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Jay Hardaway attends his last Abilene City Council meeting

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ABILENE, Texas - Abilene councilman Jay Hardaway attended his last city council meeting Thursday.

Mayor pro-tempore Anthony Williams made the announcement before Thursday's council meeting.

Hardaway resigned due to his new position as District Director for newly elected Congressman Jodey Arrington. Council went around the room to thank Hardaway for his dedication to Abilene.

"Anything said about me, it goes double for all of you. Thank you so much again for the kind words and it has been a true privilege to serve all of you," Hardaway said.

Hardaway's place 4 seat will not be filled until the municipal election in May.

After Hardaway's words, Council jumped into the agenda.

Fire station No. 4 will receive more funds after plans were determined to be underfunded. An initial budget for the station was $2 million. Now that the station has been designed, another million dollars was added to the cost. The station will be located on Grape Street north of Interstate 20.

"Unfortunately, those numbers were put together about three years ago and things change. The economy is certainly hotter than it was back three years ago," said Abilene City Manager Robert Hanna.

Development Corporation of Abilene CEO Kent Sharp presented the quarterly update for the group's five-year strategic plan. The five-year plan is a framework utilized by the DCOA to plan its activities.

One problem facing the DCOA is warehouse availability.

"Some of our manufacturers are growing at a rate. They just need more warehouse space and we've identified 150,000 square feet needed in the next two to three months," Sharp said.

Sharp will work with the city to find out how they can develop new warehouses. The five-year strategic plan is set to be completed in 2021.

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