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Council plays “the heavy” in property issues

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By Warren Slaughter
Special to the Texan

    The Dalhart City Council had some tough decisions to make in regard to real property at Tuesday’s meeting. After conducting a public hearing, council members voted four against and two for Ordinance 2009-17, which would have changed the zoning on a lot located at 1122 Channing from R-3 to Special Use for the purpose of placing a manufactured home. Voting for the ordinance were Chris Bell and Mark Brown. Voting against the ordinance were Kerry Miller, Lola Barrow, Philip Hass, and Zelda Lang. Council members said they have received calls from residents in the area who expressed concerns that the lot would fall into a state of disrepair like other lots in the neighborhood that have manufactured housing on them. Also, the property was going to be rented to the person who wanted to place the manufactured home on it. There were fears on the council that if the person who had rented the lot moved out, the owner would place a less desirable manufactured home on the lot.

    A public hearing was then conducted concerning the abatement of a manufactured home at 1105 Omaha. Code Enforcement Officer Nick Martinez distributed photos of the property to the council and said that the home was placed there illegally. He had contacted the property owner, and it was supposed to have been removed from the property by the end of May. Other contact with the property owner has brought no response, Martinez said, even a certified letter which had been signed for by the property owner. Council received the information and the hearing was closed.

    Council members conducted a public hearing for the abatement of a manufactured home at 504 Oak.

    “I’ve driven by there and it’s bad, bad,” Councilwoman Zelda Lang said.

    Code Enforcement Officer Martinez distributed photos of this property as well. The council received the information and closed the hearing.

    The council passed Ordinance 2009-18, which declares the detached garage at 521 Olive a public nuisance and calls for its abatement.

    A no parking zone was declared on the north side of the 500 block of East Eighth Street. The no parking zone will be about 170 feet in length, from the intersection of Oak and Eighth Street, east to the alley. This action will improve the safety for intermediate school students as a fenced playground has been built on the vacant lot in the area. The hours for the no-parking zone will be from 7:45 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. Monday through Friday, excluding school holidays. Also, parking on the south side of Eighth Street will be changed from head-in parking to parallel parking.

    The council discussed paving on Aspen Street. The council also passed a motion that would lower the interest rates charged to residents who want to pay out their cost of the paving over five years from seven percent to three and a half percent. It is hoped that this move will increase participation in the paving project.

    Bids for a depository of city funds will be opened at 10:00 a.m. on August 14. The council approved a three-year contract with Gaskill, Pharis & Pharis to conduct the city audit for 2009, 2010 and 2011.

    Council members elected Lola Barrow as Mayor Pro Tem, and then conducted a budget workshop.

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