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Monday, January 10, 2000

Commissioners clarify offer to city on water rate

Staff Writer
PECOS, Jan. 10, 2000 - An item that was approved at the last Reeves County Commissioner's Court meeting was clarified this morning.

Reeves County Commissioners met for the first time this year and Reeves County Judge Jimmy B. Galindo clarified an item discussed during executive session during their last meeting, and approved in the following open session, since Town of Pecos City Mayor Dot Stafford and city council member Ricky Herrera were both in attendance.

"Since both the mayor and a councilman are present, I want to go ahead and clarify this issue," said Galindo, during the agenda item reports from various departments.

Galindo stated that the item concerned both the city and the county and had been a topic of discussion for some time.

During their last meeting commissioners agreed to offer a proposal to the Town of Pecos City in their dispute over the water rate at the RCDC, which is just outside the city limits. Customers outside the city that are connected to the water line pay higher rates than those within the city's boundaries, and the dispute stemmed from Pecos' demand that the RCDC pay the difference between the city and county rates for past water deliveries.

Commissioners agreed to offer the city $4 million at 1 percent interest for 20 years in exchange for being treated as a regular (in-town) commercial customer on water and sewer. The city would also have to fulfill what they had already agreed on, to install water lines from Lincoln and Eddy streets to the elevated storage tanks at the Reeves County Detention center. The city would also continue with the parks and recreation agreement over the same terms under the plan.

Reeves County is currently paying Pecos $3.75 per every 1,000 gallons used at the RCDC.

"I think the county's action was misinterpreted," said Galindo.

Galindo stated that the offer the county was making was "by no means a loan."

"What we talked about was a contribution of $4 million to the city and that the city consider a 40 year contract with the county and for the city to look at the RCDC like an in-city commercial customer," he said.

Galindo stated that he wanted to clarify any misinterpretations, with the city officials on hand.

"The city will have to borrow $1.2 million in order to complete expansion at the water field and to pump that water back," said Galindo.

"What we have offered was $4 million at 1 percent interest," said Galindo. "It's the 1 percent, plus the $4 million," he said.

"It's very seldom that an entity can borrow at that rate," said Galindo. "The county will borrow that money on behalf of the city," he said.

"But, it's not a loan to the city," he said. "I wanted to clarify that, it's not a loan it's a contribution," he said.

Reeves County Commissioners approved payment invoices No. 154 and 155 to the DRG Architects who are working on the renovations at the RCDCand reiumbursment invoice 153.

After some discussion, commissioners tabled any action on the civic center contract and operations. Linda Gholson, Tom Rivera and the new board president, Jeanette Alligood were on hand for the discussion.

Gholson stated that during 1999 there was a committee formed through the chamber, as to who was responsible and the members represented all aspects of the community, including the city chamber and rodeo committee.

"We did have a couple of meetings and afterward things that were discussed were dealt with," Gholson said. "My big push is that we have things in black and white," she said.

Gholson stated that at one of the meetings it was decided that the custodian would take care of the deposit and the condition of the center. "At that time, it was decided that the custodian would make that call," she said.

Galindo stated that in 1995-1996, they met with the chamber and decided the chamber would streamline that, rent it and book it, with the county and city both donating funds to the center.

"Several weeks before the rodeo, we met again and decided Road and Bridges would handle it," said Galindo.

Galindo stated that Road and Bridges Administrator has come forward and said it still doesn't work. "If we put it back under the umbrella of the county, then there would be no question about user fees and deposits," he said.

Gholson suggested that the committee that met last year, meet again and come back to the commissioners with their suggestions and recommendations.

"I think that would be a good idea, for the committee to meet a couple of evenings and put it back on the agenda for the next meeting," Galindo said.

"A lot of good things have happened out at the civic center after the meetings," said Gholson. "And since we're on that topic, the stock show is coming up this weekend," she said.

New chamber board president Jeannette Alligood stated that she's very excited to be working with the county. "I think together we can make this work," she said.

Baptist pastors swap pulpits for revival services

Staff Writer
PECOS, Jan. 10, 2000 - Baptist churches throughout Pecos had a unique experience Sunday when pastors exchanged pulpits for one day to promote revival services each night this week at West Park Baptist, Sixth and Eddy Sts.

Ron Garcia, pastor of Calvary Baptist Church, preached the morning sermon at West Park, while West Park's interim pastor, Rey Carreon, preached at First Baptist.

James Henderson, House of Prayer pastor, opened the revival services at West Park at 7 p.m. Sunday. Other Baptist pastors will take turns preaching throughout the week, with each service beginning at 7 p.m.

Garcia will preach today. Greer Willis, First Baptist pastor, will preach Tuesday, Bruce Dury, Christian Home director, Wednesday, Mac McCormick, North Temple pastor, Thursday, and Carreon will close out the revival services Friday.

"Everyone is invited to attend," said Garcia. "A nursery will be provided for young children."

Song leaders from the different churches will lead the singing each evening. They invite everyone who would like to sing in the choir to arrive by 6:45 p.m.

Garcia said that the Baptist pastors and a group of laymen began about six months ago to discuss the possibility of a city-wide spiritual revival.

