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Thursday, August 28, 2003

City to discuss payment delay vote by county

Staff Writer

PECOS, Thurs., Aug. 28, 2003 -- Town of Pecos City Council members have scheduled an executive session today to consult legal counsel regarding possible litigation against Reeves County for the breach of Water Distribution and Sanitary Sewer Collection and Treatment Services Agreement.

The item in regards to the contemplated litigation was added to tonight's regular City Council meeting, which will be held at 5:30 p.m., in the Council Chambers at City Hall.

"Due to urgent public requiring immediate action due to reasonably unforeseeable situation and imminent threat to public health the following addendum is posted," the addendum reads.

Mayor Dot Stafford stated that in the executive session the council would discuss the payment of Reeves County.

"It will be up to the council if they want the commissioners to sit in on the executive session," Stafford said.

In Monday's Commissioners Court meeting Reeves County Judge Jimmy Galindo asked that some of the commissioners attend tonight's meeting to represent the county in this manner. However, Galindo will not be on hand due to a trip to San Antonio to meet with federal officials in regards to acquiring inmates to fill the new Reeves County Detention Center III project.

The 960-bed facility was completed in March, but the lack of inmates has left the county with a severe budget shortfall. The first bond payment for the facility is due next week, and other bond payments on sections of the prison also are pending.

As a result, commissioners voted on Monday to put available funds towards prison-released payments, and hold off making its $422,320 payment to the city, which is due on Sunday. The payment is the county's contribution to construction of the city's new South Worsham water field.

However, during Monday's meeting Galindo was quoted as saying that the payment to the city was not due till November.

"I've been talking to the mayor before this meeting and the payment to the city is actually not due until November," Galindo was quoted as saying in Monday's edition of the Enterprise.

When Stafford was questioned on Galindo's statement, she said that the county's payment to the city is due on August 31, though the money owed by the city to the Texas Water Development Board is still two months off.

"The county's payment is due on August 31," Stafford said. "The payment that is due in November belongs to the city."

She added that if the county does defer its payment they would then break their contract.

Stafford also wanted to make it clear that the counties payment is not an actual water payment but rather an infrastructure payment on the construction done to South Worsham Field.

"I want to make it clear, this is not a water bill," Stafford said. "We just can't cut off the water supplies. It is not that simple."

While consulting with its legal council, Stafford said that she was unsure of what their options would be if the county did defer its payment.

"What I am not wanting to do, and I said this that the Town Hall meeting is to increase taxes, limit services and or limit employees," Stafford said. "I do not want to do any of the three things."

The city has been working on the South Worsham project for nine years, since engineers told them the current Worsham and Ward County fields can only provide Pecos with adequate water supplies through the year 2008. The payment agreement between the city and county was reached as part of a deal to provide increased water supplies by the city to the Reeves County Detention Center.

Hawaiian dress-up plans face football conflict

Staff Writer

PECOS, Thurs., Aug. 28, 2003 -- Got any purple and gold Hawaiian skirts? That would be the perfect attire for Friday in Pecos.

Friday is the date for the Second Annual Hawaiian Beach Party, which local businesses will be participating in. The event is sponsored by the Pecos Chamber of Commerce, and Chamber Executive Director Linda Gholson said, "We have about eight businesses that have called in, not counting the two banks, so we should have about 12 or 14 participate."

The businesses and employees are to dress up in Hawaiian-style outfits and decorations, and those businesses that want to can participate in judging for the best Hawaiian design. The results will be announced during the Beach Party reception planned for 5-7 p.m., at West Texas National Bank.

The first Beach Party was held the Friday prior to Labor Day last year. However, due to a late schedule addition, Friday will also be the 2003 home opener for the Pecos Eagles football team, and as a result, the first purple and gold day for fans in Pecos.

"When we did this it (the game) was just a scrimmage, but we have to go on," said Dot Stafford, who is helping to organize the event at West Texas National Bank. "We're trying to make this be an annual thing."

