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Kermit City Council: Updated
Diana Franco, City Secretary -office of Kermit City Manager, Gloria Saenz :|: The Winkler Post ♦ April 19 2014 14:45:50

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One of the shorter City Council meetings but, not lacking in content...  Council chambers were near full this evening and visitors received a good example of City government at work and nary a person nodded off due to boredom.

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Ken Mays - The Last City Council Meeting as Mayor
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We're going to chronicle the meeting in reverse order and begin that report by informing Kermit that Mayor Ken Mays made a short, yet impassioned speech to the Council and those in the audience concerning his short tenure as Mayor of the City of Kermit; expressing his gratitude to the city and its employees and the honor of being allowed to serve as mayor.

Listen to Mayor Mays' parting remarks as you finish reading.

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Invocation by the Reverend Dudley Mullins, Pastor, First Baptist Church of Kermit

In addition to the invocation, Pastor Mullins reminded everyone of the "National Day of Prayer" observance to be held on the courthouse lawn, at noon on May 1st.  The entire community in invited to participate.

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Discuss matters of business from the public – Council Members will not deliberate any comments which are made by the general public. The Public and Council are to follow rules of the Public Comment Period as set forth in Resolution 13-06.  None

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Don Michel is recognized by the City Council for Service to the Community, accepts certificate of appreciation from Mayor Mays
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Anadarko Petroleum Corporation, represented by Mr. Mike Damori, is recognized by the City Council for Service to the Community, accepts certificate of appreciation from Mayor Mays
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Recognition of Visitors, Citizen of the Month and/or Presentation of Proclamation. Michel Real Estate – Service to Community Anadarko – Service to Community

Both Don Michel and Mike Damori –representing Anadako Petroleum Corp., received certificates of appreciation from Mayor Mays on behalf of the City, for their contributions to the community.

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Discuss and consider the request of Richard Jackson on behalf of Kermit Kruisers for permission to block intersections at Austin and Oak, Oak and Winkler, Oak and Bryan, Winkler and Poplar for Car Show at Courthouse Square on Saturday August 23, 2014 between 9 a.m. – 5 p.m.

This agenda item was approved.  The car show should be a real crowd-pleaser so, mark your calendars and make plans to spend the day looking at the rolling eye-candy.  The Kermit Kruisers will also be exhibiting their vehicles in Snyder, the first weekend of May –a pleasant family drive on a Saturday morning.

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Discuss and consider entering into an Interlocal Agreement with other cities utilizing Parkhill, Smith and Cooper's annual seal coat program.

Approved: Details to follow at a later meeting.

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Discuss and consider replacement of old 2" water main on Ridgewood Road.

This agenda item is more important than it may seem as it represents preventative maintenance to a small portion of Kermit's fresh-water distribution infrastructure that, left unattended to would resemble the water-main problems we all hear about –Frequently, in Howard County.

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Discuss and consider Relay for Life Proclamation declaring May 30, 2014 as "Relay For Life Day."  Approved

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Discuss and consider ORDINANCE NO 14-02 on second and final reading:
   "An Ordinance Of The City Of Kermit, Texas, Adopting A Conservation/Drought Contingency Plan; Establishing Criteria For The Initiation And Termination Of Drought Response Stages; Establishing Restrictions On Certain Water Uses; Establishing Penalties For The Violation Of And Provisions For Enforcement Of These Restrictions; Establishing Procedures For Granting Variances; And Providing Severability And An Effective Date".

The "Meat" of Ordinance No. 14-02.

Section VIII:  Criteria for Initiation and Termination of Conservation/Drought Response Stages.

