Mineral Wells Index, Mineral Wells, TX

Top Stories

May 9, 2013

City Council says ‘no’ to motorist's claim


Mineral Wells City Council members voted Tuesday to uphold the initial denial of a claim filed by a local resident whose car was damaged after striking an exposed manhole cover earlier this year.

The incident occurred when Alicia Francis was driving near the intersection of Alexander and Hood Road, according to City Manager Lance Howerton. Though the worksite was covered with gravel, the streets department had not yet patched the cut with asphalt. The Texas Municipal League Intergovernmental Risk Pool denied Francis' claim based on the opinion the City had no prior knowledge of the hazard.

She appeared before council twice to appeal the decision, initially providing a number of email correspondences from colleagues who confirmed they either saw or almost struck the manhole cover themselves.

When her claim was again denied by the TMLIRP, she addressed council during an April 16 meeting and explained city workers were near the scene and witnessed the incident. Before voting to revisit the issue at a later date, council members instructed staff to determine if the workers actually saw the incident.

"That was what was requested of staff at the last meeting so that is what has been provided," Howerton said Tuesday, presenting a letter from Public Works Director Bobby Baker indicating none of the members of the crew were aware of the condition of the manhole. The three workers also signed statements to the same effect.

"We need to go with what the insurance company said and deny the claim," said Councilwoman Tammy Underwood.

Councilman Rick Bennett, who previously recommended tabling the issue to further investigate the situation and expressed concern for Francis' circumstance, applauded Baker for his effort.

"We have the best city workers anywhere and I trust them implicitly," he said.

Council voted unanimously to affirm the TMLIRP's claim denial.

Text Only
Top Stories
  • 0720 one geese IMG_0387.jpg Wild goose hunt?

    A large flock of Canadian geese that have roosted at Holiday Hills Country Club might have management stuck like a duck.

    July 29, 2014 1 Photo

  • 0731 TFT stage.JPG Setting the stage

    Texas Frontier Trails is, well, once again on the trail.

    July 29, 2014 1 Photo 1 Link

  • budget cover.jpg Optimism in numbers

    Next year's proposed budget seeds optimism for Mineral Well's growth.

    July 29, 2014 1 Photo

  • Hearing set for second fire district proposal

    PALO PINTO – Palo Pinto County Commissioners set a date for a hearing to place a petition on the Nov. 4 general election ballot to create a second Emergency Services District.

    July 29, 2014

  • Inquiry made on housing children at CCA

    An inquiry about housing at the former Corrections Corporation of America facility at Wolters Industrial Park some of the thousands of unaccompanied children who have crossed illegally into the United States seems to be nothing more than that, at least for now.

    July 28, 2014 2 Stories

  • Woman killed in one-vehicle wreck

    SALESVILLE – A Mineral Wells woman died Friday after she crashed her car into a brick retaining wall near Hilltop Road.

    July 28, 2014

  • bryan joyner1.jpg Back on the beat

    It is never too late to start a music career – or restart one as the case may be. For Mineral Wells High School Class of 1989 graduate Bryan Adam Joyner, restarting his is the case. He is once again making a strong push to get his music into the mainstream while performing wherever he can.

    July 27, 2014 1 Photo 1 Link


    Teenagers seem to voraciously consume YouTube videos, whether watching Miley Cyrus and Pharrell’s latest pop music sensation, Jimmy Fallon and Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson’s workout spoof or skateboarders wiping out.

    July 27, 2014

  • Barbara Dews and compost.jpg Inspectors return to health products company

    Texas Department of State Health Services inspectors arrived Wednesday to investigate a Mineral Wells-based natural health products manufacturer, Metro Chem Associates, as part of ongoing Attorney General’s probe into the company’s operations.

    July 26, 2014 1 Photo

  • kitchen fire.jpg Kitchen fire damages county home

    PALO PINTO COUNTY – For Garen Wyatt, of Mineral Wells, mid-morning Thursday turned into one of those days in which a few minutes proved the tipping point between bad and devastating.

    July 24, 2014 1 Photo

Featured Ads

Click on a photo to see our SmugMug photos

Seasonal Content
AP Video
US Ready to Slap New Sanctions on Russia Kerry: Not Worried About Israeli Criticism Boater Rescued From Edge of Kentucky Dam Girl Struck by Plane on Florida Beach Dies Rodents Rampant in Gardens Around Louvre House to Vote on Slimmed-down Bill for Border Looming Demand Could Undercut Flight Safety Raw: 2 Shells Hit Fuel Tank at Gaza Power Plant Raw: Massive Explosions From Airstrikes in Gaza Giant Ketchup Bottle Water Tower Up for Sale Easier Nuclear Construction Promises Fall Short Kerry: Humanitarian Cease-fire Efforts Continue Raw: Corruption Trial Begins for Former Va Gov. The Carbon Trap: US Exports Global Warming Traditional African Dishes Teach Healthy Eating
Hyperlocal Search
Premier Guide
Find a business

Walking Fingers
Maps, Menus, Store hours, Coupons, and more...
Premier Guide

Click HERE to read all your Parade favorites including Hollywood Wire, Celebrity interviews and photo galleries, Food recipes and cooking tips, Games and lots more.