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City seeks solution to northside zoning violation

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By Warren Slaughter

Special to the Texan

    Members of the Dalhart City Council met at the regular meeting on Tuesday, October 27, with a local property owner concerning violations of city zoning ordinances. The property is owned by Harold Wilkinson and is located in the 900 block of Channing Street. Mr. Wilkinson has been operating a scrap yard business there for several years. Nick Martinez, Code Enforcement Officer for the city, distributed copies of certified mail sent to Mr. Wilkinson, as well as photos of the property.

    “It’s not fair to that neighborhood,” Councilwoman Lola Barrow said about the scrap yard, saying that she has had complaints about it from neighbors in that area.

    A number of neighbors were present to speak on Mr. Wilkinson’s behalf. Some of the neighbors wondered if the scrap yard could be “grandfathered in” because of the length of time that it has been in operation.

    “If things are continually brought in, it can’t be grandfathered,” City Attorney Greg Oelke said. “You can’t have a junkyard in the middle of a residential neighborhood.”

    Mayor Kevin Caddell suggested that the council consider this item and come up with a plan by the November 24 meeting.

    In another zoning matter, the council learned that Calvin Robertson is now in compliance with the zoning requirements for his manufactured home.

    The council also called for bids to purchase two police cars. The bids will be opened on November 9 at 10:00 a.m.

    Resolution 2009-08 was approved by the council. This resolution approves applying for stimulus funds from the State Energy Conservation Office, and designates City Manager Greg Duggan as the authorized representative in executing documents relating to this matter.

    Council members also approved the quarterly investment reports and heard comments from city employees and the public.

    City Manger Duggan said that a fence to keep hunters and motorcycle riders away from houses in the area had been vandalized. If the vandalism continues, hunting and motorcycle riding could be banned in the area. Also, the Frisbee golf course at Rita Blanca Park is now operational, the city manager said.

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