A.)  Stage 1 Triggers — MILD Water Shortage Conditions
1)  Requirement for initiation
Customers shall be requested to voluntarily conserve water and adhere to the prescribed restrictions on non-essential water uses, defined in Section VII Definitions, when daily water demands exceed 90% of well field capacity to produce or pump water for three consecutive days.
2.)  Requirement for termination
Stage I of the Plan may be rescinded when the conditions listed as requirements for imitation have ceased to exist for a time period deemed appropriate by the city manager and his/her designee... (The "Requirement for Termination" is similar in all occurrences of specific triggers)
B.)  Stage 2 Triggers — MODERATE Water Shortage Conditions.
1)  Requirement for initiation
Customers shall be required to comply with the requirements and restrictions on certain non-essential water uses provided in Section IX of this plan when daily water demands exceed 95% of well field capacity to produce or pump water for three consecutive days.
C.)  Stage 3 Triggers — SEVERE Water Shortage Conditions
1)  Requirement for initiation
Customers shall be required to comply with the requirements and restrictions on certain non-essential water uses for Stage 3 of this Plan when daily water demands exceed 98% of well field capacity or pump water for three consecutive days.
D.)  Stage 4 Triggers — CRITICAL Water Shortage Conditions
1)  Requirement for initiation
Customers shall be required to comply with the requirements and restrictions on certain non-essential water uses for Stage 4 of this Plan when the city manager and his/her designee determine that an extended duration of Stage 3 severe condition exists.
E.)  Stage 5 Triggers — EMERGENCY Water Shortage Conditions
1)  Requirement for initiation
Customers shall be required to comply with the requirements and restrictions on certain non-essential water uses for Stage 5 of this Plan when the city manager and his/her designee determine that a water supply emergency exists based on:
a.  Major water line breaks, or pump or system failurs occur, which cause unprecidented loss of capability to proved water service; or
b.  Natural or man-made contamination of the water supply sourced(s); or
c.  Extended Stage 4 Critical conditions exist.

We must reiterate –this is only a portion of the entire Ordinance.  We may publish the ordinance in its entirety at some point after its second reading and final acceptance by the Kermit City Council.  The "Allocation and Penalty" portion of the proposed ordinance is below.

X:  WATER ALLOCATIONS AND PENALTIES

In the event that water shortage conditions threaten public health, safety, and welfare, the City of Kermit is hereby authorized to allocate water according to the following water allocation plan:

1.    Single Family Residental Customers
Listed: "Persons per Household" — "Gallons per Month"

  • 1 or 2 — 6000
  • 3 or 4 — 10,000
  • 5 or 6 — 14,000
  • 7 or 8 — 18,000
  • 9 or 10 — 22,000
  • 11 or more — 26,000

...In prescribing the method for claiming more than two ( 2 ) persons per household, the city manager and his/her designee shall adopt methods to insure the accuracy of claims.  Any person who knowingly, recklessly, or with criminal negligence falsely reports the number of persons in a household or fails to notify the Ciy in a timely manner of a change in the number of persons per household shall be fined not less than $100.00.

Residential water customers shall pay the following surcharges:

  • $5.00 —— for the first 1,000 gallons over allocation
  • $7.50 —— for the second 1,000 gallons over allocation
  • $10.00 —— for the third 1,000 gallons over allocation
  • $12.50 —— for each additional 1,000 gallons over allocation

Surcharges shall be cumulative.

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Discuss and consider approving budget amendments as presented by City Manager.

Pennies in a Jar is working well –A portion of the sales tax receipts are committed to be used for some much needed equipment upgrades.  This month's addition was a new pick-up truck for the Humane Officer.

The council meeting was recessed for a short time to allow everyone to view the new truck –parked in front of City Hall.  The only thing missing as everyone looked over the truck...  A bottle of Champaign, smacked across the bumper to Christen Unit 10.  Take care of it Martin –you may have to drive it for another 20 years.

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Departmental Reports & Presentations

Mary Burch reminded everyone of the upcoming "Earth Day" event on April 22nd at the community Center (see graphic below).  We urge our local readers to attend this event to learn about the City of Kermit's and YOUR efforts in Re-Klaiming Kermit.  The new recycling center will be highlighted as well as the solid waste collection center and other important points.  There will be Door Prizes.


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Earth Day in Kermit - 6:00 pm - April 22nd - Winkler County Community Center - DOOR PRIZES!
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