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City work seek state funding for potential business

by Dolores Hamilton
Monday night the Iowa Park City Council authorized City Manager Jerry Flemming to advertise a Request for Proposals for administrative/professional services and engineering services on a Texas Capital Fund application.
Flemming said Creighton Barrett had come to him saying he was interested in the Capital Fund Program. “This is the same fund that was awarded to the city for Kathy’s Kakes and Gene James Air Conditioning several years ago, and both paid the city off early,” he said.
Barrett wants to purchase land and construct a building to operate as a 10-lane bowling alley, with a game room and restaurant. There would be no cost to the city, as Barrett would be obligated to pay off the city as the city pays off the Texas Capital Fund.
In order to apply for a grant, the city is required to have contracts with an administrative/professional services consultant and an engineering firm.
Council also authorized submitting an application for a Texas Criminal Justice Division grant for funds for the Iowa Park Police Department’s “Surveillance and Secure Facility Project.” The police department is requesting a $30,000 grant for the purchase and installation of surveillance cameras and security doors for the police department. The cameras would be placed at Lake Iowa Park (middle lake), Gordon Lake, and the street barn.
Streets to be rebuilt and slurried during the next fiscal year were discussed, and selections made by the council.
Park Plaza from Magnolia to West Highway will be rebuilt.
Streets picked for slurry seal projects include: Park Place Circle, from Johnson Rd. to Douglas; 900 - 1000 blocks East Park; RAC, Optimist Club, and Friendly Door parking lot; Magnolia from Johnson Rd. East to Loop 370; Newman St.; Lanelle St.; Cornelia St. from 4th St. to the Access Rd.; 500, 600 & 700 blocks W. Rebecca; 200-300 blocks W. Garden; Rita Lane; and 1st St.
The city and the Community Development (4B) Corporation agreed to co-sponsor the 2017 Independence Day fireworks display. The city approved a contact with Tyler Rushing for the display and made a down payment. Flemming said now some local businesses are considering partial or full sponsorship of the display. When the businesses make a decision, the council authorized the city manager to reduce or eliminate the amount pledged by the city and 4B Corp.
Council accepted the annual Racial Profiling Report for 2016 that was presented by Police Chief Robert Johnson.
The Code of Ordinances was amended to update the city’s personnel policy concerning the police department.
Flemming told the council he needs more time to fine tune the communication and social media policy before they vote on it.
Bruce Hutchinson was awarded a contract for electrical inspection services for the city.
Council approved retaining a 1985 Ford F-88, and disposing of a 1994 International 4700 GI truck.
Date for a city council Code Enforcement workshop was set for March 18.