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Making use of city's water resources

by Dolores Hamilton
Iowa Park City Manager Mike Price was given the go-ahead Monday to secure funding and engineering services for the wastewater reuse project.

The project was discussed in detail with Kerry Maroney of Biggs & Mathews at the Nov. 11 meeting of the city council.

The council is looking for ways to reuse thousands of gallons of affluent water that is now being discharged into Buffalo Creek, located south of town. They asked Biggs & Mathews to do a study and the firm came up with three options.

At that time, the council tabled taking action until the city manager had a chance to talk about the options with representatives at Sealed Air-Cryovac.

At Monday’s meeting, Price said he had met with Cryovac officials about the study and they were comfortable with it. “This would replace the potable water they are using in their boilers and chillers and that amounts to about 80 percent of the water they use,” he said.

The council favors Option 1 that would cost an estimated $860,000. Price said, “Option 1 is going to serve two to three customers, and Cryovac would be the primary customer and the others would be IESI and Texas Energy Corporation.”

Price is going to meet with the directors of the city’s 4A and 4B corporations to ask their help with the funding.

A public hearing was held to determine if a residential structure at 509 E. Washington should be declared substandard and abated. Price said the structure is one of several properties that came to the city through a sheriff’s sale. Since the property is in the city limits, the city is the trustee for the three taxing authorities that have jurisdiction.

After viewing photographs of the structure, the council agreed that it needs to be torn down. Letters will be sent to the county judge and school board president informing them of the action.

After the next public hearing, the council voted to abate the 1991 Honda at 211 W. Emerald after finding it to be a junked vehicle as outlined in the city’s Code of Ordinances.

The council agreed to the city conducting a public auction to dispose of surplus items including real property currently held by the city for the three taxing authorities within Iowa Park. The sale will be held on January 17.

Approving the list of streets to be worked on during the coming year was tabled until the council has more time to study them. Price said he would like to have a completed list by Christmas.

January 18 was the date set for the council’s annual retreat, but a location has not yet been decided.