BY GAIL M. WILLIAMS
Muleshoe Journal Correspondent
The regular meeting of the Muleshoe City Council took place at City Hall on June 8.
Present were Mayor Cliff Black and council members Earl Behrends, Lupe Mendoza, Colt Ellis and Gary Parker. Also present were City Secretary Zanea Carpenter, City Manager Ramon Sanchez, Gil Lamb from Gil Lamb Advertising, EDC Director Carina Reyes and Chief of Police Gary McHone.
Carpenter administered the oath of office to Gary Parker, District 4 council member, who was recently re-elected.
Minutes from the May 11 meeting were unanimously approved.
The council considered Ordinance O520-0620 Amending Chapter 3 Itinerant Vendors and Peddlers of the Code of Ordinances. Sanchez said door-to-door solicitors or canvassers would be limited to certain times of the day, from 9 a.m. to 7 p.m. Monday through Friday and 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday. No permits will be issued for Sunday.
The amendment also streamlines due process for obtaining a permit.
“Right now if you come in to City Hall and apply for a permit, we ask you to go to the police department and register with them,” Sanchez said. “We’re going to flip it.”
Solicitors will start the application process with a background check at the police department.
“If everything’s clear, PD will recommend that you be issued a permit, you’ll come to City Hall and pay for a permit,” Sanchez said.
Behrends asked whether the process encompasses food wagons. Sanchez said no, adding that anything having to do with food products is regulated by the state through the food health department.
The amendment passed unanimously.
The council considered approving a Non-Resident Membership classification for the Muleshoe Country Club.
Black explained that through the city’s agreement with the Country Club, the city approves membership classification. Non-resident membership classification designates a refundable initiation fee of $200 and a monthly fee of $75 for anyone that lives more than 65 miles from the golf course.
Sanchez said the golf course has seen an increase in players, and the Country Club decided many of people from out of town would like to use the course.
Parker remarked that a lot of people who were in town for a wedding were surprised at what good shape the golf course is in.
“This prompted someone to say they really want to come back, and if there’s a membership that comes with it just to play golf. I think it’s a good deal for the club,” he said.
The motion to approve non-resident membership for the club passed unanimously.
Council considered recommendations from the Muleshoe Economic Development Corporation to fill two vacancies on the board of directors. EDC recommended the appointment of David Marricle and Heather Garcia for two-year terms.
The recommendations passed unanimously.
The financial statement for the month ending May 31, 2020, was approved unanimously.
In administrative reports, Sanchez announced that Muleshoe Water Park would open at 1 p.m. June 9 for the 2020 season. Attendance is limited to 150 patrons.
“We will revisit (COVID-19) restrictions at the end of the month if there are any new protocols from the governor and see where we are.”
Sanchez said state guidelines recommend 50 percent occupancy and social distancing, “Not so much in the water itself, where chlorine will kill the virus. It’s more the distances that folks that are around the pool.”
The pool will follow State of Texas general guidelines and take extra precautions.
“Masks are available if anybody likes one, concession stand workers will have gloves, and there’ll be some sanitizer as well,” Sanchez said. “So we’re taking those types of precautions for folks.”
Youth Fishing Derby will be Saturday, June 20, at Lake Muleshoe.
“Today we printed the flyers and we’re setting them out at different locations,” Sanchez said.
Council gave credit to the folks who helped set up the fishing derby.
“The fish come out of fish and wildlife hatchery in Oklahoma,” Sanchez said. “They kind of raised those fish for us, knowing we’re going to do this. That’s what they do.”
Movie in the Park will be at dusk on June 18. The scheduled movie is “Ferdinand.” The city plans to host the event every third Thursday in June, July and August.
“People have a lot of fun. It’s free, so come join us,” Sanchez said. “There’s no concession stand, so bring your own snacks. Hopefully, by July and August, we’ll have a concession stand there.”
Muleshoe Area Public Library started their “Summer Reading Program” on Monday, June 1.
The Muleshoe Chamber of Commerce plans to hold the traditional July 4 parade and celebration with fireworks and vendors. However, no events will be held at the Courthouse, and no candy will be thrown during the parade.
“Hopefully, people will practice safety guidelines and put a little distance between them,” Sanchez said. “We felt like (the parade) was something we needed to do.”
In his remarks, Black thanked Sanchez and his staff for their assistance with Movie at the Park.
Black also read a thank-you note from Muleshoe Independent School District.
The note, addressed to the City of Muleshoe in care of Ramon Sanchez, thanked the city for their collaboration, cooperation, effectiveness and unity during the recent graduation ceremony.
“We’re so grateful for the wonderful planning and even the last-minute adjustments that were communicated to keep our community safe and healthy,” the note said.
“We really appreciate the school sending that note. That’s really nice,” Black said.
The council went into an executive Budget Work Session, and the meeting later adjourned.