City recognized by Army
By Warren Slaughter, Special to the Texan
The City of Dalhart was recognized for the support they have given soldiers and their families from the 41st Fires Brigade of Fort Hood, Texas, during their Tour of Duty in Operation Iraqi Freedom. Dick Knight, who attended the appreciation banquet at the army base located near Killeen, returned with a framed certificate signed by Col. Francey, the base commander, and a framed U.S. flag that had flown over Operation Base Delta in Al Kut, Iraq. He presented the items to the Dalhart City Council at their meeting on Tuesday, October 13.
Mr. Knight said that a delegation of enlisted soldiers and officers from Fort Hood has been coming to Dalhart for a number of years for the Veteran’s Day Parade that the XIT Rangers has been organizing. Mr. Knight also took the opportunity to invite the council to the parade, and said any businesses that wanted to have a float in the parade is welcome. Soldiers from Fort Hood will again be here for this year’s parade.
The council held a public hearing on amendments to the 2009 budget. No one from the public spoke at the hearing and it was closed. Council members then approved Ordinance 2009-28, which authorized the amendments to the budget.
The first reading of Ordinance 2009-27, which would change the zoning at 310 Osceola from R-3 Residential to Special Use for placement of a manufactured home, was held. The next step will be a public hearing and second reading of the ordinance.
Council members discussed the lapse of an extension granted to Calvin Robertson to bring a manufactured home up to specifications. Mr. Robertson and his wife appeared at the council meeting. Mr. Robertson still lacks installing a portion of the skirting and painting to bring the home into compliance. He must have these items completed by the next regular council meeting on October 27 or he will be found in violation of zoning ordinances.
A resolution making City Manager Greg Duggan and Assistant City Manager James Stroud representatives of the city for a solid waste grant was approved. The grant money would be used to purchase additional dumpsters for the city.
The council approved an inter-local agreement with the Texas Municipal League for health insurance and worker’s compensation insurance. They also approved Ordinance 2009-29, which ratifies a rate agreement with Atmos Energy and embeds the franchise fee in the agreement. The fee is set at 5 percent.
Council members approved current city fiscal policies and will have them reviewed annually. They also nominated Gene Rahll and Dean Graham as the city’s representatives on the Hartley County Appraisal District Board.