05 28 2015

McCauley Named As City Administrator

By Terry Britt
Staff Writer
Van City Secretary Yvonne McCauley was promoted Friday to city administrator, following the retirement of Gary McDaniel from that position.
The Van City Council approved the change at its regular meeting on April 4.
McCauley said Tuesday that the city is now trying to fill the vacant city secretary position as well as one clerk position.
The latter opening was created by the transfer of Chris Cotton into the newly created position of animal control officer.
That position will not call for state certification as a police officer, McCauley noted on Tuesday. The move is expected to allow Van City Marshall Melissa Davis to be able to focus solely on warrants and code enforcement.
Also at the council meeting, part of a requested expenditure total from city hotel/motel tax funds for the Van Chamber of Commerce for advertising gained approval.
The chamber had requested $2,545.56, but part of the proposed expenditures were deemed to be ineligible to be paid through hotel/motel tax funds. The council wound up approving $1,281.76.
The council also approved a resolution donating the $1.50 state fee per vehicle registration for child safety to the Children’s Advocacy Center of Van Zandt County.
In other matters, the council took the following action:
— Approved a city activity permit application with changes in some of the requirements, a reduction in the application fee from $50 to $15, and retention of a liability insurance coverage requirement.
— Approved plans to begin the process to demolish the structure and slab of a former nursing home site at 1085 E. Main, based on a recommendation from a structural engineer.
— Approved proceeding with notification to demolish a substandard structure at 202 N. Maple.

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