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Galveston County
Hitchcock City Commission
by Garrett Bryce
Tuesday, January 16, 2018

The Hitchcock City Commission on Monday voted unanimously to order an election for May 5 to elect the mayor and two city commissioners.

The mayor's office, which is currently held by Dorothy Childress, will be for a one year term. Childress was appointed as mayor in November after Anthony Matranga vacated the seat. Childress announced during the meeting that she intends to run for election as mayor.

Commissioners with terms expiring in May are Randy Stricklind in District 3, and Mark Cook in District 4.

The city commission voted unanimously to approve a contract with Galveston County for conducting the May 5 election for the city.

The city commission voted unanimously to approve a joint election agreement with the Hitchcock Independent School District.

The city commission voted 4-1, with Monica Cantrell opposed, to approve a request to re-zone property approximately 650 east of Avenue C on FM 2004 from an Agricultural Residential District and General Commercial District to a General Industrial District.

A public hearing was held prior to approval of the item. Joe Wilburn and Skipper Smith, who had requested the zoning change, were present at the hear. The city commission heard from five members of the public during the hearing. The speakers were split on favoring or opposing the zoning request.

The city commission voted unanimously to appoint Mayor Dorothy Childress as the city's representative on the Harborwalk Tax Increment Reinvestment Zone Board of Directors. Childress, fills the vacancy left by Matranga's resignation.

All other items were approved by unanimous vote. All members were present. Agenda

The next meeting of the city commission will take place on February 26 due to the President's Day holiday.

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