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City council to meet Monday

by Kevin Hamilton
The Iowa Park City Council will meet in regular session at 7 p.m. Monday in the council chambers located at 103 E. Cash Street.

During the meeting, Jamie Fulfer, Chairperson for the Iowa Park Relay for Life event, will request waivers from the city’s Code of Ordinances prohibiting solicitation of donations from within a public right-of-way and also an ordinance regulating the discharge of fireworks within the corporate city limits.

The waivers, if approved, will allow Relay for Life to solicit donations Saturday, May 5 at the intersections of West Highway/Yosemite Street, at West Highway/Johnson Road, and at North Pacific/US Highway 287 Access Road, and allow fore a fireworks display to be exhibited as part of their luminary ceremony on Friday, May 18.

Also in open session, council members will discuss and likely act on three resolutions. One such resolution authorizes continued participation with the Atmos Cities Steering Committee and authorizing payment of five cents per capita to the committee to fund regulatory and related activities related to Atmos Energy Corporation.

The second resolution, if approved, will allow the City Manager to purchase a truck cab, chassis, and dump bed for the Street Department throgh the Texas Local Government Purchasing Cooperative (BuyBoard) program.
The third resolution, if approved, will authorize the City Manager to purchase a patrol cruiser through the Housto-Galveston Area Council of Government’s Copoperative Purchasing Program.

Three topics are scheduled for discussion during the City Manager’s Report, which includes

• Receiving a report on the city’s current financial condition and future needs as dictated by the Home Rule Charter;

• Receive a report on the disposition of the Stewart vs. City of Dallas litigation and its proposed effects on code compliance issues within Iowa Park’s corporate city limits; and,

• Discuss and consider establishing and approving regulations for the use of volunteer labor upon city-owned properties and facilities.

Council will then meet in closed executive session to once again deal with the position of Director of Public Works. The agenda calls for council to “interview, discuss and consider finalists under consideration and recommend an appointment to fill said position.”

Council is then scheduled to return to open session for any action to consider as a result of the executive session.