Council hears fund requests
By Warren Slaughter
Representatives from several community entities appeared before the Dalhart City Council Tuesday to request funds from the city’s Community Development Fund. The source of revenue for this fund comes from the voluntary $1.00 charge that is added to residents’ water bills.
The Dalhart Chamber of Commerce requested the funds for the Fourth of July fireworks celebration, the Fiddlers’ Contest during XIT, the Downtown Block Party, and the Festival of Lights. In total, the Chamber was requesting $27,000 for these projects.
Keep Dalhart Beautiful requested $1,150 to plant and maintain flower pots around town and planters at Veterans Memorial Park and at the Seventh Street – Highway 87 intersection.
XIT Rodeo and Reunion requested $6,225. The funds would be used to refurbish two concession trailers, purchase a new compressor for the walk-in refrigerator at the bean barn, and repair the restrooms at the bean barn. Other local organizations make use of the bean barn and the concession trailers, the representative for XIT said.
The XIT Rangers were requesting $200 for their annual Easter Egg Hunt that they put on for the kids, and $1,500 for the Veteran’s Day Parade. This year, the Rangers put out 600 to 800 eggs, and had over 100 children participate in the hunt.
Community Education (Community Connect) requested $6,000 for various education and enrichment programs.
Mayor Kevin Caddell appointed a committee from the council consisting of Kerry Miller, Jim Chandler and David Bierbaum. This committee will study the funding requests and make recommendations to the council at their next regular meeting.
The roads at Dalhart Municipal Airport will get seal coated. The council approved accepting a matching grant from TxDOT and appointed City Manager Greg Duggan as the city’s representative for the grant. The project is expected to cost around $25,000. Half of the money will come from the grant, and the other half will come from the city’s Airport Fund.
Council members also approved Ordinance 2009-12, a tariff increase requested by Atmos Energy. The company has not raised natural gas rates since 1986. The rates are negotiated with the Amarillo Group, of which Dalhart is a member. This larger group should be able to negotiate a more favorable rate for consumers than a smaller group.
Fire Chief Curtis Brown and Police Chief Tom Sanford requested that the council consider taking emergency management preparedness classes. Both of these departments are missing out on grant opportunities because of the lack of training. The concept is to establish the same emergency management protocols that are used in other cities across the nation.
Mayor Kevin Caddell said that with the high winds over the past few weeks, the council might want to consider a wind erosion ordinance.
City Superintendent James Stroud had some good news to share with the council. He said that Dalhart is recycling more than any city in the area except for Amarillo.