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By Bev Odom/The Red River Sun—
WELLINGTON — In a unanimous vote, the Wellington City Council adopted a resolution to apply for a grant that will help the city revitalize downtown.
During the Aug. 3 meeting, councilmen adopted Resolution 2020-04 authorizing the submission of a Texas Community Development Block Grant Program application to the Texas Department of Agriculture for the Downtown Revitalization Fund.
The council authorized the mayor and city manager to act as the city’s authorized representatives in all matters pertaining to the grant.
The council also adopted a resolution determining that an area of the city contains conditions which are detrimental to the public health, safety and welfare of the community and constitutes a slum blighted area, making Wellington eligible for the state block grant. This includes downtown sidewalks, water system, lighting and road pavement in front of Ritz Theatre from 9th to 10th St.
Those present at the regular council meeting included: City Manager Jon Sessions, Mayor J.D. Hamby, Councilmen Brent Martin, Jimmy Cantu, Jr., and Kenneth Warren. Absent were Councilmen Brandon Ward and Larry Adams. City Secretary Sherrie Dunlap also attended.
All council members approved the authorization of Mayor Hamby to execute the necessary documents transferring the property that was sold at public auction to Brenda O’Rear. The property is located at 1308 Dalhart St., Original Town, Block 81, N/10’ of Lot 15 and all 16-18.
With a unanimous vote, the council authorized Sessions to enter into a contract with Harper Perkins Architects for the rehabilitation and remodel of the rescoped Bura Handley Community Center/Senior Citizen’s Center project.
In other business, the council approved the minutes and bills as presented with Councilman Martin abstaining from any discussion or approval of items relating to Jim’s OK Tire Store.
Sessions reviewed the Financial Statement, and the council discussed the proposed 2020 Tax Rate. He reported that city employees are working on repairing various water leaks around town.