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Council implements Stage 3 restrictions

By Dolores Hamilton
"This isn't a game, we've got to meet these demands," City Manager Mike Price told the city council Monday night as he was explaining Stage 3 Water Restrictions and how critical it is for the city's water customers to comply.

"The lakes are under 40 percent and falling," he said. "We had a great chance for rain over the weekend and got nothing."

Stage 3 restrictions for water use require that all wholesale water customers of the City of Wichita Falls, which includes Iowa Park, reduce their monthly consumption by a minimum of 35 percent. "This is a serious situation," Price said. "We need everybody to come in under 8,000 gallons."

The council voted to approve an ordinance implementing the additional temporary water use restrictions. A copy of the ordinance listing the restrictions, water rates, and penalties for violations can be found on Page 12 of this week's issue of the Leader.

Charles Salter with the MWH Group gave a favorable report on the annual audit and internal control and compliance reports, saying, "the entire process went very smoothly."

Financial highlights of the report include:

• The assets of the city exceeded its liabilities at the close of the fiscal year by $8,922,529 (net assets). Of this amount, $1,404,893 (unrestricted net assets) may be used to meet the city's obligations.

• During the year, the city's total net assets increased by $671,622.

• The governmental funds reported a fund balance this year of $1,075,431, which is an increase of $431,280 in comparison with the prior year amount. $1,075,431, or 99 percent, of this amount is available for spending at the government's discretion (unreserved fund balance).

• At the end of the current fiscal year, unreserved fund balance for the General Fund was $1,070,567 or 34 percent of the total General Fund expenditures.
Streets were selected to be built, rebuilt and/or slurried this year. Edgehill Trail from Johnson Road east to Park Plaza, and Magnolia Ave. from Third Street west to Loop 370 were chosen to be rebuilt.

Streets selected for slurry seal projects include:
Second Street from Washington to Alameda;
Karen Drive from Access Road north to end;
Park Ave. from Jefferson south to Pecan;
Pacific Ave. from Daisy south to Poe;
Pecan Ave. from Colorado west to Pacific;
Garden Drive from Wall west to James;
Hope Lane from Colorado east to Valley;
Colorado from Daisy south to Lafayette;
Magnolia Ave. from Wall to Victoria;
Mary Drive from Karen west to alley;
Yucca Drive from Wagonwheel west to end; and
Pecan St. from Texowa west to Wall.
The city manager was authorized to advertise for bids for concrete paving associated with this year's street construction work. Bids will be opened March 7.

Bryan Havens with Crane-West Marketing showed the council members markups of the first draft of two city logos and asked for feed back. He was asked to make additional changes before a decision on the logo is made.

A new police officer, Larry Robinett, was sworn in by City Secretary Janice Newman.

No action was taken after the council met in closed session to discuss sale of the city-owned building at 500 W. Highway.