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The regular meeting of the Muleshoe City Council was held at 5:30 p.m. July 12 in City Hall Council Chambers. Mayor Colt Ellis, Mayor Pro-Tem Earl Behrends and council members Lupe Mendoza, Crystal Alercon and Gary Parker were present.

Council allowed time to receive public comment concerning the 2020 Consumer Confidence Report. No action was required or taken on the report. Council members commented that Muleshoe received an award for the best-tasting water in the area, as it had for several previous years.

A motion to approve the minutes from the June 14 meeting was made, seconded and unanimously approved.

Council considered Resolution R-777-0721 Approving funding by MEDC for the Walking Trail Solar Project 1st Reading for the completion of the project. City Manager Ramon Sanchez said Muleshoe Economic Development Corporation board has approved the funding, and they recommend the resolution pass. The resolution will become official with the 2nd reading set for the August agenda. A motion to approve the resolution was made, seconded and unanimously approved.

A motion to receive Investment Summary and Financial Statement for the month ending June 30, 2021, was made, seconded and unanimously approved.

In Administrative Reports, Sanchez announced:

  1. Staff attended the TML Region III Meeting virtually on June 24.
  2. Movie in the Park is set for Thursday, July 15. “The Croods” will be showing.
  3. City of Muleshoe swimming pool party will be at 7:30 p.m., Monday, July 26.
  4. The city offers congratulations and thanks to the Muleshoe Chamber of Commerce for a successful July 4th Celebration as well as thanks to the City of Muleshoe Public Works Department, Police Department and Fire Department for all their hard work during the celebration.

Sanchez said the celebration had a great turnout coming back from COVID, and that the weather cooperated.

Behrends commented that we take Muleshoe’s celebration for granted, saying his kids in Abilene had high hopes for the Fourth.

“They went down there, and nobody was sitting on curb, nobody standing on the streets. They thought they were in the wrong place, but they weren’t. The parade started and was over in about two minutes.”

Sanchez said Muleshoe is known for a great Fourth of July, adding, “The fireworks were excellent again. They always are, so we’d like to thank those guys.”

Alarcon asked why the fireworks were moved from where they were last year, and Sanchez responded that because of all the rain on previous days, the spot where they normally are was too wet.

Following a budget work session, the meeting adjourned.

Gail M. Williams

Muleshoe Journal Correspondent

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