Categories: General
      Date: Jan 24, 2013
     Title: Council mulls providing water out of city limits

By WARREN SLAUGHTER

Looking for a way to grow the city, the Dalhart City Council discussed providing water services outside the city limits, and resurrected plans drawn up in the 1960s or 1970s for an industrial park at the airport as a starting point. Several years ago, the Council passed an ordinance prohibiting water taps outside the city limits. However, business owners who want to start a new business or relocate their existing business have approached council members about water taps. City Attorney Greg Oelke said an ordinance could be written to allow for the water taps while safeguarding the city’s interests.



By WARREN SLAUGHTER

Looking for a way to grow the city, the Dalhart City Council discussed providing water services outside the city limits, and resurrected plans drawn up in the 1960s or 1970s for an industrial park at the airport as a starting point. Several years ago, the Council passed an ordinance prohibiting water taps outside the city limits. However, business owners who want to start a new business or relocate their existing business have approached council members about water taps. City Attorney Greg Oelke said an ordinance could be written to allow for the water taps while safeguarding the city’s interests.
The council also received the Police report for 2012. Incidents remained about the same, 962 in 2011 to 964 in 2012. However, Uniform Crime Reports (UCRs) that serious crimes that are reported to the FBI for statistical purposes, showed a 22 percent increase from 284 in 2011 to 365 in 2012. Arrests were down 26 percent from 606 to 451, and citations were down 64 percent from 2903 to 1031. The number of accidents was about the same, 144 in 2011 and 142 in 2012.
Animal control calls were up 38 percent 859 from 535 the previous year. Citations reflected a 32 percent jump, up to 57 from 39. Verbal warnings showed a nine percent increase from 67 in 2011 to 74 in 2012, and animals returned to the owner were up from 56 in 2011 to 114 in 2012.

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