City of Pampa approves three items for various projects

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The City of Pampa Commissioners approved three items for various projects on Monday afternoon during a regularly-scheduled meeting.

The first bid was for rooftop air conditioning units for M.K. Brown Civic Center/Auditorium to Larry Baker Plumbing, Heating and Air Conditioning. This bid was for $179,535.

“These units were actually for the Heritage Room at M.K. Brown,” Director of Community Services Dustin Miller said. “They were replaced in roughly 1990-91. So they are roughly 30 years old.

“We’ve had to put a whole bunch of money into them and it’s to the point now where the cost to fix them is about the same to replace. We have air to get us through the summer. But in the fall, we don’t have any heat.”

Larry Baker Plumbing was the only bid to come back and D. Miller said it was under the budgeted cost.

The next bid approved was to Scott Wampler Construction for Phase II of the Waterline Replacement Project.

“This was for the original block grant we received,” Director of Public Works Gary Turley said. “The original bid came in a lot lower than what we anticipated so we added another phase, which will be another block to improve the water-line. Scott Wampler is who has it now, they were the low bid on this. It just makes it easier when the same contractor is doing all of the work.”

The final bid approved was for a proposal from Open Range Engineer Services, PLLC for project oversite of the Armory remodel project.

“This is just an agreement with Open Range Engineering divided into two categories,” D. Miller said. “The first part is overseeing the project. They will oversee everything and act as a general contractor. The other half is to provide some material for the renovation.”

City Manager Shane Stokes said it’s a “pretty good deal.”

Concerned citizen Christine Duran Miller spoke during the public comment portion of the meeting, stressing again the issues she has had with a neighboring squatter.

“I’m going to quit the fight,” C. Miller said. “On your table are ashes. As we were at the meeting last time, Connie Roth had a fire at her house and we had ashes on three different houses. We did call the police and there were other things that were permitted and shown.

“I can’t do the fight anymore. I’m going to protect my own and protect my house in any way that I have to. I have lost all faith and lost everything I have ever thought about Texas. I can’t handle the fight. I can’t do two fights at one time. My house is too important to me.”

The Commissioners also approved the following:

• Minutes of the May 9, 2022, Regular Commission Meeting.

• List of Disbursements dated April 2022. Commissioner Jimmy Keough abstained from the vote due to a conflict of interest.

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