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City Council handles lengthy agenda

by Dolores Hamilton
Monday night’s meeting of the Iowa Park City Council was a long one as they listened to requests of citizens, dealt with routine city business, were given details of an accident in which a police patrol unit was totaled, and capped off by an hour-long closed session.
Keith Fisher, owner of K&K Foods on Johnson Rd. had asked the city to repair the pavement on property he had signed over to the city 10 or 12 years ago. He was told there is no record of any city property at that location, except for the alley.
Monday night, Fisher asked the city to donate the property back to him so he can maintain it. He said that he, the city secretary and city attorney had looked everywhere and can’t find copies of the paperwork.
City Manager Jerry Flemming said according to records at the Wichita Appraisal District, the property owned by Fisher abuts state highway right-of-way on the north and west sides. “Normal maintenance is usually on property owners even though the property crosses over state or city rights-of-way,” he said.
Fisher said he was willing to have a survey done, and the council agreed to pay for half of the survey to determine who owns the property.
Next to address the council was David White who asked them to consider paying for a drainage system to stop the erosion to his property caused by runoff from the Iowa Park Clinic property.
Originally there had been an agreement between the clinic and the city that there would be a retention pond to catch the runoff from the facility. However, the third expansion of the clinic did away with the retention pond and caused the drainage to go onto White’s and David Parkey’s property. This caused gullies across the property and silt filled in a 12-foot deep pond, built by White, to keep drainage off of Texas St.
White said he feels because the city accepted the plans that did away with the retention pond that had previously been agreed on, the city should be responsible for correcting the runoff problem.
Council voted to table the request until they could do further research.
Library Director Amie Schultz was given permission to close Tom Burnett Memorial Library on Monday, Dec. 5, and Tuesday, Dec. 6, in order to host Santa’s Castle.
Council discussed what to do with a police vehicle that collided with a stationary object, Dec. 9 on West Highway. The repairs are estimated at $8,436 which exceeds the value of the vehicle.
Councilman Keith Dyer asked Fleming, “Do we want to make public the details on how this unit got wrecked?” Flemming told him that it is public information, and Dyer replied, “I think it’s a big enough deal the town ought to know about it.”
In response Flemming gave the details, “We had a call for back up in the police department and we had a sergeant who was responding to that call. He went over the posted speed limit significantly, he did not use his lights or siren, he lost control of the vehicle and flew off the road and hit a bar over by the ATM machine on West Highway.”
The DPS investigated, and the car camera estimated the speed at 89 mph. This happened around 10 p.m. in the area around Dollar General, Sonic and the carwash.
“This was poor judgment in my estimation,” said Dyer, “and I have a feeling most of the people on this council were pretty disappointed.”
The council voted to salvage usable equipment from the vehicle and then junk it.
They also approved the lease/purchase of three 2017 Ford police interceptor utility vehicles for a payment of $36,261 a year for three years. The lease/purchase is included in this year’s budget. After three years the city has the option to buy them for around $8,000 each.
Flemming told the council that the majority of those responding to the the Air Evac public input survey opposed the proposal.
The report from the Texas Commission on Environmental Quality on dam safety inspections said the city’s three dams were in overall fair condition.
Due to the levels of mold found in one of the buildings that were recently donated to the city, cost estimates were solicited for mold remediation. Four bids were received and the council approved the bid from BioPure for $10,471.72.
Council discussed compliance with the Fair Labor Standards Act, and tabled action until the Nov. 14 meeting.
The council learned that Bobby Bounds would not be sponsoring a fireworks display at Gordon Lake this year, and discussed if the city should sponsor it this year. This was tabled until more information is available.
Flemming gave a report on the city’s current financial condition, saying the city ended the year strong.
No action was taken following a closed session for evaluation of the city manager.