The Odessa Board of Aldermen has a new alderman. Click to hear KMZU’s Sarah Scott speak with City Administrator Jon Holmes:

Jon Holmes

Steve Lockhart was appointed to fill the vacant seat at Tuesday night’s meeting.

“Mr. Lockhart is a long-time resident of the City of Odessa. And when Donna Davis stepped down from the position at the last meeting, Mayor Murry did some talking to different residents to find out who would be interested in serving in this capacity,” said Holmes. “And Mr. Lockhart was able to step up and fill in.”

The Board also appointed Peggy Eoff as City Collector. She currently serves as Deputy City Clerk.

The Board also approved an amendment to their livestock ordinance. The City has been dealing with this issue since last spring.

“That was specifically to address people wanting to raise chickens in their backyards. So we were looking at it from that standpoint, and we have not allowed that in the past. There was kind of a broad interpretation of the term ‘livestock,’ so there was better verbiage taken care of in this code change, so that it includes poultry as well.”

Council also discussed wastewater rates in town. The City is in the process of applying for state revolving funds, which will be used to build water or wastewater infrastructure. The loans have a lower interest rate than is otherwise possible to obtain for the City.