Council to explore land purchase
for park expansion
by Dolores Hamilton
At a called meeting on Friday, the Iowa Park City Council authorized the City Manager and Economic Development Director to negotiate purchasing property for park expansion.
City Manager Jerry Flemming told the Leader that an agent for the property owner had indicated that his client was interested in selling a piece of property to the city, which happens to be adjacent to an existing city park. The information was presented to the city council in closed executive session.
“The council considered that very generic offer at this point in time with no specific details on there and authorized the City Manager and Economics Development Director to meet with the property owner and negotiate terms for what may become a potential deal in the future,” Flemming said. “At this point there’s nothing really on the table. It may die before it gets back to city council, or council may make an offer that will be accepted.”
After the second executive session of the evening, which lasted almost two and a half hours, no action was taken by the council. The session was for the purpose of deliberating the appointment, employment, evaluation, reassignment, duties, discipline, or dismissal of a public officer or employee.
Mayor Ray Schultz made the following statement: “The CIty of Iowa Park, the six of us up here, this is like our family. We need to take care of our family, take care of our employees, take care of our citizens. When citizens come and complain there are steps that need to be taken. We would hope that we have subordinate supervisors and department heads that would take care of things before it gets to us. I think we do.
“I think there are a few people out there that try to undermine things that we do, that the city manager does, and the department heads. With that being said, I think the six of us have the utmost trust and we have the faith in our employees to do what is right. There is no reason for us to think that there is anything that’s going to happen where we need to be out there constantly observing everybody work, doing their jobs, or anybody should be in fear of their jobs because we may happen to drive by someplace or we happen to stop to check on them.”