The Sherman City Council will see its newest member sworn in Monday and then it will consider calling a special election for the at-large, Place 1 seat. The council will meet at 5 p.m. in the council chambers of City Hall, 220 W. Mulberry St.


After former council member Kevin Couch resigned from the at-large seat last month to focus on his candidacy for the state House of Representatives District 62 position, the council appointed former council member Willie Steele to the seat during its last meeting until a special election could be held to fill the position. After Steele takes the oath of office, the first public hearing to be held will concern the special election that will need to be called to elect someone to the at-large, Place 1 seat for the remainder of its current term.


Seven other public hearings are scheduled for the meeting with most focusing on items previously approved by the Sherman Planning & Zoning Commission, though two of the hearings will allow for the establishment of a stormwater utility program and stormwater utility fee for the city.


The proposed fee of $1 per month would be based on one equivalent residential unit, which works out to 3,400 square feet of impervious area. Customers with less than that amount of impervious area on their property would pay less than $1 and those with more would pay per equivalent residential unit that they have on their property. City staff estimate the fee will bring in $458,000 per year for infrastructure projects.


The council will also consider a resolution authorizing the city’s intent to issue $7 million in certificates of obligation for projects to improve flood control.


Following the public hearings, the council will consider the official adoption of the ad valorem tax rate of 42.73 cents per $100 valuation of property for the 2017-2018 fiscal year budget and an amendment appropriating additional funds for the current fiscal year’s budget.


At the end of the meeting, the council will go into a closed, executive session to consult with the city attorney concerning pending litigation and to deliberate on economic development negotiations. The council will return to open session to consider any actions deemed necessary from the items discussed.