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City makes plans to address issues with landfill
By Sara Throckmorton—
Childress City Council met on Friday, Jan. 15 for their regular meeting, where discussions were had regarding issues with the landfill and wind spreading trash across the town.
Public Works Director Eddie Taylor suggested that portable wind screens be built to mitigate the issue. Taylor mentioned that Amarillo currently uses wind screens, and he has a planned trip to visit the city for design ideas. Taylor noted that the wind screens can be built in-house, eliminating a huge cost for the department, so the only expense would be basic materials.
The council made note to follow-up with Taylor regarding the Amarillo wind screen at the next council meeting.
In addition to the landfill discussion, only two other items were addressed. The first item, regarding appointing an alternate election judge for the upcoming May 20, 2021 election, was tabled until the next meeting, as the council intends to gather additional information before proceeding. The second item, quarterly budget approval, was led by City Manager Kevin Hodges.
Hodges reviewed the budgets for the general fund, which includes the street department, cemetery department, swimming pool department and golf course. Hodges reported that all the budgets were well balanced and under budget on expenses. He noted that some revenue was lower than expected but did not seem concerned.
Director of Golf Scott Veld reported on the golf course budget, where he noted that revenue was a little lower than usual due to the winter season and expenses were under budget. Veld made mention of a few maintenance items that are currently being attended to at the course.
With the conclusion of the general fund, Hodges moved on to the utility fund, which includes the water/sewer department, sanitation department, and shop department. Public Works Director Eddie Taylor reported that the utilities budget was under budget on expenses. Taylor mentioned a few maintenance items that were underway and noted that a new trash truck was down. Council members hoped it would not be a costly repair.
All budget reports were approved with no issue.