Council continues focus
on substandard structures
by Dolores Hamilton
Five public hearings were held at Monday’s city council meeting to deal with substandard structures.
In the fourth public hearing held for a structure at 103 W. Aldine, the owner asked for an extension. City Manager Jerry Flemming told the council that some progress has been made, and they agreed to give the owner 45 more days to abate the structure.
Owner of the residential structure at 501 N. Victoria was given 45 days to pay off existing liens on the property and secure the garage.
The roof of the former MuleSkinner building at 111 W. Cash has been in need of repair for several years, causing mold that has gotten into the adjacent building. The new owner of the building told the council he is paying off city, school and county taxes, and intends to repair the roof. The council gave him 45 days to do the repairs.
A dilapidated wooden structure at 304 E. Pecan has been vacant for at least four years. There are 17 liens filed agains the property in the amount of $4,034.39, and 22 liens on the adjacent vacant lot (same owner) in the amount of $6,220.15. No taxes have been paid since 2009.
“Right now, the taxes due and liens on the property are probably a bit more than the property is worth,” said Flemming. “I did find out that it is going to be sold on the sheriff’s steps next month.” Council voted to give the owner 45 days to pay off the liens and abate the structure.
Owner of the brick residential structure at 900 North 4th St. was given 45 days to secure the property.
Following another hearing, the council voted to rezone Lots 2-4, Block 26 of the Original Townsite from General Agricultural District (A-G) to Single-Family Residential District (R-1)
The amended Wichita County Mitigation Action Plan was approved. The Disaster Mitigation Act of 2000 and the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) require that communities have mitigation action plans in order to be eligible for federal funding following disasters. The City of Iowa Park joined the cities of Burkburnett, Cashion, Electra, the Town of Pleasant Valley and Wichita County to implement a joint Mitigation Action Plan.
The mayor was authorized to execute a non-exclusive tower attachment agreement between the city and Rise Broadband on the water tower on Northwest Access Road. In accordance with Homeland Security requirements, the agreement requires that a city staff member be present when anyone goes near water in the towers.
City Secretary Janice Newman administered the oath of office to Code Enforcement Officers Karla Neal and Greg Polly, and Fire Marshall Mike McCarty.
In other business, the council amended the Code of Ordinances to modify the fire marshall position. They also set a tentative date of January 15 for the annual evaluation of the City Manager.