City anticipates movie theater reopening

Posted by : Monitor Admin | On : February 2, 2014

By David Webb
Monitor Correspondent

GUN BARREL CITY–Momentum is building toward the announcement of the reopening of the movie theater in Heritage Park, according to city officials.
The Gun Barrel City Council tabled an agenda item related to the approval of an agreement between the Gun Barrel City Economic Development Corp., Gun Barrel City and Home Town Cinema at a meeting Jan. 28. City manager Gerry Boren asked the council to table the item to allow the EDC time to meet with the cinema company one more time to settle more details.
Home Town Cinema, which has a theater in Terrell, is seeking a 380 Agreement with the EDC and the City to acquire incentives to go into business on Cedar Creek Lake. The 380 Agreement is a reference to chapter 380 of the Texas Local Government Code, which authorizes Texas cities to encourage economic development by awarding cash, loans, city personnel, and city services, according to the Texas City Attorneys Association.
Boren said the EDC would meet with Home Town Cinema representatives on Jan. 30, and that he anticipated the city council would call a special meeting the following week to approve the 380 Agreement so the reopening of the theater, which closed last summer because of a financial failure, could move forward.
EDC president Linda Rankin said she is optimistic that there would be good news about the movie theater announced soon. “It’s getting very close,” she said.
Rankin said she planned to visit Home Town Cinema’s theater in Terrell to check out its operation.
In other action, the council:
• called a municipal election for May 10 to place the positions of mayor and two council members, Place 2, now held by Melvyn Hayes, and Place 4, now held by Dennis Baade, on the ballot. Mayor Paul Eaton and Baade, said they plan to run for re-election Hayes has termed out and is not eligible for re-election. Candidate filing began Jan. 29 and continues through Feb. 28.
• approved the replat of two lots in Harbor Point into one lot at 315 Outboard Drive for owner Craig Jennings, who is building a separate storage building on his property. Boren said Jennings had improved the property with a nice fence and a swimming pool so he was confident of the suitability and quality of the project.
• reappointed Jim Cavanaugh and Jim Osborne to the Planning and Zoning Commission. Boren said the two men were “doing a great job” and deserved to continue in the positions.
• approved a resolution in support of the Texas Department of Transportation’s “replacement of the two State Highway 334 bridges crossing over Cedar Creek Lake and roadway expansion on the north side of the existing State Highway 334.”
• approved a resolution tying city employee reimbursement expenses to Government Services Administration rates for costs such as mileage, hotel bills and meals when employees are traveling on business for the city.
• began the annexation process for a 61-acre parcel of land owned by the EDC to the north of the city in the extraterritorial jurisdiction. The process will involve two public hearings, publication of notices of intent and a waiting period that will end March 25. Rankin said the annexation is necessary because the EDC cannot own land outside of the city limits.
• approved bids for the purchase of road materials for 2014.