Thursday evening, the Lubbock City Council met in the first of two regularly scheduled meetings for the month of November.

The council by a unanimous vote reappointed three members of the Electric Utility Board to new two-year terms.  They are: Jane Henry, Stephanie Hill and James “Drew” Tucker. Clayton Isom was ineligible to be reappointed to the Electric Utility Board because he has served the maximum number of terms.

Concerning Isom's seat, the council voted to table consideration for his replacement to the November 17 meeting.

In other news from Thursday's meeting, the Lubbock City Council approved the Second Reading of a budget amendment which will appropriate $1,154,022 for an expansion of West 50th Street from Milwaukee Avenue to Upland Avenue. The 50th Street expansion will take between one to two years to complete and it will replace part of County Road 6900.

Twelve new paratransit vans will be purchased by Citibus at a cost of $1.438 million. The new paratransit vans will replace Citibus' current fleet of 2006 models still in service. Federal Transit Administration grants will help reduce the City of Lubbock's costs on the vans.

In real estate news with the City of Lubbock, the city council approved the sale of three consecutive lots in downtown Lubbock to Amarillo National Bank. For $22,000, Amarillo National Bank purchased three vacant lots south of 20th Street at 1932 Texas Avenue; on the west side of the street. According to the city, Amarillo National Bank was the only bidder for the land.

Finally, the city council voted to reject bids by three different companies to purchase land near 5th Street and Avenue J that used to house LP&L Plant #1.  The highest bid to purchase the land was $116,000. The city may decided to try to sell of the land again at a future date.

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