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City council discusses strategic planning goals

by Dolores Hamilton
A new city complex, a strategic plan for the city, and a multi-purpose complex were the goals mentioned most often during the city council’s recent planning session, according to City Manager Mike Price.

Those prominent goals were discussed during the city council meeting Monday.

“These are the goals that kept coming up the most,” Price said. They include a new city complex, a master plan that would include input from the city’s two economic development corporations 4A EDC and 4B CDC, and a multi-purpose complex at Lake Iowa Park that would include a youth sports complex, RV park, and event center.

Mayor Dan Fears said a new city complex is badly needed. “They are out of room and the buildings are costing more and more to maintain,” he said.

Price told the council, “We need to take one at a time, maybe move the strategic plan up because there is a definite end in sight.” The plan evaluates all the city’s current assets and sets goals for the future.

When considering a new city complex, Price suggested appointing committees composed of council members, city staff and citizens to study different aspects of building a city complex and continually let citizens know what is going on.

Following a public hearing, the Chevrolet pickup located at 408 W. Valley Drive was found to meet the qualifications of a junked vehicle and the owner was given 45 days to abate it.

Iowa Park Police Chief Robert Johnson gave his annual racial profiling report, and it was approved by the council. Johnson said if an individual believes that a peace officer with the Iowa Park Police Department has engaged in racial profiling with respect to the individual, they may file a complaint with the department.

In other business, the city manager was authorized to purchase three computer workstations from Netessentials in Wichita Falls for $6,934.57. The city replaces three computers a year, and they are budgeted items.

All bids from the city’s surplus property auction were approved. Price said everything sold except for six lots.

An amendment to the real estate sales contract between the city and Vaquero Ventures Management L.L.C. for property on West Highway was approved. Price said the closing date would be Oct. 1, and construction would start nine months later.

A favorable quarterly financial report was given by Price. “The first quarter is looking real well, the department heads are doing a good job,” he said.

Concerning future needs, Price said the city is considering helping Electra Clinic with the cost of a lift station that would serve the clinic and other property along the access road.

At the beginning of the meeting, new Patrol Officer Taylor Yager was sworn in by City Secretary Janice Newman.