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Wednesday, July 21, 1999

Sites narrowed to three for new post office

Staff Writer
PECOS, July 21, 1999 -- After a long delay caused by utility access problems, the U.S. Postal Service's facilities service center has narrowed the search for a new post office site to three of six locations offered.

Sandi Rybicki, real estate specialist, said that two sites were ruled out for economic considerations, and a third was rejected because of the undesirable site configuration.

Finalists are:

* East side of Cedar Street, between Eighth and Ninth streets, where the only building is a house owned by Mary Perea;

* North side of Third Street between Eddy and Park, where the Arts and Crafts Shop is located on the corner (the old Bob's Thriftway site);

* South side of Walthall Street, east of Gibson True Value (corner of Morris and Walthall).

Rejected for economic reasons were the northeast corner of Fifth and Eddy Streets and the northwest corner of Cedar and Third Streets (old bank).

A triangular shape ruled out a vacant lot at the southeast corner of Oleander and Walthall, behind Pizza Pro/Showtime Video.

Rybicki said that any member of the community may comment in writing on any of the properties within the next 30 days. The postal service then will have 15 days to respond before a final selection is made.

Comments should be mailed to Vice President, Facilities, P.O. Box 667180, Dallas Tx., 75266-7180, Attention Sandi Rybicki.

Foreclosure sales, water on council agenda

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PECOS, July 21, 1999 -- Should tax foreclosed properties be sold at annual auction or individually as offers are received?

That is one question the Pecos City Council will consider in the regular meeting at 7:30 a.m. Thursday in the council's chambers at City Hall.

Other agenda items include management of Maxey Park Zoo, a request by Anchor West request to reserve Maxey Park for a company picnic, appointment of an officer to calculate the effective and rollback tax rates for 1999, and renewal of the contract for elections coordinator.

Water system improvements continue to be a big item on the agenda. Thursday, the council will award a contract for construction of 1998 water system improvements at the Ward County well field, handle three items on development of the South Worsham well field, and award a bid for a pickup for the water department.

Street items include a status report on the Third Street project of replacing the highway surface, and bids for the 1999 street seal coat project.

Resurfacing work on Third Street scheduled by the Texas Department of Transportation was delayed a year until the city could complete a $500,000 sewer replacement project along a 10-block stretch through downtown Pecos. TxDOT's project was then further delayed when bids for the resurfacing work, which included installation of new curbs and gutters, came in well above the budgeted cost.

Routine reports include Municipal Court, juvenile court, tax collector, fire department, ambulance service and financials.

Committee mulls ideas for Fall Fair

Staff Writer

PECOS, July 21, 1999 -- Quilt racks, display racks and scarecrows were among the items discussed during a luncheon meeting on Wednesday at Cattleman's Restaurant.

All of those items are connected with the annual Reeves County Fall Fair, and committee members gathered to discuss the various aspects of the upcoming fair and to share ideas on how to make this year's event a success.

J.E. Travland will provide some quilt racks to display the many quilts. Chamber of Commerce Director Tom Rivera told the group that the chamber has about 24 racks for the art displays.

"One of the questions we wanted to ask, is if the school or a civic organization has a booth do they have to pay the fee?" asked Barbara Creager.

Rivera said that the fee is usually waived if the civic organization or school is doing it for non-profit.

Creager asked if the fair has ever made any money and Rivera said that "no" it's never been a money maker.

"This year, I'd like to go into this event with some funds before we start doing anything," said Rivera. "The fair has never been a money maker, but we offset the losses with proceeds from the concerts," he said.

Creager suggested having something at the fair that would be a money-maker to the chamber. "Maybe we can have a special booth for the chamber," she said.

"We could have a booth to sign up new members," said Rivera.

A financial committee was set up to discuss the amount of funds that will be used and the amount that will be taken in. "We can meet before the next fall fair meeting and have some answers for the group then," said Rivera.

The theme for this year's event is "Fall" or "Autumn," according to Creager. "We want to do everything in keeping with the fall season."

Booklets on entry fees, booths, a schedule of events and the many categories will be available at all the banks, the utility companies, the newspaper office and the radio station. Also at the museum, the senior citizen's center, city hall and at the Reeves County Extension Office.

Rivera told the group that he would also like to have some music going throughout the two-day affair. "We also need to discuss having other forms of entertainment there," he said.

Creager suggested sending flyers out to all the churches. "We've been told that there are some groups that want to set up a lemonade stand or an ice cream stand," she said. "We need to find out what each group wants to do and we need to send out flyers to all the churches," she said.

A compliment and complaint booth was also suggested by Creager.

"We need to promote ourselves and let them know that we're interested in their comments, good or bad," said Creager. "If they have a compliment or suggestion we want to hear that, too."

Regina Armstrong told the group that she had talked to a man about making balloon animals at the fair. "He said he would contact Tom about this," said Armstrong.

Peggy Walker donated money for four tablecloths to be used on the display tables.

Armstrong said that a TCLA Showmanship Show will be held this year in conjunction with the stock show. "This will mean double the entries at the stock show," she said. "It will also mean that we will need three judges and extra ribbons for the kids."

New this year to the fair will be a scarecrow contest and picture taking. "Children will have a chance to have


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AUSTIN (AP) The winning Pick 3 numbers drawn Tuesday by the Texas Lottery, in order:

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PECOS, July 21, 1999 -- High Tuesday 93; low last night 67. Rainfall at Texas A&M Research Station .01 inch. Tonight, partly cloudy with isolated evening showers and thunderstorms. Low around 70. Southeast wind 10 20 mph, decreasing to 5-10 mph by midnight. Chance of rain less than 20 percent. Thursday, partly cloudy with isolated afternoon showers and thunderstorms. High in the mid 90s. South wind 10-20 mph. Chance of rain less than 20 percent.

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