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City approves audit, rejects bids

by Dolores Hamilton

The city’s audit report for the last fiscal year was approved by the Iowa Park City Council during its meeting Monday night.

Paul Fleming, with Edgin, Parkman, Fleming and Fleming, gave a brief review of the audit and answered questions from council members. He said the audit showed a balance of $593,000 in the General Fund at the end of the year, a decrease of around $50,000 from the previous year. He also said there was a minor problem with bank reconciliations, but there was improvement over the previous year.

In other business, the council voted to reject bids received for the purchase and installation of seven heating/air conditioning units and authorized the city manager to re-advertise for new bids.

City Manager Mike Price told the council that after discussing the bids for replacing the units at city hall, police department, fire department and public works, he was contacted by Oncor Electric and told about their “Take A Load Off Texas” city matching grant program. He said they can utilize the federal stimulus funds as the city’s match of Oncor funds if the city can generate a reduction in the amount of electricity currently used.

Price said the previous specs didn’t go far enough in regulating the type of equipment that would be installed that would reduce the city’s usage to meet federal requirements and those of Oncor’s Matching Grant Program.

A resolution establishing the dates, times and places for two public hearings for the annexation of 1.42-acre tract of land was passed. This is the same tract of land that was annexed at the end of 2010, but it was found that notice for the second public hearing did not run in the local newspaper as required by state and federal law.

The first public hearing was held during the meeting, and the second hearing will be on Jan. 24, with annexation taking place on Feb. 14.

The city’s Utility Fund budget was amended to cover the cost of engineering services for emergency action plans for the dams at Lake Gordon, Lake Iowa Park, and Lake Buffalo. According to Price, the plans, mandated by the federal government, with cost the city around $16,000.

The council accepted the annual racial profiling report for 2010 submitted by Police Chief Robert Johnson. Every law enforcement agency in the state is required to adopt a detailed written policy on racial profiling, maintain records, and prepare an annual report of information relating to traffic stops in wh ich a citation is issued and to arrests resulting from those traffic stops.

A list of streets to be slurried this year was approved, with $94,000 budgeted for the work. The streets were selected by council members after hearing recommendations made by Public Works Director Belvin Lytle.

Streets selected for slurry work include:
Fourth St. from Van Horn north to Access Road;
Pasadena. from Texowa east to Bell Road;
Alameda from Victoria east to Hawthorne;
Aldine. from Pacific Ave. west to First St.;
James Drive from FM 368 South southeast to Valley Drive;
Bond St. from IP Rd. north to Texas;
Park Ave. from Wall east to Victoria;
Pecan from Colorado east to Wall;
Jackson from Lafayette to Chestnut;
North 2nd from Washington to Alameda;
Glenda from W. Highway to Louisa; and
Mary Drive from Johnson Rd. to Karen.

Mayor Pro tem Dan Fears, a member of the task force assigned to establishing an entertainment that would promote tourism within the community, reported to the council on their findings. He said they are working on plans to have a free outdoor concert, under a tent, during the afternoon of Parkfest, featuring the Brazos Stone band. Also, possibly having a chili cook-off and hot dog eating contest.

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