City votes to annex strip of land
on West Highway
by Dolores Hamilton
A 1.42-acre tract of land on West Highway was formally annexed into the Iowa Park city limits during a meeting of the city council Monday night.
After the owners, Randy Catlin and his sister Tami Ligon, had requested the annexation of the property, two public hearings were held and a service plan prepared. A new business, Rafter J Barbecue, is located on the property.
City Manager Mike Price said information about the annexation would be sent to the U.S. Department of Justice for their approval.
A public hearing was held to determine if a 4-door sedan located at 613 W. Texas qualifies as a junked vehicle and should be abated in accordance with the city’s junked vehicle regulations.
Price told the council that the owner of the vehicle is deceased, and the owner of the property has not responded to notification letters sent by the city in August. The council voted to give the property owner until Tuesday, Nov. 30, to take care of the vehicle. At that time, if it is still there, the city will pick the vehicle up and store it for three months before destroying it.
An ordinance was approved that allows employees of the city who have performed or hereafter perform active service in the military, including reserves and auxiliaries, to utilize their years of service (they must have five or more years of service) to count towards the number of years they must have in order to retire from the city under the Texas Municipal Retirement System.
The quarterly financial report, as of Sept. 30, 2010, which is the close of the city’s fiscal year, was given by the city manager. Price said, at that time, both the General Fund and Water and Sewer Fund were in the red.
“In both the General Fund and Water and Sewer Fund there’s more expenditures than revenue because we took on some projects to where we spent some of our surplus like on the sewer line on 2nd St., water line, (Water and Sewer Fund) and a few other things in the general fund,” he explained. Also, he said part of the shortfall in the Water and Sewer Fund was the result of above normal rainfall and not getting water sales that were expected.
In other business, the council agreed to hold the annual goals planning session and workshop in January instead of June to discuss issues that need to be taken care of. The date of the workshop was set for January 29.
Another workshop to go over a preliminary draft of proposed changes to the city’s Code of Ordinances will be held on either the first or third Monday in January.
Other action included approval of a waiver of the city’s solicitation ordinance to allow the volunteer fire department to solicit donations for its “Kidz Christmas” program on Saturday. They will be located at Yosemite and West Highway and Johnson Road and West Highway.
Jeff Watts was re-appointed to serve as the city/school representative on the Wichita Appraisal District’s Board of Directors.
At the beginning of the meeting, Reserve Patrol Officers Mike Williams and Kristian Valdez were sworn in by Mayor Joe Ward.