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No Vacancies - Dalhart City Council returns to full force

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No Vacancies - Dalhart City Council returns to full force

Roger Fleming was appointed and sworn in as Dalhart City Councilman for Ward 1 during the special Council meeting June 17. Fleming, who works as the plant manager at XIT Concrete, will fill the vacancy left by the resignation of Ginger Cleavinger.

Clinton Hale, who was appointed to a previous vacancy on June 3, was sworn in on June 5. Given the speed with which Cleavinger’s vacancy was filled, it almost seemed that the appointment was predetermined. “We’ve all considered a bunch of different people,” said Mayor James Stroud during Monday’s meeting.

“I believe after hearing from different people and different Council members, I think we’ve all come to a consensus on Roger Fleming,” Ty Hancock stated. “I think that’s what we would like to recommend at this time.” Following Fleming’s swearing in, council members appointed Fleming, Hancock and Dennis Rojas to the Dalhart Christmas Committee. The Dalhart Area Chamber of Commerce traditionally hosts a variety of holiday activities, including the Downtown Christmas Lighting Ceremony on the Courthouse Square, the Christmas Lighting Contest and incentives to shop locally, but that might not be sufficient.

“We’d like to do a Christmas Committee with the City, and we’d like to get the Chamber on. That way we can actually get some people downtown and we can actually do Christmas right this year. We’ve gotten so many complaints about downtown not being Christmasy enough, and we’d like to do something special this year,” Hancock No Vacancies - Dalhart City Council returns to full force said.

Chamber president Kristy Detwiler was caught off guard, but responded after the meeting. “We’re always willing to work with the City in any capacity, and we’re happy for any help we can get,” she said. In the final agenda item Monday, City Attorney Bryan Guymon presented the Councilmen with Best Practice and Texas Open Meetings Act training.

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