Dr. Brian Matthews who was appointed to the Electrical Board to fill the vacancy left by Councilmember Bradfield Casteel.)

Closed Session:

The City Council will convene in closed session pursuant to Section 551.074 of the Texas Government Code to deliberate the appointment of a public officer to fill a vacancy in council membership (Ward 1 Councilmember with an unexpired term ending May 2016) and interviewing persons for that appointment.

Reconvene Into Open Session

Special Action Item

If the Council is ready to take any final action, decision, or vote to fill the vacancy in council membership, the Council will reconvene in open session for this special action item: If the Council acts on this Resolution and appoints a Council member then Administration of oath of office will immediately follow.

1. Resolution No. 2015-063 filling the vacancy in council membership for the position of Ward 1 Councilmember with an unexpired term ending May 2016. Public Hearing: Second Briefing: Council Vote: June 22, 2015

Open Forum: Comments From The Public (Limit 5 Minutes Each) Items scheduled for "Public Hearing" or have been heard at a previous "Public Hearing" are not to be addressed at the "Open Forum

Consent Items

1. Consider approval of the minutes of the Workshop Meeting of the City Council held on June 2, 2015 at 5:30 p.m.

2. Consider approval of the minutes of the Workshop Meeting of the City Council held on June 3, 2015 at 5:30 p.m.

3. Consider approval of the minutes of the Regular Meeting of the City Council held on June 8, 2015 at 6 p.m.

4. Resolution No. 2015-058 authorizing the City Manager to execute a lease/purchase agreement with Key Government Finance, Inc., for Cisco Systems computer network switching equipment and related computer hardware in an amount not to exceed ($93,515.86), over a five-year lease period. Public Hearing: June 8, 2015 Second Briefing: Council Vote: June 22, 2015

5. Resolution No. 2015-060 authorizing the City Manager to issue a purchase order to GovConnection of Merrimack, New Hampshire for the purchase of Cisco Systems Network Equipment and related computer hardware from the Government Buy Board in an amount not to exceed ($161,374.01) with the Texarkana, Texas Water Utilities portion in an amount not to exceed NINETY-NINE THOUSAND SEVEN HUNDRED SEVENTY-SEVEN AND 55/100 DOLLARS ($99,777.55). Public Hearing: June 8, 2015 Second Briefing: Council Vote: June 22, 2015

6. Resolution No. 2015-069 appointing Stephen A. Mayo as City Liaison on regional water issues. Public Hearing: Second Briefing: Council Vote: June 22, 2015

7. Resolution No. 2015-070 authorizing and approving amendments to 'Schedule A' of the City's Interlocal Cooperation Agreement with Riverbend Water Resources District. Public Hearing: Second Briefing: Council Vote: June 22, 2015

8. Ordinance No. 2015-035 adopting and enacting a revised Code of Ordinances for the City of Texarkana, Texas.Public Hearing: April 13, 2015 Second Briefing: April 27, 2015 Council Vote: June 22, 2015

9. Ordinance No. 2015-036 adopting and enacting a Land Development Code for the City of Texarkana, Texas. Public Hearing: April 13, 2015 Second Briefing: April 27, 2015 Council Vote: June 22, 2015

FIRST BRIEFINGS 1. Ordinance No. 2015-061 amending the budget estimates of the expenditures in the 2003, 2005, and 2009 Bond Funds for the fiscal year ending September 30, 2015 to include funding to complete TAMU East Approach Phase IV. Public Hearing: July 13, 2015 Second Briefing: July 27, 2015 Council Vote: August 10, 2015

2. Ordinance No. 2015-062 rezoning a 1.965 acre tract (Tract 48) in the J.A. Talbot HRS, A-564, located at 5818 Richmond Road. Planned Development-Neighborhood Service to Planned Development-General Retail. Diane Jones, owner. Chad Raney, agent. Public Hearing: July 13, 2015 Second Briefing: July 27, 2015 Council Vote: August 10, 2015 3. Ordinance No. 2015-064 rezoning Lot 6, Block

3, J.T. Spears Addition, located at 3603 Texas Boulevard. Planned Development-Office to Planned Development-General Retail. Kyle Barrett, applicant. Chad Raney, agent. Public Hearing: July 13, 2015 Second Briefing: July 27, 2015 Council Vote: August 10, 2015

4. Ordinance No. 2015-065 amending PD-05-5(O) for site plan approval to allow a Freestanding Emergency Center on Lot 1, Texas Bank and Trust Subdivision, located at 4646 Cowhorn Creek Road. Matt Young, applicant. Kayla Wood, MTG Engineering, agent.

Public Hearing: July 13, 2015 Second Briefing: July 27, 2015 Council Vote: August 10, 2015

5. Resolution No. 2015-066 naming the new street, constructed between Summerhill Road and Mall Drive, as Summer Ridge Drive. Public Hearing: July 13, 2015 Second Briefing: July 27, 2015 Council Vote: August 10, 2015

6. Resolution No. 2015-068 approving the proposed allocation plan for the City's Hotel Occupancy Tax Fund for the fiscal year ending September 30, 2016. Public Hearing: June 22, 2015 Second Briefing: July 13, 2015 Council Vote: July 13, 2015

Second Briefings Without Updates

1. Ordinance No. 2015-051 rezoning the East 1/2 of Lot 11 and all of Lot 12, Block 47, Grandview Addition, located at 3608 Jones Street. Single Family-3 to Planned Development-Neighborhood Service. Kimberly Westley, applicant. Public Hearing: June 8, 2015 Second Briefing: June 22, 2015 Council Vote: July 13, 2015

Items for Discussion:

Staff Updates

Administrative Comments:

1. Council

2. Staff

Adjournment