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The regular meeting of the Muleshoe City Council was held at 5:30 p.m. Monday, June 13, at City Hall. Members present were Gary Parker, Lupe Mendoza and Crystal Alercon. Mayor Pro-Tem Earl Behrends presided in the absence of Mayor Colt Ellis.

Others present were Gil Rennels, Channel 6; Public Works Director Juan Flores; Police Chief Benny Parker; City Manager Ramon Sanchez and City Secretary Zanea Carpenter.

Parker moved and Mendoza seconded a motion to approve the minutes of the May 9 council meeting. Motion carried.

Council considered a motion to approve the Revised Drought Contingency Plan. Sanchez said TCQ (Texas Commission on Environmental Quality) requires that the city’s drought contingency plan be reviewed by council annually and that revisions be made every five years. Sanchez and staff reviewed the plan and made minor revisions on April 30. Taking the current drought into consideration, Sanchez and staff looked through the plan and looked ahead to make certain it was in compliance.

“We could possibly be going through some water restrictions, but we’re not there yet,” he said. “Our water system’s doing good, but that could change. If we need to issue those restrictions, along with the mayor, we’ll decide that’s what we need to do.”

Parker moved and Mendoza seconded the motion to approve the Revised Drought Contingency Plan. Motion carried.

Behrends moved and Parker seconded a motion to receive the May 31 Financial Statement. Motion carried. Sanchez said if anyone has any questions about the financials, the city will be more than happy to answer them.

Administrative reports included:

a. Staff attended the Muleshoe Chamber of Commerce banquet on May 21.

b. The Muleshoe Water Park opened on May 31 with 389 admissions for the first day. Since the pool’s capacity is 300, pool employees carried out their one in–one out policy. Pool attendance has been good at close to 400 people every day.

c. Youth Fishing Day took place at Lake Muleshoe on Saturday, June 4. Ninety-two fishermen were registered and one or two adults came with them. The largest fish caught was 25 5/8 in. Several fish measured at 24 or 25 inches. Fish are still available to be caught.

“It’s kind of unheard of to go fishing in Muleshoe, Texas, but that happens. We invite you to come out,” Sanchez said.

d. Movie in the Park showed “Encanto” on June 16 at the new City Park. Movies start at dusk. People bring their own lawn chairs and blankets. Concession stands offer popcorn, drinks and treats.

e. The Muleshoe Public Library began their Summer Reading Program on June 1. The program continues through the end of the month.

f. Staff and council have completed required cyber security training for another year.

g. The TML Region III meeting will be at 5:30 p.m. June 23 at the old County Line Restaurant at Spirit Ranch in Lubbock.

h. The City Pool party will be Monday, June 27, at the Muleshoe Water Park. Everyone is invited to come and join in.

i. A budget work session will be held July 11 at the end of the regular council meeting. Those who have questions or concerns should contact the city manager.

In mayor and council remarks, Behrends reported he had visited Red Cardinal Coffee, the new coffee shop in town, which is owned by council member Alarcon. Alarcon said the business has received many customers from outside the Muleshoe area, including Austin, Houston, Dallas, Las Vegas and Oklahoma. She pointed out that Muleshoe is a definite stopping point, and that customers said they found the coffee shop on Google.

“It’s nice for all Muleshoe businesses that we have people coming through here and stopping,” she said.

The meeting adjourned.

Gail M. Williams

Muleshoe Journal Correspondent

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