|Council gives final approval to annexation of 1,274 acres|
|Bruce Alsobrook | News-Telegram Editor|
Nov. 8, 2006 - Sulphur Springs City Council members Tuesday finalized the annexation of almost 1,300 acres of property, a move that will increase the city's land area by about 10 percent.
The council, meeting in regular session at City Hall, approved the second and final reading of the ordinance without dissent.
The annexation covers 1,274.6 acres and approximately 11 families. The area is generally adjacent to the southern city limits between State Highway 154 and State Highway 19.
In other business, City Manager Marc Maxwell reported that the city of Sulphur Springs is now the only entity pumping water from Cooper Lake.
"I reported last week that the North Texas Municipal Water District stopped pumping from Cooper Lake," Maxwell told the council. "I am pleased to report to you at this time that the city of Irving has also stopped pumping."
Maxwell said, however, that the city of Sulphur Springs will also stop drawing water from the reservoir in a few weeks when plans call for dredging silt from around the water intake facility to allow access to more water.
The reservoir is currently 17.2 feet below normal elevation.
The council also gave the latest owner of apartments in the 1200 block of Texas Street more time to repair the facility.
The structure was heavily damaged by fire in September of 2004 and the city has received numerous requests that the property be condemned.
The property has changed ownership twice since the fire, and current owner Ed Rosamond told the council Tuesday he was working on plans to rehabilitate the structure.
He submitted a letter from a licensed architect stating the building could be repaired, and told the council he is working on plans to refurbish the facility.
"Our intent is to bring the property up to code, up to standards," Rosamond said.
Residents who live near the structure also spoke at the meeting, saying they just want something done, and noting that children have been seen going into the burned out apartments through open doorways.
"Let the man get it fixed, get it liveable, or tear it down," said Tina Stout. "This is an unsafe structure for kids to be around."
Phil Smith urged the council to "tear it down or get it fixed."
Robert Stout reiterated the plea for quick action.
"I ask the city to do something about this ASAP," he said. "Condemn it, tear it down, or let the man do what he wants to do."
The council gave Rosamond until February to obtain a permit and get started on the rehabilitation. Councilman Oscar Aguilar also asked that the building be secured so that children could not get in. Rosamond indicated he would be able to do so.
The council also gave John Beezley until January to obtain a permit to repair another substandard structure, this one at 722 South Davis St.
The council also voted to proceed with abatement of a substandard structure at 218 Ross St.