Council looking for new city logo
By Dolores Hamilton
A new city logo, and what Iowa Park residents consider the greatest needs in local parks and recreation, were the main topics of discussion during Monday’s city council meeting.
City Manager Mike Price said last year the city had a contest but failed to come up with a new logo. He added that if the council wanted to hire a professional firm to do the work, they might get it done for under $1,000. “The best way to do that would be to ask for proposals where they are submitting some of their work,” Price suggested. “Whoever the council selects will have to come out here to hear what the council and staff and maybe even citizens who want to come to that meeting have to say and what they think should be a perception about Iowa Park.”
The council voted unanimously to authorize the city manager to advertise for sealed proposals. The proposals will be accepted until 10 a.m. on July 31.
The need to conduct a new parks and recreation needs survey to be used in an update of the city’s Parks Master Plan was discussed.
At a previous meeting the council had talked about having a park improvement project ready when Texas Parks and Wildlife has funds available for their grant program.
Price told the council that he and the city staff had begun putting together a list of what they need to do to make the application ready to go. “One of the things we found is that it has been over five years since the last time our Parks and Recreation Master Plan was approved,” he said. “This has got to be in there (the application). We need to have a survey based on what the citizens feel are the needs of the community.”
Price added that the last time a survey was conducted, 318 were turned in. “I’d like to have at least 500 this time,” he said.
The council discussed ways to get the surveys out. One suggestion is to mail them out in an envelope with the August water bills. Another way is to also run a copy of the survey in the Leader. Price said he and Parks Supervisor Robbie Matthews could visit clubs and organizations to talk about the survey and ask members to fill them out. They could be returned to city hall or left at different drop locations in town.
Members of the council were asked to look over the survey questions to see if they had some to add or changes to make in the existing ones.
During a public hearing in which the manufactured-type residential structures at 802 S. Bond St. were determined to be substandard, the owner, who wasn’t present, was given 47 days to abate the problem or city workers would remove the structures and all debris on the property and seek payment from the owner or owners.