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Council sets wheels in motion to improve water system

The Friona City Council met in regular session on Monday, December 11, 2017 in Council Chambers with all members in attendance.

Retiring City Manager Patricia Phipps was presented a plaque for her 34 years of service to the City of Friona. Mayor Rick White made the presentation before the meeting began.

The council approved the minutes for the November 2, 2017 Special City Council meeting, the November 13 Regular City Council meeting and the November 20, 2017 Special City Council meeting.

Lt. Sanchez of the Friona Police Department presented the departmental report. Those statistics are listed in the Mayor’s Minutes on page 2.

Randall Field, P.C. presented the audit report for fiscal year October 1, 2016 to September 30, 2017. The board approved the audit as stated by Field.

A representative from the Panhandle Regional Planning Commission (PRPC) presented the grant contract between the Texas Department of Agriculture (TDA) and the City of Friona for $275,000 for the community development fund to improve the city’s water system. The council approved the contract.

The council approved the resolution designating the mayor and city manager to act as designated signatories in order to execute contractual document between TDA and the City of Friona. They also approved the mayor, city manager, mayor pro-tem, and human resource finance manager to act as act as authorized signatories to execute the State of Texas purchase voucher and request for payment form documents required for requesting funds approved in the 2017 Texas Community Development Block Grant Program (TCDBGP).

Patricia Phipps was appointed the Civil Rights Officer and Jamie Hall from PRPC as the Labor Standards Officer for the TCDBGP.

The council approved the resolution regarding civil rights including the adoption of citizen participation plan and grievance procedures, Section 3 policy, excessive force policy, Section 504 policy and grievance procedures, code of conduct policy and fair housing policy.

The mayor and the council approved that April 2018 will be Fair Housing Month in the City of Friona.

Before going into executive session, the council approved the November 2017 accounts payable and financial statements.

The Friona City Council will meet again on Monday, January 8, 2018 in Council Chambers at 619 Main Street. All meetings are open to the public and the community is encouraged to attend.