By CHRIS AGEE
Despite opposing votes from two Mineral Wells City Council members Tuesday, an amendment to the lease agreement between the City and Hydroscience Technologies was ultimately approved.
The company, which has been using a building in the west portion of the Downing maintenance facility since a fire destroyed its building in 2008, is currently in a month-to-month tenancy agreement with the City.
For that reason, company officials felt it was appropriate for the City to pay for needed electrical and air conditioning repairs.
After considering the request, city staff agreed to allow Hydroscience to receive a pro-rated rent deferral over the next six months to recoup the cost of repairs.
City Attorney George Gault prepared the lease amendment and City Manager Lance Howerton said city staff recommended approving the accommodation.
Councilwoman Tammy Underwood expressed concern about the remnants of the company's destroyed business, calling it an "eyesore."
In response, Howerton said he would speak with city building officials in an effort to move forward with either rebuilding or dismantling the structure.
Four council members voted to approve the amendment with Underwood and Councilman Thomas Lively opposing.