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Friona City Council welcomes new city manager

The Friona City Council met in regular session on Monday, January 8, 2018 in Council Chambers at 619 Main Street.

The first order of business was to welcome Leander “Lee” Davila as the new Friona City Manager. He began his tenure with Friona on Tuesday, January 2.

The council approved, without amendments, the minutes from the December 11, 2017 regular city council meeting, the December 12, 2017 emergency city council meeting and the December 20, 2017 special city council meeting.

Friona Chief of Police Isidro Jimenez reported on the Friona Police Department activities for the month of December. He stated, “It was an okay year.”

Chief Jimenez reported that the police officers drove 2,607 miles and had 131 calls for fire/EMS/police. Five arrests were made, with 13 citations, 28 warnings and 41 stops completed for December. The arrests included one for no drivers’ license, one for public intoxication, two for warrant service, and one for possession of marijuana.

Jimenez informed the council that efforts were being made to bring a presentation from TAASA (Texas Association Against Sexual Assault) to Friona. He also informed the council that the police department is still in need of a police officer.

Kenny Ford addressed the council concerning a variance for an existing building that is one foot outside his property line. The council approved the request after confirming that all the appropriate signatures had been acquired.

In other business, the council approved the transfer of funds from the Interest and Sinking Fund to make the bond payments that are due on February 15, 2018. They also approved the accounts payable for December 2017, the financial statement for December 2017 and the quarterly financial statement for October 2017 through December 2017.

Before adjourning, the council discussed the new ambulance. The ambulance should be in service and certified in the next week or so.

The Friona City Council meets on the second Monday of every month. The next meeting is Monday, February 12, 2018 at 6:30 in Council Chambers. The meetings are open to the public.