"This led to a scheduled Saturday evening prayer meeting at West Park. All were encouraged to come and pray. It soon became evident that in order to have a city-wide revival, the local Christian churches needed to unite as one," he said.

By this time, the group was composed of men and women from a variety of churches.

"The felt need was to have a church revival in order to experience the cooperation by sister churches. Then, depending upon the response by those involved, we would proceed with plans for a city-wide evangelistic campaign," Garcia said.

Kenneth Winkles, a North Temple Baptist layman, has spearheaded the effort.

"We want to get all the churches involved, not just Baptist," said Winkles.

Reeves County Appraisal District meets Wednesday

PECOS, Jan. 10, 2000 - The Board of Directors of the Reeves County Appraisal District will meet on Wednesday, January 12, 2000 at 5:00 pm at 403 S. Cypress.

Included on the agenda is election of 2000 officers, receipt of public comments and Chief Appraiser's response.


Encarnacion Chonita Duran

Encarnacion Chonita Duran, 78, died Friday, Jan. 7, 2000, in Midland Memorial Hospital. Services will be at 2 p.m. Tuesday in Our Lady of Guadalupe Catholic Church in Midland, directed by Reyes-Garcia Funeral Home. Interment will be in Fairview Cemetery in Midland.

She was born March 25, 1921 in Patrole, north of Pecos, and attended Santa Rosa Catholic School in Pecos. During her early teens she worked at the Brandon Hotel.

She moved to Midland with her husband, the late Santos H. Duran, in the 1960s. She was involved in Candy Stripers, was a former president of Head Start, a P.T.A. member, was Mrs. Lioness of the Eastside Lions Club and a Cursillista in Our Lady of Guadalupe Catholic Church.

Survivors include six sons, Abel F. Duran Torivio T. Duran, Jose Luis Duran and Fred Duran all of Midland; Santos Duran Jr. of Indiana and Moises Duran of Dallas; eight daughters, Lupe D. Reyes, Dora F. Duran, Carmen Duran Paredes and Anita D. Galindo, all of Midland; and Encarnacion D. Murray of Salina, Kan., Lourdes D. York of Friendswood, Mary Ann Arredondo of Duncanville and Elena Duran of Austin; one brother, Ambrosio Franco of Merced, Calif., 29 grandchildren and 14 great-grandchildren.

Robert Barreno

Robert T. Barreno, 51, of Arlington, died Friday, Jan. 7, 2000, in Fort Worth.

A rosary will be held at 7:30 p.m. today, at Pecos Funeral Home Chapel.

Mass is scheduled for 2 p.m., Tuesday, Jan. 11, at Santa Rosa Catholic Church with burial in Mt. Evergreen Cemetery.

He was born Oct. 10, 1948, in Pecos, was a U.S. Army veteran, a program director for Corrections Corporation of America and a Catholic.

Barreno was a Pecos High School graduate, coached Pony League for several years in Pecos, was a sports announcer for the Pecos High School baseball games, and earned his B.A. and his Bachelors in Business from U.T.P.B. in Odessa.

Survivors include his wife, Olivia Barreno of Arlington; one son, Robert Barreno Jr. of Arlington; two daughters, Liz B. Lujan and Susie B. Gomez of Pecos; his mother, Alicia Barreno of Pecos; three brothers, Raul Barreno, Ricky Barreno and Ruben Barreno, all of Pecos; two sisters, Rachel Barreno of Coyanosa, Becky Vasquez of El Paso; six grandchildren and numerous nieces, nephews and cousins.

Pecos Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.


AUSTIN (AP) - Results of the Lotto Texas drawing Saturday night: Winning numbers drawn: 6-9-19-26-34-50. Estimated jackpot: $7 million. Number matching six of six: One Winning ticket sold in: Kilgore. Matching five of six: 79. Prize: $1,574. Matching four of six: 4,988. Prize: $89.


AUSTIN (AP) - Results of the Texas Million drawing Friday night: Winning numbers drawn: 20-56-88-93. Number matching four of four in Group One: 0. Number matching four of four in Group Two: 0. Number matching four of four in Group Three: 0. Number matching three of four in any group: 320. Prize: $300


AUSTIN (AP) - Results of the Cash 5 drawing Friday night: Winning numbers drawn: 08-12-25-33-35. Number matching five of five: 1. Prize per winner: $84,671. Matching four of five: 283. Prize: $448.


AUSTIN (AP) - The winning Pick 3 numbers drawn Friday by the Texas Lottery, in order: 9-7-3 (nine, seven, three)


AUSTIN (AP) - The winning Pick 3 numbers drawn on Saturday by the Texas Lottery, in order: 7-4-7 (seven, four, seven)


PECOS, Jan. 10, 2000 - High Sunday 67. Low this morning 40. Clear. Low 30-35. Southwest wind 5-10 mph. Tuesday: Mostly sunny. High in the mid 70s. Southwest wind 10-20 mph. Tuesday night: Fair. Low 35-40. Wednesday: Dry and unseasonably warm. High in the mid 70s.

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