A heated discussion ensued and a re-vote split the council in a 3-3 tie, thereby causing the ordinance to fail. When it did, applause broke out from the many neighbors in attendance.
City officials further determined the man could pave the street, if he wanted to pay for it, but could not build anything on the land.
To round out the meeting, Mineral Wells Police Chief Dean Sullivan presented an ordinance amending the city’s previous ordinances and code concerning animals. This was the culmination of a long road that began in mid-July, when the local Saldana family lost two dogs that were taken to the pound and then euthanized before the family could retrieve them.
The amended ordinance was well received and earned unanimous approval from council members.
In other business, the council unanimously approved:
• A specific-use permit to operate a restaurant (taqueria) on S.E. 22nd Avenue.
• A specific-use permit to operate a taxidermist studio on SE 9th Avenue. The studio would serve exclusively as a store front with the actual taxidermy happening at a remote location.
• An encroachment agreement between the City of Mineral Wells and Palo Pinto General Hospital for street closures associated with construction of PPGH’s medical office building.
• Authorization for the City Manager or his designee to negotiate a contract with a selected architectural firm for roofing design and project services. This was concerning repairs from the hail storm earlier this year that resulted in between $200,000 and $500,000 of damage.