Mineral Wells Index, Mineral Wells, TX

January 18, 2013

City votes on airport work & curfew


Mineral Wells Index

— By CHRIS AGEE



Mineral Wells City Council members voted Tuesday to approve two resolutions furthering the Mineral Wells Aviation Business Center project.

One part of the program – connecting the taxiway of Runway 13/31 with the Downing heliport – is already complete.

City Manager Lance Howerton explained, recommending a marketing services agreement designed to promote the project. City council members voted 3-0, with Mayor Mike Allen and council member Tammy Underwood abstaining, to authorize the agreement between the city and Cool City Electronics Inc.

The company designed a multimedia, eight-month campaign to market the project and attract attention to airport properties currently for lease.

Council also approved an amendment to the lease between the city and Hydroscience Technologies Inc., which has used the west end of the Downing maintenance hangar since a fire destroyed its facility in 2008.

The amendment would allow Hydroscience to remain at the location but permits the city to market the property to potential aviation-related tenants. The amendment provides the company time to react should the city find a tenant and allows Howerton to terminate the existing lease on April 30.

Howerton presented information about the community's curfew ordinance affecting minors, explaining it must be re-evaluated every three years.

The current ordinance is set to expire Feb. 2 and Howerton recommended approving its continuation.

There were no comments from the public during a hearing and council voted unanimously to approve the recommendation.

Mineral Wells Police Chief Dean Sullivan presented a three-year summary of curfew citations and juvenile arrests. Both categories saw increases in each consecutive year.

The curfew applies to anyone under 17 years of age and Sunday–Thursday extends from 11 p.m. until 6 a.m. the following morning. The curfew is from 12:01 a.m. to 6 a.m. on Saturday and Sunday.

The code also lists several exceptions, including juveniles accompanied by a parent or guardian, work responsibilities and emergencies.

City council voted to reject the two bids submitted for the demolition of several condemned structures and authorized city staff to re-advertise for bids.

The bids received were higher than usual and exceeded the city's yearly budget for demolitions, Howerton explained.

Council members approved appointments to the Mineral Wells Housing Authority Committee. As the terms of Carl Turner and Eva Davis are set to expire at the end of the month, city staff recommended re-appointing them and appointing Patricia Pilgrim and Diana Miller to fill two vacancies on the committee.