The DeSoto City Council held its regularly scheduled meeting on Tuesday, April 18 at City Hall.
After Mayor Nick Hasty’s resignation last month, the council needed to appoint a new mayor at this meeting. Darold “Butch” Ostrander was the only nominee at the meeting and was immediately appointed and began conducting city business at that very meeting.
“I guess I’d like to say that we’re into a lot of things going on in this city right now,” Ostrander said before officially taking the seat at the head of the City Council table. “And I would appreciate it if, the council especially, would stay positive on everything we’re doing.
“We’ve got a lot of work ahead of us and I see we’ve got a lot of financial issues ahead of us that’s got to be resolved and we can’t do it being negative with each other. We’ve got to work together.”
Ostrander is a former City Councilman for DeSoto and once ran for Dallas County Supervisors and has been a business owner in the City for years. He owns B&B Leasing in DeSoto.
A public hearing on the new urban revitalization plan for the City of DeSoto was held during the meeting.
The previous draft from last month’s meeting failed on a 4-1 vote as it included a 10-year tax abatement, which, much like the City of Adel, included seven tax-free years on new homes in the City of DeSoto, and the final three years would collect taxes on a sliding scale.
The proposal that was on the table at Tuesday’s meeting was a 7-year tax abatement, which included four tax-free years for new homes in the city and the final three years collecting taxes on a sliding scale. The updated plan also wouldn’t abate taxes on the land on which the homes stand, just the structure itself.
Also, only the first $350,000 of construction on a new home would be abated, down from $500,000 on last month’s proposal.
Ostrander suggested to the council that they wait until get some other issues within the city figured out before approving a new urban revitalization plan.
“We have a lot of things going on as far as water issues, sewer issues, before we start bringing, to the people, a lot of development to the city,” Ostrander said. “I’m all for development at a reasonable rate, that’s fine.”
No motion was made on the plan and it was officially tabled until a later date.
Ostrander stressed that he understands that they need growth in the City of DeSoto.
“We’re bringing in businesses and there’s some exciting things going on in DeSoto with other interested parties,” Ostrander said. “It will come back on the table. That’s guaranteed because if you have businesses, you’ve got to have rooftops to support them.”