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The regular meeting of the Muleshoe City Council was held at 5:30 p.m. Monday, July 11, at City Hall. Members present were Mayor Colt Ellis, and members Gary Parker, Lupe Mendoza and Crystal Alercon. Mayor Pro-Tem Earl Behrends was absent.

Council opened the meeting to receive public comment concerning the 2021 Consumer Confidence Report. City manager Raul Sanchez said the state requires that the public be invited to make comments on the report regarding information on the quality of the city’s drinking water. The report is available on the city’s website.

Ellis asked whether Sanchez was pleased with all the results of the tests, and Sanchez said he was.

A motion to approve the report was made, seconded and approved.

Council approved the minutes from the public hearing on June 13 as well as the minutes of the regular council meeting on June 13.

Council considered awarding a construction bid for the HOME Program #1002804 to Build Kingdom, Lubbock, Texas, for the address 501 E 5th. Sanchez said the city solicited bids to the HOME program during the month of May. At the council meeting, they awarded the bid to Build Kingdom for two of those homes. This action was for the third home, which had been continued to the month of July.

A motion to award the bid to Build Kingdom was made, seconded and approved.

Council considered receiving the Investment Summary and Financial Statement for the month ending June 30, 2022. Black raised the question of whether bank rates had increased. Sanchez said the rates were starting to come up.

“They’re doing better than the local banks; therefore, we were doing better here locally. Here recently, they’ve started to increase,” Sanchez said.

“Banks have been increasing on loans, but they have not increased the city rates at all,” Black said. “It’s a disgrace.”

A motion to receive the Investment Summary and Financial Statement was made, seconded and approved.

In administrative reports:

  1. Staff and council attended the TML Region III Meeting in Lubbock on June 23 at Spirit Ranch. Sanchez said it was the best turnout they’ve had in years, and there was good information.
  2. “The Greatest Showman” will be shown at Movie in the Park on July 21. The public is invited to come out, bring a lawn chair, take advantage of the concession stand and enjoy a movie under the stars.
  3. Congratulations and thanks were offered to the Muleshoe Chamber of Commerce for a successful July 4th Celebration. Sanchez also thanked the public works department, the police department and the fire department for all their hard work during the celebration.

In council remarks, Parker thanked the city for the swimming party last month. City staff, council and family members were invited, and there was a good turnout.

The council adjourned for a Budget Work Session and later adjourned the meeting.

Gail M. Williams

Muleshoe Journal


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