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Council debates water taps outside city limits
(03/30/17)

by Dolores Hamilton
A public hearing to consider a request by Darla Jordan for an additional water tap on her property outside the city limits was held by the Iowa Park City Council Monday night.
Jordan told the council that she is in the process of selling a portion of the land on Coleman Park Rd., and the water meter is on that portion of land with her residence on the other. She would like to have an additional meter.
Councilwoman Sherrie Williams told Jordan that she would vote against it and explained, “Iowa Park has a wholesale water contract with the City of Wichita Falls. The state requires that systems which purchase treated water such as Iowa Park have a production capacity per connection. The City of Iowa Park could sustain only 2,893 connections and presently there are 2800 connections.”
Lori Shierry said she thought they had closer to 200 meters available based on 2500 connections. Public Works Director David Sherrill told her the city has 2800 connections. “We’re pushing the envelope with summertime coming on, and if we’re expecting more development in the city, we need to be cautious.”
City Manager Jerry Flemming told the council he could get the exact numbers if they wanted to wait two weeks or until the special called meeting on Monday to make a decision. Council voted to table the request and bring it back to the meeting on Monday.
Another public hearing was held to receive public input regarding the submission of an application to the Texas Department of Agriculture for a Texas Community Development Block Grant program.
Flemming said he had been authorized to apply for a grant through the Texas Capital Fund, the same as was done with Kathy’s Kakes and Gene James Air Conditioning and Heating. He said this project was to purchase land and construct a building that would be leased by Creighton Barrett for a bowling alley.
Flemming said the project has been placed on hold because of the minimum scoring requirements to qualify. Barrett would have to have 30 employees and pay $15 an hour plus benefits, and he said it is not possible at this time.
Council approved proposals received for administrative/professional services and engineering services on a Capital Fund application, contingent upon the city submitting a grant application within the next 12 months. In order to apply for a Texas Capital Fund Grant the city was required to have contracts with these services in place. There is no expense for the city until a project is awarded.
An auction for the disposal of surplus property was approved. Because of the specialized nature of some of the equipment the auction will be held online at GovDeals.com. The council asked that two vehicles, a fire truck and cargo truck, be held out and possibly give them to the Lake Arrowhead Fire Department that lost most of their equipment in a fire recently.
A resolution was passed suspending the April 21 effective date of Oncor Electric Delivery Company’s requested rate change to permit the city time to study the request and to establish reasonable rates; approving cooperation with the Steering Committee of Cities served by Oncor to hire legal and consulting services.
The mayor was authorized to execute a lease agreement on behalf of the city with Sara Shepherd and Joseph Olsen for a portion of the S. Jackson Ave. right-of-way.
Council approved a “Food for Fines” program, during the month of April, at Tom Burnett Memorial Library, and also agreed for the library to be closed on Monday, April 10, for staff training and software updates.
Also approved was the final payment of $9,000 to MWH Group for the 2915/2016 audit.
At the beginning of the meeting, City Secretary Janice Newman administered the oath of office to new Parks and Recreation Director Jason Griffin.
No action was taken following an executive session to receive briefings from the city attorney on the contested City of Electra water bill and the petition to dis-annex the Haggart tract.