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Council seeks proposals for animal reclaim center

by Dolores Hamilton
During their regular meeting on Monday the Iowa Park City Council authorized City Manager Jerry Flemming to solicit proposals for the design and construction of the animal reclaim center.

The Community Development Corporation (4B) has agreed to pay the annual debt on a loan for construction of the facility if the project is approved by the city council. The 2,000 sq. ft. structure would be located on city property on FM 368, north of the street department barn, and have a minimum of 16 indoor/outdoor kennels.

In other business, two bids were received for a lease of grazing rights on pastureland at Lake Buffalo. The bid of Wayne Chitwood was accepted, and he will pay $9,000 a year for the lease.

After a public hearing on a 1972 Chevy 2-door sedan located at 310 W. Lafayette, it was determined the vehicle should be abated in accordance with the junked vehicle regulations in the city’s Code of Ordinances. The owner was given 45 days to comply.

After another public hearing the council agreed that the 1995 Chevrolet 4-door sedan located at 520 W. Alameda should be abated and the owner was given 45 days to take care of it.

A resolution was passed to return all properties and assets of the WIchita County Water Control and Improvement District #3 to the City of Iowa Park.

The Wichita County Water Control District #3 was created in 1949 and abolished in 1973. It was situated wholly in the city limits of Iowa Park.

Several properties including and surrounding the North Fork Buffalo Creek Reservoir were still deeded to the water district. “The resolution will formalize the fact that those properties are now owned by the City of Iowa Park and are no longer owned by Wichita County Water District #3,” Flemming told the council members.

Another resolution was passed amending the city’s investment policy and affirming its approval. The Public Funds Investment Act requires the council members to review and reaffirm their approval of the investment policy annually.

Flemming gave the quarterly financial report.