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Council seeks scaled-down option
for reclaim center

Iowa Park City Council voted to table action on bids received for an animal facility during Monday’s regular meeting in order for City Manager Jerry Flemming to discuss a scaled-down version with ProFab Welding and Construction, Inc. of Electra, with its lone bid for the entire project estimated at $298,960.
After soliciting bids for construction of the facility in May, a pre-bid meeting was held June 15 at city hall with nine vendors attending. According to Flemming, two bids were received in addition to ProFab, with Tex-oma Builders Supply Company of Wichita Falls estimating $13,661 for doors only, and Falls Concrete of Wichita Falls estimating $16,000 for concrete slab only.
City staff met with representatives of ProFab in an effort to provide scaled-down options and bring the total cost down. Council tabled further action, instructing Flemming to continue negotiations with the company. Mayor Pro tem Sherrie Williams also requested a line item bid in order to view the entire nature of the proposal.
Scot Davis of the Iowa Park Athletic Booster Club met with council requesting a waiver of the fireworks ordinance for Hawk Explosion Aug. 13 at the Iowa Park High School campus. It was noted council has traditionally approved similar requests in the past, with the exception of the period of water restrictions during the drought.
Council approved the waiver.
Danny Martinez asked council to grant a variance from the distance regulations set forth in Section 4.07.003 (a) of the Code of Ordinances for engaging in the sale of alcoholic beverages at 803 SW Access Road.
Martinez told council members he is planning on opening a restaurant at the location. It was noted the alcohol sales ordinance determines that “a person may not sell or engage in the business of selling an alcoholic beverage at a place of business located within 300 feet from ... a public school,” with distance determined from property line to property line.
The proposed business location is 240 feet from the property line of Kidwell Elementary, with one property located between the school and business location.
After discussion, council approved the waiver.
Herbert Jentsch appeared before council with initial plans to request maintenance of the boat dock at Lake Buffalo. However, Jentsch instead complained about water quality at the lake, indicating that fertilizers have been applied by aircraft and the water quality is not suitable for recreation.
Council took no action.
In other business, the city council voted to retain the two mud volleyball pits constructed at Gordon Lake for the recent Iowa Park Pig Pen Mud Volleyball Tournament, to be used for future events by city staff and various other groups requesting access.
Flemming also discussed progress on a strategic plan initially developed in 2015 for the city, asking council members to review the plan and offer comments or suggestions before taking final action.
Following a closed executive session, the city council returned to open session and made a motion for Flemming to advertise bids for three residential properties and one commercial property.
The commercial property is located at the corner of FM 368 and James Drive, and will contain a minimum bid amount of $10,000.
Two of the residential properties are located at Jefferson St., and the third on Washington St.
Council also instructed Flemming to continue pursuing options for an Economic Development office.