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TEXARKANA, Texas — During a meeting Monday, the City Council will vote on approving a proposal from the Texarkana Symphony Orchestra to take over management of the Perot Theatre.

A citizen advisory committee recommended TSO after evaluating its proposal and those of two other organizations, the Texarkana Regional Arts and Humanities Council and VenuWorks, an entertainment venue management company.

The proposed contract is for $272,207 for three years with three one-year renewal options. The Council will conduct public hearings and vote on five rezoning and permitting requests.

The first would rezone 2321 Summerhill Road, now vacant, to allow a portable classroom building to be used as a daycare.

Two other related rezoning requests would allow construction of duplexes for the elderly on vacant land in the vicinity of Hatton and Gazola streets, in southwest Texarkana east of the loop and north of Findley Street.

Another rezoning request would allow a single-family home in the 2700 block of Austin Street, east of South Robison Road and south of West Seventh Street.

The Council will also hold a hearing and vote on a request for a special use permit allowing a tattoo studio at 3201 Kennedy Lane, near Central Mall.

Another hearing and vote will be on changes to the city's industrial wastewater ordinance required by the Texas Commission on Environmental Quality. TCEQ periodically reviews all such municipal ordinances in the state, J.D. Phillips, executive director of Texarkana Water Utilities, told the Council during its last meeting.

Most of the changes are minor, such as updated definitions and corrected typographical errors, Phillips said previously. The most significant are new reporting requirements for TWU and setting a minimum fine of $1,000 per day for anyone who violates the ordinance.

The agenda includes a public forum during which members of the public may address the Council on any topic for up to five minutes each.

(The meeting is scheduled for 6 p.m. Monday at City Hall, 220 Texas Blvd. Live streaming video will be available through the city's website, ci.texarkana.tx.us.)

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