Three honored by council


The Fort Stockton City Council met Tuesday Oct. 8 for their bimonthly meeting and recognized two city employees and one resident.

Gas Department Utility Worker III Ruben Ramirez has retired and was recognized for 22 years of service.

“It is with great sadness I announce this retirement,” said Mayor Chris Alexander. “We're going to miss him greatly.”

Andres Madrid was given an honorary citizen award for his service to education and to the community. Madrid attends many city and county events and livestreams each for his almost 4,000 Facebook friends.

“I really truly believe in this town and what it has to offer,” he said. “We're all in it together.”

Utility Worker II Victor Castillo was given a certificate of recognition for his exemplary job performance at the city landfill.

“I enjoy everyday working at the landfill,” said Castillo. “I'm glad to be working with the city of Fort Stockton.”

In other news:

• Street Supervisor Roy Mendoza gave an update on completed street projects in 2019. The work included crack sealing on Nelson, 5th, and Main streets; the painting of handicap parking spaces downtown; mowing grass in the center of alleys, and picking up bulky items like furniture that has been discarded on the side of the road. Milling was done on deteriorating streets to help each last. The streets included South Oklahoma, North Rooney, and East 18th.

• Council members accepted a proposal for the repairs and rehabilitation of Officers' Quarters No. 7 to Bruce Moore Construction.

The building has been shifting at a rate of a ½-inch every week due to the rains. The cost of the project will be $165,340, higher than the original estimate of $150,000.

• The council approved a payment of $86,018.64 for Nelson-Lewis for the 30-inch water transmission line.

• The council approved a grant of $50,000 from the Convention and Visitor's Bureau to complete a study regarding the restoration of Comanche Springs.

The project was presented by Sharlene Leurig, Chief Executive Officer of the Texas Water Trade.

She wants to look at restoring flow of the springs starting in the Belding area. She has been working with the Middle Pecos Groundwater Conservation District who voiced their support for the project.

The study's first step will be to bring in a contractor to do laser-based mapping. An instrument will be installed down stream of the Comanche Springs Pool to gauge water so a hydrogeologist may better understand pumping from the Belding Station in relation to flow.

“This is one of the most exciting restoration projects in the United States,” said Leurig.

The CVB granted the funds because of the tourism potential of getting the springs flowing.

Leurig wants to get the work done by the end of the year.

Water enthusiast Kirby Warnock said that he is in favor of the project because it will give measurable data instead of speculation.

“We can find out the truth and see where it leads,” he said.

The end goal of the project is to recommend the most effective market design for permanently reducing groundwater pumping to achieve spring flow.

They also hope to capitalize that market.

Leurig is hosting a community event where people can come and ask questions about the project.

The event will be at the Large Community Hall at Rooney Park, S. Spring Drive on Oct. 29 at 6 p.m.

The Fort Stockton City Council meets the second and fourth Tuesday at 5:30 p.m. At 121 West Second Street.