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Council evaluates city manager

by Dolores Hamilton
Monday night the Iowa Park City Council conducted its annual evaluation of the city manager as required by the city's Home Rule Charter.

After spending two hours and 42 minutes in closed session, council members gave City Manager Mike Price a favorable report. "He passed with flying colors, and we went over areas for improvement," said Mayor Dan Fears.

In other business, the council discussed and approved opening and closing dates, hours of operation, and user fees for the municipal swimming pool and spray park.

The pool's opening date is June 1, and closing date is August 25. The fee for semi-private parties went up from $125 to $150, and the fee for private parties increased from $200 to $250. All other user fees remain the same as last year, including $3 per person entrance fee for daily swimming.

Mark-ups for a new city logo were presented to the council by Colt West of Crane-West Marketing. Council members selected their two favorites and suggested modifications. West said his firm would make the changes and bring them back to the next council meeting.

The mayor was authorized to execute a second modification to the tax abatement agreement between the city and S-5! Manufacturing.
The modification will shift the tax abatement from the proposed 25,000 sq. ft. structure that was to be built in Industrial Park to the building located at 500 West Highway, which the city is selling to S-5!.

The council approved the city's continued participation with the Atmos Cities Steering Committee and authorized payment of five cents per capita to the committee to fund regulatory and related activities associated to Atmos Energy Corporation.

Also approved was a request by the Hotter-N-Hell Bicycle Ride organization to use City Hall Park as the first rest stop for the bicycle ride on August 24.