Council praised for hard work

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The Fort Stockton City Council met on Tuesday, Jan. 14 for their bimonthly meeting, and City Manager Frank Rodriguez III took the opportunity to recognize the city council and the mayor for their public service.

“A lot of people don't realize what a tough job the city council it is,” he said.

He also recognized Public Works Director Aaron Ramos for helping with all the moving parts connected with the landfill, water and infrastructure.

“He has done a tremendous job for the city,” said Rodriguez.

Ramos has many licenses and qualifications that make him able to perform a wide variety of jobs around the city.

“He's a great guy,” said Rodriguez.

Rodriguez also mentioned the focus of 2020 will be streets.

The city has been working on purchasing equipment that will speed and ease the street projects.

The city is looking at 36 months to complete work on 80 miles of streets.

Mike Ureta Jr. was not present.

In other news:

• The council agreed on a $250,000 expenditure from the Fort Stockton Economic Development Bureau to help with the finalization of the Fort Stockton Community Theatre. Executive Director Remie Ramos said that it is in line with the plans to revitalize the historic part of downtown.

• The council approved a tree/brush mulching contract with R.O.W. Maintenance, Inc. for the new city landfill. This will be $66,500 for 140 acres.

• The council approved a proposal from West of the Pecos Consulting Engineers for consulting services for various projects in the city.

• The council approved the purchase of a Volvo soil compactor from Sourcewell with Buyboard Government Purchasing Cooperative for $131,164. They were having to borrow one in the past.

• The city and Waterbridge Resources LLC mutually agreed to terminate the water purchase agreement put in place July 18, 2017.

• The council agreed to authorize the city manager to identify residential and commercial water rates for accounts outside of the city limits with Pecos County Water Control and Improvement District #1. “We have the capabilities of providing them water,” said Rodriguez.

• The council appointed Amber McFall to the Keep Historic Fort Stockton Beautiful Board.

• The council appointed Marina Cantu to the city secretary position, filling the position vacated by the retirement of Delma Gonzalez.

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