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Thursday, March 13, 2003

Council OKs emergency repairs to city water tanks

Staff Writer

PECOS, Thurs., March 13, 2003 -- The Town of Pecos City Council approved the authorization by Frank X. Spencer & Associates to prepare the plans and specifications to replace the 250,000-gallon ground storage tank at the Ward County Well Field, during their regular meeting this morning, and also approved the refurbishment of two existing three million gallon tanks at the city yard.

The preparing of the plans and specifications for the project will cost the city $104,993, which is money that the Texas Water Development Board appropriated for other water and sewer projects.

Frank X. Spencer & Associates employee, Edgardo Madrid, informed the council that he had met with City Manager Carlos Yerena and that they gone over an agreement. He also said that he had sent a copy of both Yerena and City Attorney Scott Johnson.

"We tried to do some negotiation with them," Johnson said. "We did not think that there would be a full time representative."

He said that they were requesting Spencer & Associates to go down $15,000 but would only go down $4,000.

"It is an emergency item so we need to get this going," Johnson said. "We will be saving a little bit of money."

City Utilities Director Octavio Garcia added that the storage tank out at Ward County Well Field is in bad shape.

"The floor is about gone. We have patches all over the floor," Garcia said. "And the sides are about to do the same."

During the last city council meeting the members were told by Spencer that the well would need to be replaced as soon as possible seeing that it is the town's main water source.

Councilman Michael Benavides made the motion to authorize Spencer's company to prepare plans and specifications with Councilman Frank Sanchez seconding it.

Council members approved the change order number one for Part D of the ground storage tank and standpipes development of South Worsham Well Field project.

The change order called for extending pipes and pad and the fencing.

Madrid said that in extending the pad around the water tank would help keep the underlying soil from eroding away.

The addition of the fence was requested by Garcia who wanted it so that his employees would have access to the tanks when farmers closed other fences, Madrid said.

The change order was approved with Sanchez making the motion and Councilwoman Angelica Valenzuela seconding it.

Town of Pecos City Health Inspector Alfredo Gomez, who was not able to attend the morning council meeting due to a doctor's appointment, sent in a letter providing the council with an update on local grocery stores La Tienda and Bobs Thriftway.

In his letter, Gomez said that both stores are in compliance with health regulations in maintaining their freezers at proper temperatures and have a high level of cleanliness.

According to his letter, Gomez said that he has made at least six inspections to both stores.

However, Valenzuela said that she was under the impression that the stores were to install new freezers. She wanted to know whether that had been done.

"Our agreement was not to keep the same freezers," Valenzuela said.

Not knowing the situation of the freezers, Valenzuela asked that City Secretary Connie Levario ask Mr. Gomez to give her a call.

Fenn Foods District Manager Robert Garcia was also unable to attend the meeting due to a previously scheduled meeting in Colorado. Fenn operates both Pecos stores.

In other action, the council awarded bids for pharmaceutical services went to Professional Pharmacy. Mayor Dot Stafford said the other bidder, Rediger's Pharmacy, submitted their proposal late.

The proposal was approved with Sanchez making the motion and Pro-Tem Gerald Tellez seconding it. Valenzuela abstained from the motion since her husband, Steve Valenzuela works at Professional Pharmacy.

During the public portion of the meeting, Pecos Police Chief Clay McKinney told the council members that Police Department Community Officer Mike Balog would like to give them an update on the skate board park.

Balog informed the council that local contractor Jeff Lindsay has offered to donate labor and material for two skateboard parks.

"We are looking at a area located at Maxey Park and behind the Girl Scout Hut," Balog said. The council discussed the first site during their meeting two weeks ago, while the second site would be located in the 600 block of South Park Street.

Balog added that Spencer had also offered to donate the design of the parks.

In regards to the liability issue, he said that they would place signs up and that Spencer being the engineer would also sign off on liability.

"With all the community support this project is coming together," Balog said.

Madrid at this point stood before the council and informed them that he had visited both sites and that he would also like to be involved in the project.

"I personally would be willing to work and donate my time to help them," he said.

With that said the council applauded everyone for their support in the project.

In response to a question on whether or not the park would be done by the time school was out, Balog said, "Mr. Lindsay said that as soon as we receive approval on the locations they could get started."

Becky Millan, the parent who started a petition asking for the support of building a skateboard parks said that she was happy that it was all coming together.

"The kids really needed this," she said. "I appreciated what you are doing for the kids."

The approval of the locations has been scheduled for the next city council meeting on March 27.

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Drug task force makes sweep following indictments

Staff Writer

PECOS, Thurs., March 13, 2003 -- Trans Pecos Drug Task Force officers, along with officers from other local agencies, were busy this morning serving warrants on 60 sealed indictments, which included 35 individuals in Midland County.

The Trans Pecos Drug Task Force, Reeves County Sheriff's Department, Pecos Police Department, Midland County Sheriff's Office, Midland Police Department, Texas Department of Public Safety, Aircraft Division, Andrews County Sheriff's Department, Texas Highway Patrol and Culberson County assisted in the operation.

"This was a five-month undercover operation," said Trans Pecos Drug Task Force Lt. Larry Arredondo. "We called it 'Street Sweep.'"

Arredondo said that the agencies had cooperated to take numerous drugs off the streets including, cocaine, methamphetamines, marijuana, crack cocaine and heroin.

"These individuals will be charged with different things," said Arredondo. "Some were marijuana, while others were other drug offenses."

The 'sweep' began at 6:30 a.m., today, in Midland County. "We were trying to find 35 and serve them and found 26-27," said Arredondo.

"It was a successful operation and I appreciate all the assistance from the other agencies," said Arredondo. "We work really well together and we are really pleased at the outcome."

No arrests were reported in Reeves County. The names of those arrested have not yet been released by Task Force officials.

Church of Christ scheduled series of guest lessons

PECOS, Thurs., March 13, 2003 -- The 4th and Bois D'Arc Church of Christ will be hosting Eddie Whitten in a series of lessons, beginning at 10 a.m., Sunday.

The first lesson will be: "What is That to Thee" at 10 a.m. and will be followed by two more Sunday lessons; at 11 a.m., "What Meaneth This?" and at 6 p.m., "Rightly Dividing the Word."

Other lesson for the week are on Monday at 7 p.m., "The New Birth,"; Tuesday at 7 p.m., "Let the Lower Lights Be Burning; and Wednesday at 7 p.m., "But Who Are You?"


PECOS, Thurs., March 13, 2003 -- High Wednesday 91. Low this morning 58. Forecast for tonight: Increasing clouds. Lows in the mid 40s. East winds 5 to 10 mph. Friday: Partly cloudy. Slight chance of thunderstorms. Highs in the mid 80s. South winds 5 to 15 mph. The chance of rain is 20 percent. Friday night: Mostly cloudy. Slight chance of thunderstorms. Lows in the upper 40s. The chance of rain is 20 percent. Saturday: Partly cloudy. Highs in the mid 80s. Sunday: Partly cloudy. Lows in the upper 40s. Highs in the mid 80s.

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