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By Gail M. Williams, Muleshoe Journal Correspondent

The regular meeting of Muleshoe City Council was held Mondy, Jan. 15, in Muleshoe City Hall. Unofficial minutes of the meeting follow:
Members present were Mayor Cliff Black, Mayor Pro Tem Colt Ellis, Council Member Austin Bamert and Council Member Earl Behrends.
Council Member Gary Parker was absent.
Others present were Gil Rennels, Channel 6 News; City Attorney Marcus Norris, Underwood Law Firm; Public Works Director Ramon Sanchez; Police Chief Roy Rice; City Manager LeAnn Gallman and City Secretary Zanea Carpenter.
Minutes of the Dec. 11, 2017, meeting were approved.
Behrends moved and Ellis seconded a motion to award the bid of a 2018 dump truck to Summit Truck Group in the amount of $78,611.45 and to finance the purchase of the truck over a three-year term. Motion carried.
Black moved and Behrends seconded a motion to approve the December 31, 2017, Investment Summary and financial statement. Motion carried.
Administrative reports included:
Bids were opened on Thursday, Jan. 11, for the ground storage tanks. After bids were reviewed a decision was made to re-bid the project. New bids will be opened on March 1 and will be brought to council at the March 12 meeting.
Work has begun on the new lift station.
The new hangar at the airport will be completed in the next week. The city will begin to collect rent on that hangar February 1.
The conversion of the airport apartment to a pilot lounge is nearing completion. A courtesy car has been awarded to the city and will be placed at the airport after completion of the pilot lounge.
Kasey Coker, director of Economic Development, has been elected president of the Muleshoe Chamber of Commerce. The Chamber of Commerce membership breakfast will be at 7:30 a.m. Thursday, Jan. 25, at the Bailey County Electric Meeting Room.
Thank you to Bailey County Electric, Five Area Telephone, and Xcel Energy for assisting the City of Muleshoe Public Works Department in putting up and taking down Christmas decorations.
Election process has begun. Applications for a place on the ballot can be filed through February 16. Council will order elections at the Feb. 12 meeting.
Mayor and Council remarks included:
n Thanks to the Muleshoe Police Department for their efforts in patrolling around our local churches on Sunday mornings.
n Bailey County Junior Livestock Show is this weekend.

Rhea Gonzales


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