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February 16, 2014

Meet the Baker’s half-dozen

Public encouraged to attend city council meeting to learn more about project

Public encouraged

to attend city council meeting to learn more about project


The process of reviving the long-dormant Baker Hotel has been set in motion, but on the eve of such a momentous undertaking, the Mineral Wells City Council seems to understand that many citizens are craving more information.

Ready to satisfy the public’s collective appetites, City officials have extended an invitation to all Mineral Wells citizens to attend the upcoming City Council meeting, Tuesday, Feb. 18, at 6 p.m. for an exclusive opportunity to receive more information about the Baker project and how the proposed 4b sales tax proposal fits into the financing, ask questions and even meet the Baker’s half-dozen.

City Manager Lance Howerton said six prominent members of the Baker Development Team – Laird Fairchild, Chad Patton, Kurt Thiel, Jeff Trigger, Mark Rawlings and Brent Ryan – have all been asked to attend the meeting to give a brief presentation and answer questions. Howerton said he is hopeful that all six men will be able to attend so that the public will finally be able to see the people they’ve read about and put faces to the Baker project.

“If the general public has any questions or if they have not seen information regarding the project, this will be an opportunity to receive information, ask questions and just get more familiar with the project as it is proposed,” Howerton said. “The purpose of this, as well, is to give the public an opportunity to become familiar with the entire project before the council makes a decision whether or not to put the 4b sales tax proposition on the May election ballot.”

In addition to the Baker Development Team, representatives from First Southwest and McCall, Prakhurst and Horton will also be in attendance to make presentations regarding the project in open session.

This meeting, like most City Council meetings, will be held at the City Hall Annex at 115 SW 1st Avenue.

The public is encouraged to come ready to listen and ask questions as Mineral Wells inches ever closer to restoring the historic Baker Hotel beyond its former glory.

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