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The Texarkana, Texas, City Council on Monday said goodbye to a longtime staffer leaving to take another job.

Council Member Bill Harp read a statement of appreciation for Kyle Dooley during his final Council meeting as deputy city manager. Riverbend Water Resources district last week tapped Dooley to become its new executive director and CEO.

"On behalf of the Council, we want to say thank you to Kyle Dooley for your years of service to the city of Texarkana. In my short time on the Council, I have known Kyle to be a person that gets things accomplished, and Riverbend's smart selection is our city's loss. Mr. Dooley's service and personal character will be missed around City Hall. The Council wishes Kyle much success in his new position," Harp said.

Dooley, who previously served as Texas-side public works director, returned the sentiment.

"There's so many things I like about this job. I've loved it ever since I started, no matter what I've done. But I think the biggest thing has been the relationships. Whether it's been with citizens, working for y'all or our staff, I truly enjoyed it, and I appreciate the opportunity," Dooley said.

The sendoff came at the end of a short meeting that featured a handful of first briefings on rezoning and permitting matters.

City staff briefed the Council on four proposed zoning changes, at 1705 N. Bishop Road for a retail embroidery shop; 4020 S. Lake Drive for a convenience store; property in the 3200 block of Main Street for the construction of townhomes; and 1809 Charlestine St. for a manufactured home.

The council also was briefed on a requested specific-use permit related to the home at 1809 Charlestine and another specific-use permit to allow a permanent cosmetics business at 3505 Summerhill Road.

There were no questions or discussion. The Council will have public hearings and votes on the measures during its next regular meeting May 13.

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