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City Coucil continues cleanup efforts

by Dolores Hamilton
After meeting in closed session with the city attorney Monday night to discuss possible litigation in regard to properties on East Highway and South Jackson, the Iowa Park City Council reconvened in open session and approved a motion for the city staff to move forward in an attempt to resolve the situations.
In the public hearing for a substandard structure on E. Garden, the owner asked the council what he needs to do and how much time he has to do it. Councilwoman Lori Shierry asked the Code Enforcement Officer Greg Polly if he had talked to the owner. Polly said no, that he was sent a letter. During the hearing he told the owner what needed to be done to the structure to be in compliance and the council gave him 45 days to finish.
Shierry said, “I think we should try to make contact with these people before we have them in front of the council.” Polly replied that he has been doing things like they have always been done, but if the council wanted to change anything to let him know.
In the next hearing on a substandard structure on E. Pasadena, council was told that the owner was taking care of it, and action was tabled.
The city staff was instructed to add a phone number to the letters sent out so the property owners can contact the city prior to being put on the council’s agenda, and if the work is not done, add it to the next agenda.
Three ordinances for Reinvestment Zones were amended by the council to provide a name for each one. State law says each reinvestment zone must be assigned a name for identification.
Iowa Park has three reinvestment zones and the amended ordinances have assigned the names “Reinvestment Zone No. 1, No. 2, and No. 3” of the City of Iowa Park, Texas,
The bid from Gene James Air Conditioning and Heating for $10,780.45 to replace the condenser and air handler for the second story of Tom Burnett Memorial Library was approved.
The council will meet in special session at 6 p.m. Monday for a workshop to discuss parks, swimming pool, special events and the library.
Grand opening for the new Iowa Park Animal Control facility was set for Saturday, July 14, from 10:30 a.m. - 12-noon.