Council hears report on clean-up progress
By Warren Slaughter, Special to the Texan
Members of the Dalhart City Council heard from Harold Wilkinson at their Tuesday, November 24 meeting about his efforts to bring his Channing Street properties into compliance with city ordinances. He has been making some progress in cleaning up the area, and he is not receiving any new salvage material. He asked the council for more time in continuing his clean-up efforts.
“This is going to go on forever,” Councilwoman Zelda Lang cautioned. “It’s got to stop sometime.”
“Two things have happened,” Mayor Kevin Caddell said to Mr. Wilkinson. “You don’t have any more (salvage material) coming in, and you have made some progress in cleaning up the property.”
“It would be nice to not have to deal with this in the next six months,” Councilwoman Lola Barrow observed.
Action on this item was tabled until the December 22 council meeting to see if any more progress has been made on cleaning up the property.
City employees Josh Garcia and Anthony Encinias were recognized by the Council for obtaining their Class D water operator licenses. They were also given a one-time bonus from the city for this accomplishment.
The council passed the first reading on Ordinance 2009-32, as recommended by the Planning and Zoning Commission. The ordinance would zone the property at 105 North Norman as special use for the placement of a manufactured home. A public hearing and the second reading will be held on the ordinance at a future council meeting.
Council members passed Ordinance 2009-31, which was a budget amendment for the STEP grant the city received which allowed them to perform much-needed work on the city’s water system. They also appointed Boyd Barrow to fill the unexpired term of Mark Hanbury on the Planning and Zoning Commission.
The council received a list of nominees for the Dallam County Appraisal District Board. The council did not make any new nominations.
Assistant City Manager James Stroud said they received a final review on the STEP grant, and the reviewer said they did an excellent job.
City Attorney Greg Oelke offered further legal advice on dealing with situations like the Wilkinson property and outlined further options for the council to consider.