Wichita Falls City Council Events
WICHITA FALLS (KFDX/KJTL) — The Wichita Falls City Council discussed several topics during Tuesday’s meeting.
Here is the latest news from the meeting:
Change of pet prescription
The city has made some adjustments to the animal ordinance announced by Chief Health Officer Lou Kreidler.
A series of changes for the first time since 2019, starting with reinforcing what a required enclosure means, that it must prevent leaks and bedding needs, removing blankets that could absorb water.
Additionally, they have extended the days you can keep a stray animal while searching for its owners from three to seven days.
A valid ID will be required to surrender a pet and if you surrender you will not be permitted to adopt a pet for one year.
Another way they hope to help increase adoptions is to no longer require microchips for dogs people already own when adopting a new pet from town.
Update of the strategic plan
Less than a year after councilors approved the strategic plan, they received a formal update on progress.
Overall, Deputy City Manager Paul Menzies highlighted five important points and the progress they have made so far.
Objective 1: Accelerate economic growth, for example by continuing to recruit high value-added companies, as we have seen with Clayton Homes, Panda Biotech, Delta T Thermal, etc.
Objective 2: Provide quality infrastructure including the modernization and replacement of obsolete public facilities.
Objective 3: Redevelop the city center, of which the chamber and the development of the city center have played a key role.
Then, conclude with the effective delivery of municipal services and finally, actively engage and inform the public.
ARPA Funds Update
The board was briefed on updates to the ARPA fund and what the city could see millions of dollars spent on!
In total, the city is looking at about $29 million in two payments, with that total coming from revenue replacement due to COVID-19 based on the economic impacts on just about everything in the city.
From local businesses to households and industries, the city has estimated $10 million in lost revenue during the pandemic.
Now they are looking at where these funds will go, such as the health department, police and fire, the arts, non-profits and more, raising anticipation that these funds will reach the city. .
“So now we have the opportunity to go back to staff and say we know we have this bit in our fund balance to spend, and staff need to know that immediately because they need to spend this money. Where we’re going to start ranking these projects and you can tell they’ve repeatedly said they’re unranked but it’s our job to rank this list and take some out and maybe some put others,” said Wichita Falls Mayor Stephen Santellana. .
The highest potential price would be for the Memorial Auditorium renovations. A two- to three-year schedule project valued at $12.5 million.
Other possible expenditures could be for repairing parking lots at Lake Wichita and converting the Wichita Falls Sports Complex’s four baseball and softball fields to full grass fields.
Now, this money must not be committed before 2024 and must not be spent before 2026. So everything is not final yet.
After unanimous councilor approval, the city will begin committing some of this ARPA money.
This resolution will improve the water treatment system with a new supervisory control and data acquisition system project known as SCADA.
Public Works Manager Russell Schreiber says it’s not only the best package for them, but a lot better value than some more expensive models.
Sticking with SCADA software allows them to upgrade without having to replace screens and retrain operators on a new system.
5-year extension of the Farmers Market
The City and Downtown Wichita Falls Development have agreed to a new deal for the future of the Downtown Farmer’s Market.
After a 7-0 vote, the downtown development and Farmer’s Market will continue with the city for another five years with events every Saturday and many more dotted throughout the year.
Mayor Santellana says the Farmer’s Market has been a boon to the town and proof of this is that seven to eight businesses have moved from Farmer’s Market kiosks to downtown storefronts.