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Dyer selected to fill late husband's
city council seat

by Dolores Hamilton
Iowa Park City Council members have had a busy week, meeting in special session on Thursday and again on Monday for their regular meeting.
On Thursday, the council selected Deborah Dyer to fill Place 3, that had been occupied by her late husband Keith, until the May 6 city elections. She has also filed as a candidate to run for that seat.
Council also accepted the resignation of Parks and Recreation Director Robbie Matthews and authorized City Manager Jerry Flemming to solicit applications for the position.
At the regular meeting on Monday, Dyer was administered the oath of office and took her seat on Place 3. The oath of office was also given to the new City Attorney Tracey Jennings, and Police Officer Derek Vann.
Jacen and LeAnn Scharbrough asked the council to de-annex their property, a 42.09-acre tract at 1980 Johnson Rd.
The Scharbrough’s property was part of an 80-acre tract purchased in 2000 to develop a gated subdivision and was later annexed into the city.
According to Flemming, the city annexed the tract of land in 2002 and at that time it was to be developed into a residential sub-division, and that never happened. “The property has since been sub-divided into two 40-acre tracts, although the re-plat has never come before the city that we’re aware of,” he said. Council member Lori Shierry said “If the re-plat has not been approved, we would have to de-annex the whole 80 acres.”
The Scharbroughs said they had not been able to contact the owner of the other 40 acres. They said it would be a financial burden to them and the city to install sewer services that would require a lift station.
Council voted to table the request until they had time to check on the re-plat and confer with their attorney.
A public hearing was held to consider the adoption of an ordinance authorizing the city’s participation in the Texas Enterprise Zone Program, and nominating Cryovac as an Enterprise Project.
Representatives from Cryovac spoke to the council about the plant’s involvement in the community over the past 40 years. “We’ve had a really great partnership with members of this community as well as members of the council,” said Plant Manager Donald Hebert.
Cryovac is a wholly owned subsidiary of Sealed Air Corporation. They are proposing an investment of $6-million at its Iowa Park facility over the next five years, which is expected to create four positions and aid in the retention of existing positions.
Council unanimously approved the ordinance authorizing the city’s participation in the Texas Enterprise Zone Program.
In a public hearing to determine whether the mobile home at 311 W. Crystal should be declared a “Substandard Structure” and abated, Flemming said the vacant house had burned down on Sunday. “It is just a pile of debris, and there will be an arson investigation,” he added.
Council voted to abate the burned structure and gave the owner 45 days, starting at the end of the investigation, to clean it up.
In another public hearing the council ordered the abatement of a 1984 Chevy K10 LL located at 310 W. Lafayette.
A resolution was passed in support of RRAH Hawks Senior, LP regarding the Hawks Senior Village Apartment with a proposed location at 1218 Jackson. The resolution also authorizes a local economic contribution toward the affordable rental housing development and authorizes submission of an application for the 2017 Competitive 9% Housing Tax Credit Program.
Iowa Park Friendly Door was given permission to hold a fundraiser at Oscar Park/Lake Gordon and close the unnamed road within the park and permission to close a portion of North Jackson up to 30 minutes for a 5K run for “March for Meals”, on March 25.
Council voted to re-appoint Glenn Barham to the Wichita-Wilbarger 9-1-1 District Board of Directors.