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Search back on for Public Works Director

by Dolores Hamilton
The search is back on for a Director of Public Works for the City of Iowa Park.

After meeting in closed session for an hour Monday night, members of the city council voted unanimously to rescind the employment of Scott Perry as Public Works Director.

When interviewed by the Leader regarding the council’s action, City Manager Mike Price said, “The council withdrew its employment offer to him (Perry) because he failed to complete his pre-employment obligations which include a physical, drug testing, proof of citizenship, and proof of having a Texas drivers license.”

Price said that two other applicants for the position were close in terms of qualifications, and he expected the council to reconsider their applications at a called meeting on June 4.

In other business, the Mayoral run-off election between Sherrie Williams and Dan Fears was set for June 23, with early voting from June 11 through June 19.

City Secretary Janice Newman said that she had been assured by the County Clerk’s office that voting machines would be available for this election.

In the recent city election, voters approved disposal of the city-owned 136.172 acre tract of land, known as the Wigley property. Price discussed several ways in which the land could be sold.

Council member Lori Shierry told Price, “I was under the impression that we don’t have to sell it (the land) at this time,” and Price replied, “We don’t.” Sherrie Williams said she wasn’t for the land being used for residential development, but rather for business expansion.

When the mayor asked for a decision, the consensus of the council was not to sell the land at this time.

Six options for employee health insurance were explained by the city secretary. The current plan reflects a seven percent increase over last year’s rate.

Newman said a representative from the Texas Municipal League will be coming to Iowa Park to explain the different options to employees.

Employees can choose the option they prefer, and with the city paying a set amount across the board for all employees, Price said it should generate enough savings to possibly generate an across-the-board three percent salary increase.