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Friona City Council tackles lengthy agenda

The Friona City Council met in regular session on Monday, August 14, 2017 at 6:30 p.m. in the Council Chambers. Council members considered a number of issues including the proposed 2017 tax rate, the search for a new city manager and the transfer of FEMA money for street repairs.

The Council held a lengthy discussion Parmer County Chief Appraiser Jill Timms concerning the 2017 Effective Tax Rate and the Proposed 2017 Tax Rate. When all things were considered, the council decided to go with .7100 per one hundred for the proposed rate.

Mitchell Smiley was unanimously nominated to serve on the Board of Directors for the Parmer County Appraisal District.

The council took into consideration two items that are being discussed in Austin and will be effective September 1, 2017. The two items were concerning public right-of-ways.

Friona Police Chief Isidro Jimenez briefed the council on the Friona Police Department’s activities in the past month.

Panhandle Regional Planning Commission was approved to an interlocal agreement for the search of new City Manager. The council determined that there would be four phases to find the best candidate. At this time, there are no candidates.

The council approved the transfer of 2015 FEMA money in the amount of $81,326.22 from Street Escrow into the General Fund Revenues as budgeted for sealcoat and the transfer of $61,069 from Building Escrow into the General Fund Revenues as budgeted if and when it is needed.

The July 2017 accounts payable and financial statements were approved by the council.

The council approved September 5, 2017 at 5:30 p.m. for their Council Budget Workshop.

Homer and Patty Haile were given approval for a three-foot variance to enlarge an outbuilding and build a carport at 1705 W. 11th Street.

The final order of business was to approve the application for a grant to the Bivins Foundation for an ambulance.

See the Mayor’s Minutes on page 2 for more details.

The City Council will meet again Monday, September 11, 2017 at 6:30 p.m. in Council Chambers. All meeting are open to the public.