Council changes meeting time
By Warren Slaughter
Meetings for the Dalhart City Council will start an hour and a half earlier from now on. Council members voted at their Tuesday, June 9 meeting to change the time from 7:30 p.m. to 6:00 p.m. The council also voted to raise the pay rate for council members from $6.00 per meeting to $10.00 per meeting, and to raise the mayor’s pay rate from $75 per meeting to $100 per meeting. The increases are allowed under the town charter. The pay rates for the mayor and council members have not been raised for over 20 years. It was also noted that several council members donate their earnings from the city to the cemetery fund or the scholarship funds.
The council approved Ordinance 2009-16, calling for the adoption of an emergency water demand management plan. Assistant City Manager James Stroud said that all cities that have more than 3,000 taps are required to adopt an emergency water demand management plan. He added that an existing plan the city has would suffice after it has been updated.
The first reading of Ordinance 2009-17, a recommendation by the Planning and Zoning Commission, was conducted. The ordinance calls for rezoning of land located at 1122 Channing from R-3 Residential to Special Use zoning for the purpose of placing a manufactured home on the lot. Councilman Phillip Hass, who also serves on the Planning and Zoning Commission, said that one member of the commission voted against the zoning change because he felt the home that is going to be moved in did not meet the current guidelines. Council members discussed this item at length, but no action was taken as this was the first reading of the ordinance.
Kristine Olsen of the Dalhart Area Chamber of Commerce requested permission to place an information board at Veterans Memorial Park. She noted that a number of travelers stop at the park to picnic or just to get out of the car for awhile. The information board will list current activities as well as food and lodging establishments that Dalhart has to offer. The council granted permission for the installation of the information board.
City Manager Greg Duggan wanted council members to be aware that census workers have begun doing pre-census work, such as verifying addresses, for the 2010 census. He also said that the city has applied for a community development grant to get assistance in getting the north side of Dalhart paved. The proposal scored 109.75 out of a possible score of 110.