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By Bev Odom
The Red River Sun
WELLINGTON — “We are kind of thawed out and lucky the way it turned out for us,” said Wellington City Manager Jon Sessions during the March 1 council meeting concerning the sub-freezing February temperatures. “We had to replace 13 meters that froze and had some service lines freeze, plus we had three leaks.”
Sessions explained that during the five-day Arctic blast that began Valentine’s Day, water ran continuously at 29 strategic locations across town to prevent lines from freezing.
“Three-foot deep meters shouldn’t freeze, except twice, this year and in 1983,” Session said. “We learned from 1983, and we had two weeks to get ready for this storm. We are really thankful we didn’t lose electricity.”
Mayor J.D. Hamby presided over the meeting. The council approved the certification of unopposed candidates Larry Adams and Kenneth Warren for the May 1 City of Wellington General Election and approved cancellation of the election.
Hotel-Motel Tax expenditures approved by the council include $2,500 for the Junior Rodeo Cowboy Association event in May and $2,500 for the annual Wellington 4th of July rodeo.
Councilmen Jimmy Cantu, Jr., Brent Martin and Brandon Ward were in attendance in addition to Adams and Warren plus Sherrie Dunlap, city secretary.
In the 1983 Arctic outbreak, the Texas Panhandle experienced seven days where temperatures fell below zero degrees and 13 days below 32 degrees.