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Off-road, all-terrain vehicle park for city?

by Dolores Hamilton
The possibility of constructing an off-road, all-terrain vehicle park on the east side of Lake Buffalo was discussed at Monday night’s meeting of the city council.

Dwayne Birkenfield told council members that he and others were interested in having an area to ride 4-wheelers, motorcycles, dirt bikes, but nothing larger.

Ways to finance a project such as this were discussed. Councilman Dan Fears said he would like to see a plan, and it was decided that the matter would be placed on the agenda in April, with additional information such as number of acres available and possible financing.

A contest for residents of the Iowa Park school district to submit logo designs that would be utilized in a new city logo was approved.

The winner will receive $500 in Iowa Park Business Bucks that can be redeemed in local participating businesses. Rules for the contest can be found in another story in this week’s issue of the Leader.

In the public hearing to determine if a GMC pickup should be abated, the owner was given 30 days to rectify the problem. In the second hearing to determine if a 2001 Volkswagen should be abated, the owner said that the vehicle had been towed out of town.

The council was asked by the owners why their vehicles were picked out and not many others in town that looked worse. City Manager Mike Price told them what the state criteria is for qualifying as a junked vehicle, such as not having a current inspection sticker or tags.

The annexation of the 1.42-acre tract of land located on West Highway was approved. The council had voted to annex the property in November, but it was later determined that the second public hearing notice had failed to be published in the newspaper as required by state law. The city had to go through the process again, this time successfully, and the land where Rafter J Barbecue sits is now inside the city limits.

A new Code of Ordinances was adopted following the codefication of the city’s previous Code. The changes were made to bring the Code of Ordinances into compliance with requirements outlined in the city’s Home Rule Charter, as well as changes to the laws as approved by the state.

Council members approved a professional services agreement between Iowa Park Economic Development Corporation and Domain Real Estate Services to market the corporation’s 15,000 square foot building located in the city’s Industrial Park.

The council agreed to participate in “Keep Texas Beautiful” projects, and will appoint a “Keep Iowa Park Beautiful” committee at the next meeting.

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