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Council paves the way for homecoming dance

by Dolores Hamilton
A new event is in the works to be added to the IPHS homecoming celebration this year. Monday night the Iowa Park City Council approved a request from Chi Chi Price and Sally Harlow with Doorway to Gourmet to close the 100 block of West Park Ave. from 8 to 11 p.m. on Saturday, Sept. 29 for a Homecoming Street Dance.
City Manager Jerry Flemming said the dance would not interfere with the other events during homecoming weekend.
Dale Williams spoke to the council about the over population of geese at Gordon Lake and the problems they are causing at his home near the lake. “They are not just a nuisance, but a health hazard,” he said. “They eat the grass and leave droppings in the grass and on the driveway.” Williams said he isn’t the only one in that area upset about it.
Parks and Recreation Director Jason Griffin said one option would be to work with the USDA Wildlife Services. They say Canada Geese and wild Mallards and migratory birds are protected by federal law and require a federal depredation permit to kill or capture them.
Other options were discussed and Griffin said he would get more information and report back at the next meeting.
An ordinance was passed implementing temporary restrictions for the use of combustible materials in an outdoor environment in the city limits and establishing penalties for violators.
The council had previously approved a waiver of the fireworks ordinance for Hawk Explosion on Aug. 18, but the school district has been notified that fireworks will not be allowed unless the outdoor burn ban is lifted prior to that date.
Council members approved the proposed tax rate of $0.76, the same as last year, and public hearings will be held on Aug. 27 and Sept. 17. The third budget workshop, scheduled for Aug. 20, was cancelled.
The city manager was authorized to spend up to $12,375 to rebuild the asphalt driveway between city hall and the police department.
The Hotter-N-Hell Hundred Bicycle Ride was given permission to use City Hall Park as the first rest stop for their annual ride on Saturday, Aug. 25.
Council accepted the resignation of Randy Gibson from the Iowa Park Economic Development (4A) Corporation’s board of directors.