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New mayor receives oath of office

by Dolores Hamilton
Dan Fears assumed the duties of mayor, and Sherrie Williams was selected to continue in her role as mayor pro tem, after the Iowa Park City Council meeting got underway Monday night.

After taking the oath of office, Fears presented outgoing Mayor Joe Ward with a plaque and proclaimed Wednesday, July 27, as Joe Ward Day in Iowa Park. “The city staff, Mike, Janice and the rest have made my job very easy, and I do appreciate you folks,” Ward said. “Anything I can do in the future to help, I’ll be glad to do, but don’t bother me too often,” he continued, drawing laughter from the council members and the audience.

Fears asked the approval of council members for Williams to continue as mayor pro tem. “I think that would be a good fit for Iowa Park for her to continue in that role,” he said. The council unanimously approved her appointment.

In the hearings to consider abatement of four junked vehicles, City Manager Mike Price told the council that the owners of two of the vehicles had taken care of the problem. The council approved resolutions giving owners of the Oldsmobile at 907 Park Plaza and the 1993 Lexus at 522 W. Alameda 45 days to abate the vehicles.

An additional public hearing was held to give the public an opportunity to discuss and ask questions about the city’s Drinking Water Quality Report for 2011. As required by the state, the city will mail the report out to all water customers before the end of the week.

The council approved advertising for bids for the city’s auditing services. Price said the last audit ended a five-year contract with Edgin, Parkman, Fleming & Fleming, and it was time to advertise for a new five-year contract. Proposals will be accepted until July 17.

City Librarian Amie Schultz talked to the council about a proposal for Tom Burnett Memorial Library to host an outdoor film festival in August, 2013, and also to show movies, indoors and outdoors, at the library.

She said the film festival would be open to anyone interested in making their own move and have it shown at the event. There would be guidelines to follow such as only PG content and the movies would be previewed before the event.

To stay within copyright laws, Schultz said a licensing fee of $150 to $350 is required. Her proposal for this year is to pay a $200 fee to show a film outside on the grounds of the library in August as a back to school event. Next year, she said she would write a grant for money to show films outdoors in May, June and July, and also include the cost of a blanket license which would allow them to show any of the movies owned by the library, indoors at any time, for one year.

A report was given on the fiber optics installation project in Iowa Park being funded by the Rural Utilities Service Telecommunications Program, a part of the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act stimulus projects. Price said the project should be finished by September, 2015.


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