Busy day at W.F. City Council

Busy day at W.F. City Council

The Wichita Falls City Council had a busy morning on Tuesday, tackling issues ranging from helicopter regulations to water and elections.

Public Works Director Russell Schreiber told Councilors that lake levels were officially below 40%, triggering Stage 3 Drought Emergency. The enforcement of stricter regulations are now in effect.

Staying on the topic of water, Councilors also passed an ordinance to spend $300,000 from the Water and Sewer Fund. The money is for an engineering survey to develop plans, specifications, and testing protocols for the Temporary Water Reuse Program. Newschannel 6 told you about the program, that would allow the city to recycle waste water, on Monday.

We now know another City Council member will be seeking re-election. District 2 Councilor Annetta Pope-Dotson announced she will be seeking another term. She said, "Many of my constituents felt like I represented them well over the last 2 years."

The Wichita Falls Police Department is getting 11 more all new patrol vehicles. Newschannel 6 first told you about the Ford Police Interceptor Units last October when Sergeant John Spragins gave us an up close look at the new rides.

City Staff received 4 bids for the 11 vehicles. The lowest was for $298,584 but was from a dealership in Caldwell. The second lowest bid was from Wichita Falls Ford for $300,700.73. In an effort to keep the big sale within the city, Council decided to accept the local bid.

Mayor Glenn Barham said, "We always want to buy local if we can and state law gives us the option if 2 bids are within 5% of each other and one of those bidders is a local vendor then we can select that local vendor even if his price is higher than the low price."  The new vehicles should arrive over the next several months to be outfitted at Central Services.

Councilors also voted on an ordinance to prohibit helicopters from landing within 300 feet of a residence. The ordinance is in response to a resident in the Tanglewood neighborhood who was asking about building a helipad.

Jack Lamson, Newschannel 6