By JUDY SHERIDAN
The Aledo Heritage Foundation, a non-profit which would be set up to receive contributions, gifts, grants and donations — and then distribute them according to the City of Aledo’s Strategic Plan — was endorsed as a concept by the Aledo City Council Thursday night.
Staff was assigned to work out the details.
Mayor Pro Tem Bill McLeRoy said the idea of establishing a way for residents to make charitable gifts — as memorials or for improving the city’s quality of life — originated with the Aledo Economic Development Corporation, which recommended it to the council.
A 501(c)(3) would have a charter, bylaws and a board of trustees to manage the funds, he said.
“We discussed the possibility that the board would have some linkage with the city through appointment, through a certain number of members, but this is a separate stand-alone corporation,” he said.
The corporation looked at several options in structuring a charitable vehicle, McLeRoy said, including budget oversight through city staff and channeling funds through an established community foundation.
“The corporation board here decided they really wanted to have this independent, not tied to another organization,” he said, “so the board recommended it for endorsement, going with an entity that would be called the Aledo Heritage Foundation, which picks up the word heritage in our logo.”
The AEDC could not establish the entity, McLeRoy said, so it was referred to council.
“We’ve created several of these,” City Attorney Betsy Elam commented, pointing out a similar entity created by the City of Burleson.
Other cities have used public funds to initiate the corporations, she said.
“If there’s no legal prohibition against public funds, then perhaps the council’s law firm could give us some ballpark as to the cost,” McLeRoy said, and Elam said she would investigate.
In other business, the council:
• Approved a drought contingency/emergency water management plan and a water conservation plan consistent with those of the City of Fort Worth, Aledo’s water supplier.
• Voted not to add communication devices to the water tower at present, rejecting a proposal from Aledo Broadband to install a dish and eight antennas for the same monthly lease rate they now pay for another structure. Tim Foster, of Aledo Broadband, told the council the tower blocks the signal to some of his customers, and he hoped to improve service quality. Council members have raised concerns about how the devices look on the tower and how much the city should be paid to lease the tower space.
• Approved a $106,800 bid from Reliable Paving for asphalt overlays to Chary, Shary and Robert streets in the Lasater Addition and Shady Valley in Hidden Valley, with monies over the $100,000 budget to come from sales tax revenue as well as those set aside for engineering.
• Approved a 5 percent increase in the salary of the city secretary, to $47,580.