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City council pays tribute to the late Keith Dyer

by Dolores Hamilton
The Iowa Park City Council meeting Monday night began with a tribute to Councilman Keith Dyer who died unexpectedly on January 12. He was serving his second term on Place 3, and the first order of business was to declare Place 3 vacant.
A wreath had been placed on Dyer’s chair, and Dyer’s wife, Deborah, was presented a clock by Mayor Ray Schultz. “When councilmen leave office, the city presents them a clock with their name and the dates they served on it,” Schultz said. “It’s our way of showing appreciation and to make sure your family gets the clock that he deserved.”
City Manager Jerry Flemming said the city charter requires a vacancy on the council to be filled until the next election, which is May 6 this year. A notice ran in the Iowa Park Leader saying the city would accept applications until Feb. 8. At this time five people have submitted applications. They are Carmen Lozipone, Larry Del Hayes, William Lynn Dutton, Brenda Sellers, and Deborah Dyer.
Applications are available in the office of the City Secretary, located in city hall, 103 N. Wall.
The applications will be reviewed on Feb. 8 and narrowed down to five. On Feb. 13, they will be interviewed by the council and the finalist named. The finalist will hold Place 3 until the city election in May. Places 1, 3 and 5 are up for election this year.
Council ordered the City Council General Election to be held on Saturday, May 6, and appointed Frances Leath Election Judge, and Maxie Britt Alternate Judge.
The council had approved the lease/purchase of a fire truck demo unit for $370,706. The city sought proposals for financing and Monday night the council approved the proposal of Leasing 2 Co. to finance for 12 years at 3.06 percent interest. Flemming said the truck should be delivered within 90 days.
Council also approved the firm of HALFF for engineering services for hydrologic and hydraulic analyses which involves inspection reports on the city’s three dams.
Payments of $10,800 and $9,900 to Garcia’s Construction for repair of a 16-inch water line were authorized. Councilwoman Lori Shierry asked, “Is this something we’re going to continue to have problems with?” David Sherrill, Public Works Director, answered, “It’s going to continue to create issues, but it’s difficult to say how, when or where.”
The city manager was told to go forward with negotiations to purchase the property at 811 Johnson Rd., adjacent to Foley Park, for $27,500. Flemming said the property would be a great addition to Foley Park and provide a street entrance into the park. He also suggested possibly going to the Iowa Park Community Development Corporation (4B) and asking for assistance with the purchase.
Council approved retaining a 1997 Ford F-350, formerly used in the parks department, to use as a streets and drainage service truck, and disposing of a 1985 Ford F-88, currently used by the department as a service truck.
Flemming gave the quarterly financial report, and discussed health and life benefits for city employees. He suggested waiting to see what happens at the federal level before seeking proposals, and the council tabled the issue.
The council went into executive session to conduct the yearly evaluation of the city manager. When they returned to open session, the mayor announced that Flemming had met or exceeded the council’s expectations.