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March 29, 2001

Annexation plan by city continues despite suit threat

Staff Writer

PECOS, March 29, 2001 - The Town of Pecos City Council authorized the City Manager Carlos Yerena and the City Attorney Scott Johnson to proceed with a proposed annexation process for the city, during a workshop held at noon Wednesday at City Hall.

The step is the latest by the city as part of a plan to annex parcels of land that are not part of Pecos, but are surrounded by other sections of the city. A number of residents on those sections of land have threatened to file lawsuits over the annexation plan.

During the meeting, Johnson explained to the council that the city needs to put together a long-range annexation plan in order to allow the city to grow.

"We're going to need a long-range plan for annexation," he said.

Johnson said that he and Yerena recommend that the council authorize them to draft an annexation plan, adding that, "My suggestion is that the council have more input."

Yerena explained that the state has a mandate that the city must have an annexation plan, and told the council that having such a plan would allow Pecos to better prepare for future annexations and where they could provide city services to the community.

"We're preparing the city so we can continue to grow in an orderly manner," he said. "Because we want to reverse the trend of people leaving."

Yerena said that the annexation plan would help the city grow in the future.

"We're talking about looking at long term growth," he said, adding, "It gives us a greater chance to be eligible for and receive federal and state grants."

Johnson said that there are some properties that the city would be able to annex at this time that would be exempt from the long-range plan.

Yerena said that the city is going to continue to pursue annexing properties under the exemption of areas that are less than 100 tracks of property.

Johnson explained to the council that the annexation process would begin again, which would take about a year before any property is actually placed inside to Pecos' city limits.

Yerena said that the city would need to study the tracks of property under consideration, identify what needs to be annexed and then meet with the council.

"At that point the council has to approve a resolution to hold public meetings," he said.

During Wednesday's meeting, Yerena said that the city would probably face litigation due to the proposed annexations.

"We're looking also at the fact that there's going to be litigation," he said.

Yerena said that by annexing the city would provide the property owners water, sewer and disposal services at half the rate they are currently charged, as well as fire and police protection.

He said that currently the county residence do have fire department protection but not police protection.

"Areas outside the city limits do not receive that," he said.

During a Feb. 14 hearing on the city's annexation plan, local attorney Walter Holcomb, representing several community members, told the council that if they vote to continue the annexation plan, they should prepare for a lawsuit.

Johnson said that the city would not respond to threats and told Holcomb to begin the paperwork for the lawsuit.

Landowner Hugh Box told the council that the annexation would not help businesses by adding more taxes.

"It's not really going to help businesses in Pecos," he said. "You wanted Pecos to grow, we're going to have to clean it up."

Other residents who could be affected by annexation voiced concerns that if the land that their animals are housed on becomes part of Pecos they would be subject to tougher city ordinances.

Johnson said that a grandfather clause would go into effect once the annexation ordinance was passed, and that any animals legally housed on land right now could continue to be housed legally.

Radio station's format change moves country onto AM dial

Staff Writer

PECOS, March 29, 2001 - Radio listeners tuned into something different on one of their local stations today, thanks to a format change for Pecos' local FM station.

"We decided to try something different," said KIUN/KTPX general manager Bill Randall Cole about the new adult contemporary format for KTPX. The station is now playing a music mix of 80's, 90s, and current adult contemporary hits 24 hours a day at 98.3 FM.

"We've had a really nice response so far," said Cole.

For the country listeners who have been enjoying this music on that station they can still listen to it at KIUN 1400 AM.

"The format that was on KTPX will be on KIUN and that goes on until 7 p.m.," said Cole. Spanish music is still played on KIUN nightly from 7-10.

Cole said the station was keeping their regular popular programs, such as "The Hotline" and Pecos Talking.

"We're real excited about our new changes and welcome Kokie back as well," said Cole.

Frank "Kokie" Apolinar will be hosting again at the station, with Tejano music and oldies, along with taking requests.

He will be on the air on Saturdays and Sundays and after the baseball games on Friday, according to Cole.

"This started last week and we've had a really good response," said Cole. "The phone has been ringing with people responding and we welcome all public comments," he said.

Another change at the station is the moving of the antennae to the hill east of Barstow. "We have already filed with Federal Communications Commission and most likely by summer will have their approval," said Cole.

"This is going to enable KTPX, in addition to reaching Pecos, Barstow and Balmorhea, to cover Kermit, Monahans and that area east of here," said Cole.