"The first year we had this the reception was held at the museum, and this year we're hosting it. Everyone in the community is invited to come and dress accordingly," she added. "Hors d'oeuvres will be served during that time and John (Grant, WTNB president) will have his famous spare ribs if he gets back in time."

Stafford said Grant has been busy this week inspecting cattle for the bank.

The bank will provide refreshments during regular business hours, and Gholson said other businesses will be doing special things as part of Friday's Beach Party. That inclues the U.S. Post Office in Pecos, which will be serving refreshments from 10-11 a.m. and will have drawings for the new USPS lighthouse stamp.

"Some will be participating, but won't want to be judged," she said. Those that do can call the Chamber at 445-2406 before 2 p.m. on Friday to get their name on the list.

"Judging will be done between 2 and 3, but I won't say who's doing it," Gholson added. The winners will be announced during the late afternoon reception at WTNB.

Cowboys fans get Fox signal back for game

Staff Writer

PECOS, Thurs., Aug. 28, 2003 -- With football season under way, Dallas Cowboy fans in the Pecos area will be able to watch the Cowboy's last preseason game tonight, after KPEJ brought its signal back up last night for viewers in the Trans-Pecos area

The Fox Network station out of Odessa had been out since Sunday night in the area, which receives its signal on UHF Ch. 20, by way of a microwave relay from the station's main antenna north of Midland International Airport to an antenna located on 6,500-foot Gomez Peak, 40 miles southwest of Pecos.

Classic Cable Technician Manuel Gonzales stated that the signal they receive had been flickering for some time now.

"We talked to the engineers at KPEJ Fox station in Odessa," Gonzales said. "They had to reset it (the signal) last night."

"I talked to my technician in Pecos and he said it was up last night," he added.

Although the signal had been down for three days, KPEJ engineers in Odessa were unaware of the problem until Wednesday morning. The Ch. 20 signal went out Sunday at about a little after 6 p.m., but the main signal, on UHF Ch. 24, was working normally for viewers in Odessa, Midland and neighboring cities.

KPEJ set up its antenna on Gomez Peak in 1994, after Fox acquired rights to the National Football Conference games, which includes most of the Dallas Cowboys' regular season contests. The signal originally was on UHF Ch. 18, but was moved to Ch. 20 last year in order to avoid conflict with the new Univision station on Ch. 18 in the Midland-Odessa area.

Dallas plays Oakland tonight, and opens its regular season on Sept. 7 against Atlanta, in a game that will also be televised by KPEJ.

Local FSA seeks candidates to fill committee posts

PECOS, Thurs., Aug. 28, 2003 -- The Reeves County Farm Service Agency is accepting nominations between now and next Friday, Sept. 5, for the 2003 County Committee elections. Nomination forms can be obtained from the FSA County Office, 1417 W. Third St.

Anyone with an interest in providing guidance on federal farm program issues that impact local farmers and ranchers is encouraged to submit their nomination. All landowners, operators and tenants of legal voting age are eligible to serve on FSA County Committees and vote in these elections.

For more information contact your local FSA at 432-445-3196 ex 2.


PECOS, Thurs., Aug. 28, 2003 -- High Wednesday 96. Low this morning 71. Forecast for tonight: Partly cloudy with a 20 percent chance of thunderstorms. Lows in the upper 60s. South winds 5 to 15 mph. Friday: Partly cloudy with a 20 percent chance of thunderstorms. Highs in the lower 90s. Southwest winds 5 to 15 mph. Friday night: Partly cloudy with a 30 percent chance of thunderstorms. Lows in the mid 60s. Saturday: Partly cloudy with a 40 percent chance of thunderstorms. Highs near 80. Sunday: Partly cloudy with isolated thunderstorms. Lows in the Lower 60s. Highs in the lower 80s.


Richard "Calo" Gutierrez

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