City Commissioners recognize long-term employees

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The Pampa City Commissioners met on Monday afternoon for a regularly-scheduled meeting.

During the meeting, the Commissioners recognized the following employees for their years of service:

• Five years: Ivy Noble, Anita Webb, Latham Daughtry, Johnny Price, Pete Solorzano, Jeanine Cooley and Ashton Fisher.

• 10 years: Kevin Webb, Jon Hammond, Tracy Stroud, Kevin Grimes and Tyler Hooper.

• 25 years: Jesse Hanes.

Earlier in the meeting, concerned citizen Tanner Dyer asked the City if they had a plan for the change in traffic should Pampa Independent School District re-configure the elementary schools.

“Kids safety in the mornings (may be in jeopardy) with the increased traffic volume with staggered start times and parents making multiple stops at multiple campuses,” Dyer said. “A lot of our schools are in and around neighborhoods and a lot of kids walking to school. Does the City have the infrastructure or has their been a plan made for [if PISD does re-configure the schools]?”

Mayor Lance DeFever told Dyer the City would keep that in mind and watch the situation.

The Commissioners were also introduced to Barbara Stucker, who will take the place of the retiring Karen Price as the City Secretary. The City of Pampa put out the following release on Stucker:

“The City of Pampa is excited to announce that Barbara Stucker has been named City Secretary.

“Stucker moved to Pampa four years ago to be closer to family. She originally resides from Stillwater, Oklahoma. After moving to Pampa, she began working as a Deputy for the Gray County clerk. During this time Stucker worked directly under the County Clerk alongside County officials. Stucker will be replacing, Karen Price who has served as City Secretary since June of 2007.

“Stucker was quoted “I count it a huge honor and privilege to be chosen for this position. I know I have some big shoes to fill. Karen Price has represented our community very well for over 20 years! I am so excited to be here and feel so blessed to be able to serve my community as the City Secretary.”

“Stucker is married to her husband Brad and they have one son, Palmer.

The Commissioners approved the following items:

• Awarding the Construction Contract for the City of Pampa Waterline Replacement Project TxCDBG No. 7220350 to the lowest bidder, Scott Wampler Construction Services, in the amount of $170,765.00, which includes all Base Bid Proposal items. Director of Public Works, Gary Turley, said the total grant for the project is $330,000 with the State’s portion being $275,000 and Pampa’s portion being $55,000. Turley said would like to change the bid to the alternate bid from the Scott Wampler Construction Services to $185,961. Changing the bid would allow for them the City to use more of the grant funding. City Manager Shane Stokes said the project is for water-line replacement on Faulkner Street and Montagu Street near the intersection of Hobart and Alcock Streets.

• Minutes of the November 22, 2021 Regular Commission Meeting and the December 6, 2021 Public Hearings/Special City Commission Meeting as presented.

• Absence of Commissioner Bryan Fisher from the November 22, 2021 Regular Commission Meeting.

• Authorizing the City Manager to enter into and execute a maintenance contract with Otis Elevator Company for maintenance and management services for elevators located at

City Hall and Lovett Memorial Library.

• Adopting Resolution No. R21-038, a Resolution by the City Commission continuing Executive Order GA-34 and extending to January 10, 2022, the City of Pampa Declaration of Local Disaster Order.

• Resolution No. R21-039, a Resolution by the City Commission authorizing the submission of a FY 2022 Regional Solid Waste Grant Program application to the Panhandle Regional Planning Commission (PRPC) and authorize the City Manager to represent the City in all matters pertaining to this application.

• Second and final reading Ordinance No. 1759, an Ordinance of the City Commission of the City of Pampa, Texas designating a certain contiguous geographic area in the City as “Tax Increment Reinvestment Zone #1 - Downtown Pampa” (TIRZ 1);

• Establishing a Board of Directors for such Reinvestment Zone; creating a Tax Increment Fund for the Zone; provide for an effective date and termination date for the Zone; and containing other provisions related thereto.

• Second and final reading Ordinance No. 1760, an Ordinance by the City

• Rezoning request from Open Range Development, LLC to rezone from Single Family 2 to Commercial, all of Lots 10 through 18, Block 2 of the Edwin Park Subdivision to the City of Pampa, Texas.

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