Cole said that they wanted to make KTPX more of a regional station. "I think we'll be able to do that, to reach more listeners," he said.

Regular items such as Paul Harvey and ABC News will be aired by the station, according to Cole.

"We welcome comments and hope everyone enjoys this new changes," said Cole. "We're excited," he said.

Pecos radio listeners still have one area FM station playing country music, in KKLY at 97.3 FM. That station went on the air in December 1999 and is licensed to Pecos, but has its antenna located near Pyote to reach Monahans, Kermit and Fort Stockton and has its studios in Midland. The signals for other area stations often have problems getting into the Pecos Valley, but three other country music stations _ KNFM (92.3 FM), KGEE (99.9 FM), and KWMW (105.1 FM) _ also can be heard at times during the day and night in Pecos.

PHA to weigh land donation for golf course

Staff Writer

PECOS, March 29, 2001 - The Pecos Housing Authority (PHA) Board of Commissioners is scheduled to discuss deeding some property to Reeves County during the regular meeting at 5 p.m., on Friday at the administration office on Teague Drive.

County Judge Jimmy Galindo is scheduled to attend the meeting, where the board will discuss collaboration with the Reeves County Commissioners Court to deed some of the PHA property to be utilized for expansion of the Reeves County Golf Course.

The county has been discussing the project for some time now and would need the PHA land located on the south side of Interstate 20 to expand the golf course from its current 11-hole layout to a full 18-hole golf course.

The Board will also discuss collaborating with the Texas Migrant Council, Inc., in bringing the day care building on East 10th Street up to standards to allow that to be used for the Migrant Summer Program.

The Board will also discuss the probability of modifying that building to be used as a year round day care/Head Start Program Center.

Also attending the meeting will be the Panhandle Regional Director for the Texas Migrant Council, Inc., Ernastina Gomez

In unfinished business, the board is scheduled to discuss updates on capital funds used for various projects such as the Orange Street sidewalks and parking, the Second Street sprinkler system, fencing the administration office and bids to purchase a mid-size van for administration operations.

The board is also scheduled to discuss matters for the Pecos Farm Labor Housing.

For the FLH portion of the meeting the board will discuss the Rural Rental Housing Association Membership lease and application.

In other business the board will consider the monthly reports for both the PHA and the FLH as well as approving the minutes of previous meetings.

School board to get building project update

PECOS, March 29, 2001 - Pecos-Barstow-Toyah ISD board members will discuss a building project and hold an executive session with the school district's attorney during during a special meeting at noon on Friday.

The group will meet in the P-B-T boardroom, 1304 S. Park St., and everyone is invited to attend the open portion of the meeting.

School board members during open session will be provided a drawing update on the CATE building and authorize solicitation of competitive sealed proposals and discuss and approve textbook committee recommendations.

Board members will then meet in closed session to discuss personnel or hear complaints against personnel or for a private consultation with the board's attorney.

They will return to open session and take action, if any, on items discussed in closed session.

WIPP transport update hearing scheduled today

PECOS, March 29, 2001 - A meeting will be held from 4 to 5 p.m. today at City Hall in Pecos to give local officials, residents and emergency responders and update on the planned transportation of radioactive waste to the Waste Isolation Pilot Plant near Carlsbad, N.M.

Radiactive waste head to the WIPP site is scheduled to begin traveling through Pecos later this year. Mike Rutherford, with the Texas Department of H ealth and Anthony Buck with the Texas Department of Public Safety in Austin will brief local residents on the current plans for handling those shipments.

The meeting will be held in the Town of Pecos City Council chambers at City Hall.

CitiFinancial staff holding closing event

PECOS, March 29, 2001 - Former and present customers of CitiFinancial are invited to join the staff for refreshments on their last day of operation, Friday, March 30.

The group will be having refreshments throughout the day at the office located at 201 S. Oak St.

"I just want to thank all the customers and everyone in the community and invite them to join us," said manager Rosa Guerrero.


Grace Bryant


PECOS, March 29, 2001 - High Wednesday 63. Low this morning 43. Forecast for tonight: Mostly cloudy. Low in the mid 40s. Southeast wind 5 to 10 mph. Friday: Mostly cloudy morning: Otherwise partly cloudy. High in the mid 60s. North wind 5 to 15 mph. Friday night: Partly cloudy. Low in the lower 40s. Saturday and Sunday: Partly cloudy. Lows in the lower 40s. Highs in the mid 60s to near 70.

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