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City council authorizes search for city manager

By Bill Kelly
THE DALHART TEXAN

The Dalhart City Council held a regular semi-monthly meeting on Monday January 10 at City Hall. The main item on the agenda was considering and acting upon a process for hiring a permanent city manager.

Following the opening prayer by Mayor Justin Moore, the council unanimously approved the Consent Agenda, with consisted of approving the minutes of the last regular meeting on December 27, 2021 and of approving the December financial reports and December bills.

Next on the agenda was a chance for the public to make comments. Stroud gave a short speech about being “blessed” to serve the community for 15 years and about his retirement and about staying in the community, and was given a standing ovation from the council members immediately afterward. Greg Duggan also gave a short speech about how good a job that Stroud had done over the years as city manager.

The next item on the agenda was prefunding the amphitheater project at Rita Blanca Lake from the fund balance. Hilmar Cheese has agreed to donate $250,000 for the project, donating $50,000 a few weeks ago and committing to donate $50,000 more per year until the full $250,000 has been donated. Therefore, the money the city pays for the project now will eventually be paid back in full. Dallam County Judge Wes Ritchey was also at the meeting, and described a little about the work that has gone into coming up with funding for improvements and amenities at the lake. The council members voted unanimously to approve $200,000 to go ahead and fund the project, since Hilmar has already donated $50,000.

Following the approval of funding for the amphitheater project, Stroud asked Interim City Manager Melissa Vossmer to take over his spot in the meeting. Moore then called for the council to go into executive session to discuss the process for hiring a city manager.

The council spent just a little over 20 minutes in the executive session. Moore announced after the session that the council had authorized Vossmer to write an RFP to hire a search firm for the next city manager. The council then voted unanimously in open session for that authorization.

The next item was a chance for council members to suggest future agenda items. Dwayne Smith asked that the council discuss and act upon looking at manufactured housing in relation to statement of ownership and location.
Next on the agenda was a chance for the city manager and department heads to make comments. Curtis Brown, Chief of the Dalhart Volunteer Fire Department, mentioned that a retirement party for Glen Pack would be held on Saturday January 15 after Pack’s 34 years of service. Brown also mentioned that both Hartley County and Dallam County are now under burn bans. Interim Chief of Police Eloy Duran commented that new two officers had been hired, and that the department was looking for two more officers and another position a well. The council meeting was then adjourned.

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