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Water tap approved for home outside city limits

by Dolores Hamilton
The request by Darla Jordan for an additional water tap on her property located outside the city limits was approved by the Iowa Park City Council when they met in special session Monday night.
The request had been tabled at the council’s regular meeting last week to give the council members time to get additional information on the requirements.
The state requires that systems which purchase treated water such as Iowa Park have a production capacity per connection. At one time Iowa Park could sustain only 2,893 connections. Currently the city has 2846 connections, which would leave only 47 remaining.
City Manager Jerry Flemming did research and found that in 2014 the Texas Commission on Environmental Quality gave the city an alternate capacity requirement which allowed the Iowa Park water system to sustain up to 3,472 connections, and could add up to 626 more connections.
After hearing the report the council voted to approve an additional water tap on Jordan’s property on Coleman Park Rd.
At the March 27 meeting the council authorized an online public auction on to dispose of surplus property. Two items, a fire engine and a cargo truck, were removed from the list to donate to the Lake Arrowhead Volunteer Fire Department that lost equipment in a recent fire.
Flemming said the Texas Forest Service had already found vehicles for Lake Arrowhead, so the council voted to include the two vehicles in the auction.
All of the surplus items will be on display for public inspection Saturday at the lot north of the Iowa Park Streets and Drainage Maintenance Facility on FM 368 South.
During the workshop on the city’s Code of Ordinances, Code Enforcement Officer Charles Dudley gave a presentation in which he told his job description, and ordinances on building permits, licensing of contractors, asbestos requirements, flood damage prevention, and others.
Dudley said that sometimes people are not aware of ordinances, and suggested working with the Leader to run articles or a column explaining ordinances so the public will have a better understanding of them.
The council discussed ordinances that deal with yards filled with junk and debris, tall grass and weeds, and how they can be better enforced. They agreed that these places are a health and safety hazard and it doesn’t take but one junk house to ruin a neighborhood.
Ways to help enforce the ordinances were discussed including an increase in fees for mowing and cleaning, and issuing citations.
Flemming recommended getting with the city attorney and doing research to see what other cities are doing, and at the next workshop the council could focus on fines and legal proceedings.
The next workshop will be on April 17.