City Council hires Northern Graphics for new brochure; Patti Scott named presiding judge for May 10

Brenda Hinojos, Convention Center and Visitors’ Bureau coordinator, introduced Gill Potts of Northern Graphics, who presented the Council with a proposal for a new Town of Van Horn brochure.  

Mr. Potts proposed a 36-page brochure that would have the cost subsidized by the sale of advertising to local businesses.  Council agreed that the city could use a fresher approach to promoting the area and voted unanimously to approve the proposal from Mr. Potts.

City Council then voted to revise the water rate charged to the county for water at the cemetery back to the regular commercial rate, which will become effective on February 1, 2014.

Dion Corralez, water and gas manager then reported that the animal shelter, caliche pits and wastewater system, passed inspection by the Texas Commission on Environmental Quality and the city was given a clean bill of health.

City Administrator Fran Malafronte then gave council a report on the water tank at the city utility barn and current options for repairing the tank.  Ms. Malafronte stated that that the city would have to go out for bids for the repairs and advised council that in the meantime, residents might experience short periods of lower water pressure.

Council then voted unanimously to call for the notice of general election to fill the positions of mayor and two aldermen.  Patti Scott was named presiding election judge and gave authority to hire five election workers at $12 per hour.  Early voting will run from April 28 through May 6, with the official election day on May 10.  Residents interested in running for any of the open offices may pick up their election packets beginning Jan. 29 through Feb. 28 at City Hall.  All packets must be turned in by 5 p.m. on Feb 28 to ensure their place on the ballot.