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Council swears in newly-elected members

by Dolores Hamilton
The Iowa Park City Council met Monday night to canvass votes from the May 6 city election and swear in the newly-elected members. City Secretary Janice Newman swore in Tim Sheppard, Place1; Deborah Dyer, Place 3; and Sherrie Williams, Place 5.
Williams was re-appointed to serve as Mayor Pro tem.
No action was taken after a public hearing to consider requests for water service outside the city limits.
A 57-acre tract of land on North Johnson Road was subdivided into three 19-acre parcels. The southernmost parcel is owned by Nancy Padgett, and the northernmost parcel is owned by Douglas Guthrie, Karen Cutcher and Rita Britt. The owners of both properties are wanting to sell the land and have requested that a water meter be available to any potential buyer.
City Manager Jerry Fletcher asked Padgett if the property had been considered for annexation. She said no, not to her knowledge, but thought that it should be the responsibility of the buyer of the property.
Council member Williams said she would vote against a water meter being allowed outside the city limits. “I’m only one vote, but I think we should reserve the meters we do have available for inside the city limits.”
A request by Karla Neal for permission to use city equipment and an operator to construct mud volleyball pits at Oscar Park, and for water for a mud volleyball tournament and fundraiser on July 1 was approved.
Also approved was a request from the Iowa Park Volunteer Fire Department for permission to close the Lake Gordon access road from U.S. 287 access road to Victoria Street on June 9 and 10 for a fundraising event at the Lake Gordon Disc Golf Course.
Council approved a negotiated settlement between the Atmos Cities Steering Committee, of which Iowa Park is a member, and Atmos Energy Corp. Mid-Tex Division for a rate increase. Randy West, with Atmos Energy, told the council the increase is necessary so they can continue to upgrade their system. The average price increase for residential customers will be $2.04 per month.
Library Director Amie Shultz gave a demonstration of the new hardware and software at the library that will improve services available to library patrons.