Council postpones rezoning vote
By Warren Slaughter
Special to the Texan
A zoning change from R-1 Residential to Special Use for zero-line lots was again tabled at the Dalhart City Council’s meeting this past Tuesday, August 25. There have been several residents in the area who have written letters in opposition to this zoning change, which would be in the area of Yucca and Denrock. State law requires that if at least 20 percent of the residents in the affected area oppose the zoning change, then 75 percent of the entire council must vote in favor of the zoning change proposal for it to occur. At Tuesday’s meeting, five of the eight council members were present. For the measure to pass, seven council members (actually 6.75) would need to be present and to vote in favor of the zoning change. A special meeting will be scheduled when more council members can be present to vote on this issue.
The zoning change is being sought by David and Patsi Lowe, who own four lots in the area. The Lowes plan on putting in a paved street at their own expense, which they would give to the city. They also plan on burying utility lines and putting in ADA-compliant sidewalks. The zero line lot rezoning would give them two additional lots, which are proposed for patio homes.
Opponents of the zoning change are concerned that it will increase traffic in the area and take away from the character of the neighborhood.
Council members also conducted a public hearing on the proposed tax rate of 0.3333 per $100 of valuation on taxable property. The rate is the same as last year’s rate, but most people’s actual tax amount will increase due to an increase in the value of their property. No one from the public spoke during the tax rate hearing, and the hearing was closed. No action was taken concerning the tax rate, as this was only a hearing to get the public’s input on the proposed tax rate.
First State Bank, the city’s present depository, was awarded the bid as the city’s depository once again. Councilwoman Lola Barrow, who works for the bank, abstained from voting.
Jay Peeples, Scot Renick and Councilman Chris Bell were appointed to the city’s Economic Development Board.
City Manager Greg Duggan said the council might want to consider an ordinance governing the use of wind turbines in the city limits, and watched a video about smaller scale wind turbines. The city manager said the fire department’s two new trucks had arrived and the fire department got a “good value” on both vehicles.
The city manager also said that Phil Like is putting in some metal buildings on the north side of town, and he is willing to pave one block on Lincoln Street and pay 100 percent of the cost.
Assistant City Manager James Stroud has come up with a way to triple the life of the current landfill, which will result in long-term savings for Dalhartans.
Patsi Lowe commended the city on their recycling efforts.