Kyle City Council to consider city manager contract, tourism funding and animal code amendment

Updated Jan. 17 at 10:15 p.m. This story incorrectly stated that Scott Sellers would receive a base salary more than $31,000 more than his current pay. The proposed increase would raise his salary by around $15,000.

Kyle City Council will consider a new contract for City Manager Scott Sellers at tonight’s meeting.

If approved by council, his contract with the city will be extended until Dec. 31, 2019. Sellers would receive a base salary of $196,503.20.

Under the proposed employment agreement, Sellers would also receive an additional $800 per month for a car allowance. Previously, he was allocated $500.

Missing from the proposal is the offer of moving his family into a $560,000 city-owned home that Sellers declined in December after public outcry.

Also on the agenda:

  • An agreement is proposed between the city and the Kyle Area Chamber of Commerce to allow the chamber to to use revenue from Kyle’s municipal hotel occupancy tax to promote tourism.
    State codes allow cities to allocate funds collected from the municipal hotel occupancy tax to directly promote local tourism. If approved by council, the chamber will receive $183,000 in quarterly installments over the course of three years with funds derived from the municipal hotel occupancy tax. According to the agreement and in accordance with the Texas Tax Code, the chamber would use the funds for advertising to attract visitors, historical tourists and conventions to directly enhance Kyle’s tourism, convention and hotel industries.

  • An ordinance is proposed to amend a city code regarding the trapping of animals. The amendment would allow Kyle residents to use a trapping device if it was loaned by the animal control division.
    Under the current code, only animal control officers may set a trap to capture an animal, with the exception of rodents. If passed by council, the amendment will establish that live traps can be loaned out by the animal control division for up to 14 days. The citizen being loaned the trap would sign an agreement prior and pay a $50 dollar fee if the trap were to be damaged, lost or stolen.

The Kyle City Council meeting will begin at 7 p.m. at Kyle City Hall, 100 W. Center St., Kyle.