City Council met last week and discussed several items, including regulations for home businesses, advertising in a state web site and the City Council election on May 11.
Because at least one seat on the ballot will be opposed the election was required to be called. This year's ballot will include the mayor's post, currently held by Joe Hollarn; Place 1, currently held by Gary Smith; and Place 3, currently held by Sharlotta Connally. Chamber of Commerce President Kim Henderson has filed to run against Smith. Candidate packets are available in the City Secretary's office, located at 101 S. Main St., through close of business Friday.
In addition to the council races, there will be eight proposed city charter amendments that Joshua voters will be voting on in either "yes" or "no" votes.
"There be separate ballots, but voters will vote at the same locations May 11," Councilman A.J. Mattieu said.
The council also held a public hearing on the expansion of the Valero gas station, located at 100 S. Broadway. No citizens spoke for or against the expansion proposal and an executive from Valero spoke briefly to the council about Valero's proposed expansion, which calls for more pumps and expanding the store area. The council voted to table the request for expansion until the March 21 meeting.
In other action, the council voted to slightly amend an ordinance at the suggestion of Connally, who said she wanted to make it clear that pet grooming would not be prohibited in the new ordinance. There is at least one pet groomer in operation in Joshua.
"If someone wants to have a pet grooming business in their own home, they should be allowed to," she said. "As long as it doesn't lead to parking or traffic problems in the neighborhood."
"That's fine if you want to add that in there," said Councilman Jerry Moore. "But, if you want to add something like that in there, how many other things are you going to put in there for things that you are going to allow. To me, the ordinance is fine like it is. But if you'd feel more comfortable allowing that, we can put it in there."
The amendment and the ordinance passed 5-2, with Glen Walden and Gary Smith voting against it.
The council also voted to spend $5,000 to advertise on the state's new website and publication called "Texas: Wide Open For Business" and discussed renewing an interlocal agreement with the Joshua ISD for lease of the McPherson House, which is currently serving as the headquarters for the Joshua Area Chamber of Commerce.
"We've been in discussions with the school district about making the McPherson House more of a museum and visitor's attraction," City Manager Paulette Hartman said. "It's a beautiful piece of property and we want to make sure we are taking advantage of all the amenities that the property has to offer."