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Downtown buildings donated to the city

by Dolores Hamilton
Former residents, Tommy and Glenda Key, have donated property in downtown Iowa Park, appraised at $150,000, to the City of Iowa Park.
Donation of the property at 105, 107, and 109 West Cash was accepted by the Iowa Park City Council after meeting in closed session Monday night.
The city will pay the closing costs, reimburse Key $800 for appraisal costs, and pay the taxes for 2016.
The city will continue to lease the property at 105 W. Cash to Edward D. Jones, and the city’s Office of Economic Development will occupy 107 W. Cash.
The search to find a new location for the economic development building began in early June. Heavy rains brought to light the extensive damage that had been going on since the current building was constructed in 1988. The estimated cost of repairs was high and, instead of putting additional money into the building, the council members thought it would be better to build a new building or see if other buildings in the downtown area could be used for the economic development office.
The council spent several weeks looking at buildings that might be suitable and were notified by Key that he wanted to donate the property on Cash St. to the city. An agreement was drawn up and it was approved by the council Monday night.
After the closing date in late October, the city will begin moving the economic development office into its new quarters.
In other business, James H. Pappas asked the council to consider an exception to the city’s Code of Ordinances that deals with residency restrictions for sex offenders. The ordinance prohibits a convicted sex offender from residing within 1,000 feet of a school, child-care facility, or park.
Pappas’ son, James R. Pappas, is a graduate of Iowa Park High School and Midwestern State University, and had taught in several area schools before moving to Minnesota. He was convicted of having child pornography in Minnesota six years ago.
Pappas is 83 years old and his wife is 81. He said the reason for the request for a waiver is so his son could stay here and take care of them. Their home is 550 feet from Kidwell Elementary, and 150 feet from a registered child-care facility.
Council member Sherrie Williams told him, “I sympathize with your situation, but I cannot support it.” She explained that state law doesn’t allow exceptions. Pappas told her that he didn’t realize there wasn’t a possibility of a waiver, and his being there was a waste of time. “If there was no chance of exception to the rule, it’s foolish to be here,” he said.
A request by representatives from Iowa Park High School to have a bonfire on school property on Sept. 8 in conjunction with homecoming activities was approved. The bonfire will be located off the west parking lot.
Richard Allmon with Air Evac spoke to the council on the new Air Evac membership program that would cover everyone living in the City of Iowa Park. The council asked him to get the hard numbers from the corporate office to determine how much it would take for coverage for Iowa Park, and bring the information back.
The council approved the use of city water, electricity, and manpower for a Labor Day sand volleyball tournament on Sept. 4.
The city’s Code of Ordinances was amended to delete Section 1.10.102 because it is redundant and confusing. Section 1.10.033, concerning hunting at parks, remains in effect, and shotgun and bow hunting for taking game birds during season at Lake Iowa Park is authorized.
After looking at copies of the new service agreement between the city and the Iowa Park Chamber of Commerce, Keith Dyer said he wanted to compare the agreement with the previous one, and the matter was tabled until the council has had time to study the two agreements.
During the budget workshop, Flemming led the council through changes made in the budget that had been requested by the council members. The first public hearing on the budget and tax rate will be held Monday.