Thursday, May 28, 1998
Gil hopes patched pool opens next week
By GREG HARMAN
Summer salvation may have come to area children in the form of automotive bodywork experts from Montano's Body Shop, who have been busy patching and smoothing a web of major and minor cracks at the city pool this week.
Parks and Zoo Director Armando Gil hired the men after estimates from an Odessa pool company came back a little too high for comfort, and the cost of the temporary job came in at $84,650 below the full repair cost.
Gil told the City Council this morning that his phones have been "ringing off the hook" with questions about the city pool situation.
"I'm putting my head on the chopping block on this," he explained, vouching for the temporary repairs, "But I think it will hold for the year."
Councilman Danny Rodriguez offered the High School's swimming pool, which is currently open on Tuesday and Thursday "Family" nights, if there is a problem opening the city pool by next week.
"I spoke with Mr. (Superintendent of Schools Don) Love and he said we could open the High School's pool on Mondays, Tuesdays, Thursdays and Fridays from 2 to 6," said Rodriguez.
But Gil's report may make that offer unnecessary.
He said his department would begin filling the pool Friday and expected it to be open to the public on Wednesday, June 3. "I am 90 percent confident it will hold. The other 10 percent I'll use to get out of town," he joked.
The Northside Pool at Ash and `B' streets is also scheduled to be open later this summer, following some minor repair work of its own.
Gil informed the council he had contacted 17 pool companies in Odessa/Midland and the El Paso areas. After a week of unreturned messages and broken promises, Viking Pool Company was the only one to send a representative to inspect the pool and offer an estimate.
The company inspected the Maxey Park pool on Friday, May 22, and recommended replacing the entire fiberglass liner.
The Viking representative told Gil that trouble starts when cities drain their pools for the winter to cut back on maintenance costs. Then the freeze comes, and the cracking starts.
The final estimate from the company came to $85,000. The temporary repairs made by Montano's Body Shop set the city back $350.
Mesquite Festival is cancelled for this year
An annual event in Toyah will not be held this year, but organizers of the event are already planning next year's celebration.
The annual Toyah Mesquite Festival, which has been held in Toyah for the last few summers, will not be held this year.
No reason was given for the cancellation, but the annual drawing for a quilt will be held as scheduled, with tickets for the item already for sale.
The quilt can be seen at the Pecos Senior Citizen Center.
Organizers for the event will be at Wal-Mart selling chances for the quilt at different occasions, according to Charlotte Waight.
The drawing will be held July 18 in Toyah, the winner announced and notified at this time.
"We're already planning on next year's event," said Waight.
Smoke alert is extended until Friday
Smoke from fires that have been burning in Mexico and Central America for several weeks continues to be blown across the Rio Grande and into Texas, and the public health alert, first announced two weeks ago, has been extended until Friday.
The Texas Natural Resource Conservation Commission announced Wednesday that the densest smoke from these fires was being reported along the Rio Grande, from McAllen to Del Rio and up into West Texas in the Odessa/Midland area.
Smoke-reduced visibility of about four miles was reported in Midland and Fort Stockton on Wednesday. These two stations also reported the lowest visibility in the state.
Satellite images continue to show intermittent smoke streaming into Texas from the south- southeast, with the heaviest on a line from Veracruz to Tampico in Mexico, to Falcon Lake south of Laredo.
A continued stream of smoke is expected to enter West Texas, the Big Bend and possibly El Paso today and tomorrow.
TNRCC officials continue to advise:
All individuals, especially children, should consider avoiding prolonged physical exertion, even indoors. Some, especially those with respiratory or heart conditions, may want to avoid strenuous activity all together.
Schools again will offer summer meals program
By ROSIE FLORES
The program is offered annuallay during the summer months to children 18 and under currently living withing the P-B-T ISD. The meals will be served at Bessie Haynes Elementary School, 800 E. 11th Street.
"This is free to all children under 18, even those who are just visiting here for the summer," said Food Services Director Helen Miller.
Days of operation will run from next Tuesday, June 2 until July 31. Breakfast will be offered from 7:30 a.m. until 8:30 a.m. and lunch from 11:30 a.m. until 1:30 p.m., Monday through Friday.
Cost for adults will be breakfast, $1.25 and lunch $2.50, for those who would like to eat at the school with their children.
People who are eligible to participate in the program must not be discriminated against because of race, color, national origin, sex, age, disability, religion, or political belief.
Funds sought for Cedar St. flower project
Downtown Pecos Lions Club, in cooperation with a number of businesses, the Sheriff's office and Town of Pecos City, has embarked on a beautification project by planting flowers around trees in planters on South Cedar Street (U.S. 285), between Walthall Street and Interstate 20.
This is for overall beautification, but particularly to get ready for the West of the Pecos Rodeo in July and the expected influx of visitors.
While most of the planters now have flowers, about 10 more need beautification and Richard Crider, president of the Lions Club, is seeking 10 sponsors at a cost of about $50 each.
Anyone interested should contact him at Aluminum Screens & Windows or call the Pecos Chamber of Commerce office (445-2406). Volunteers are also needed to plant the flowers and put in the dirt.
Those who have already sponsored planters and the number of planters they have helped pay for include Anchor West, 4; McDonald's, 3; Wal-Mart, 3; Pecos Business & Professional Women, 2; NAPA Auto Parts, 2; Popular Thriftway, 2; Evening Optimist Club, 2 Big A Auto Parts, 2; and Aluminum Screens & Windows, 2.
Others who've sponsored one planter include Joyce Morton, Golden Girl fund, Women's Division of the chamber, Swiss Clock Inn, Beall's, Color Center, Duke Outdoor, Colt Chevrolet, Pecos Chamber of Commerce, and Greg and Sharon Mitchell.
PHA will try again to meet tonight
An application for CIAP '98 funds will be the topic of discussion at the Pecos Housing Authority Board's meeting which is scheduled for 5 p.m., today at the administration office, 600 Meadowbrook Drive.
The meeting was re-scheduled from last week, due to the lack of a quorum.
The board will discuss fee accountant services, executive director's vacation and read a letter from Eileen Rogers, director of public housing on PHMAP scores for Pecos Housing Authority for 1997.
The cleanup of vacant Airbase lots and removal of idle telephone poles and disposal of idle transformers at the site will be discussed.
A proposal for fee accounting services, from David Land, Lindsey Company will also be discussed.
Other items on the agenda include monthly income and expense reports, accounts payable and occupancy report.
In the Farm Labor Housing portion of the meeting the group will discuss a resolution for the FLH budget for fiscal year, April 1, 1998 to March 31, 1999.
A resolution for fee accountant for FLH project with Lindsey Company will be up for approval.
Also to be discussed will be a resolution to turnover of collection losses on Sonia Wilson Rayos, $111, Esmilda Martinez, $275, Jaime Valenzuela, $33, Maria Serna, $108, Felipe Cabada, $225, Patricia Tapia, $33 plus $238, from a previous balance.
Also on the agenda will be monthly financial statement, monthly account payable, occupancy status and rent roll and cash journal.
Services are incomplete for Salvador "Joge" Matta, 61, of Pecos, who died Wednesday, May 27, 1998, at his residence.
Pecos Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.
High Wednesday 99. Low this morning 67. Forecast for tonight: Fair. Low 65 70. Southeast wind 5-15 mph. Friday, mostly sunny. High around 105. South wind 10-20 mph.
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