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Council opens bids for paving, water tower painting

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By Warren Slaughter
Special to the Texan

    J. Lee Milligan was awarded the paving and seal coating bid from the city for 2010. The action was taken at Tuesday night’s Dalhart City Council Meeting. The council also approved a bid submitted by LC United Paint to paint the 12th Street water tower, but the council rejected bids received to paint the water tower at the prison. Due to the proximity of residences to the 12th Street tower, it must be shrouded before painting to reduce the amount of paint spatter.  Also, the tower that is being painted, which holds some 500,000 gallons of water, must be shut down for 90 days during the painting. The tower will not be painted until fall, when water demand is not as great as it is in the summer or spring.
    Council members also held a public hearing concerning property off Maynard Avenue that is proposed to be rezoned from R-3 Residential to Apartment. Some members of the Planning and Zoning Commission had concerns about the drainage of the property, and the commission could not come to an agreement on whether to recommend approval or denial of the request to the City Council.
    Dyke Rogers, speaking on behalf of Dalhart Millennium Properties, requested that the 351 feet on the front of the property be approved for Apartment zoning, as there are no drainage issues on this part of the land. He also said he did not have a problem with the Council requiring a viable drainage plan being in place before a building permit was issued. No action was taken at this time as this was simply a public hearing for the Council to get information about the proposed zoning change. An ordinance must be drafted and two readings of the ordinance must be held before the Council can take any action on this matter.
    Council members approved Sammy Casados and Troy Lysford for the Board of Adjustments and Appeals on the Building Code Board. They also approved the audit for the past fiscal year and passed Resolution 2010-01, which indicates approval of the city’s annual investment policy. The Council voted to accept bids to lease a site north of the old softball field for a proposed cell tower. The bids will be opened on March 23, 2010 at 10:00 a.m.
    City Manager Greg Duggan said a controlled burn on the north side of the lake will occur sometime soon. The burn is necessary to remove a lot of old undergrowth that could become more of a fire hazard in the future. With all the moisture the area has received, this is an ideal time to do it, the City Manager said.
    A resident from North Dalhart requested stop signs at North Elm and Matlock. He said traffic speeds along in this area at great speed. His daughter had a traffic accident in the area, and her vehicle was spun completely around by the impact. Council members took the information under advisement.

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