Major fire at Days Inn on Thursday

All three county fire departments battle blaze

A fire was reported at Days Inn shortly before 2 p.m. Thursday. Colorado City, Loraine and Westbrook Fire Departments called to contain the fire

Days Inn a total loss

5 departments fought blaze

A fire that burned for 13 hours destroyed the Days Inn in Colorado City. Fire fighters from Colorado City, Westbrook, Loraine, Snyder, and Howard County fought the fire, saving the office of the business.

Zombie run held Saturday

Chamber event well-attended

Over 70 people participated in the first-ever Zombie 5K Walk/Run Saturday. Runners tried to make it through the route without having their flags stolen by zombies lurking along the path. 

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Loraine council addressing violations

lorainewateremployeesMembers of the Loraine City Council met last Thursday, addressing several ordinance violations ongoing within city limits. Overgrown lots and lawns plague the city, and the council has authorized city personnel to begin the process of notifying landowners to get property cleaned up in town.
Councilman Eddie Galvan said that he has been getting calls from citizens complaining of the high weeds that are perfect habitats for mosquitoes.
City Secretary Jamie Muñoz said that she has sent out letters addressing the problem, but, in many cases, the letters are sent back to the city because owners are sometimes hard to locate. Mayor Richard Alvarez said that the city uses addresses provided by the Mitchell County Tax Assessor’s office, but the roles are not updated very often.
When asked if the town had been sprayed to control the mosquito population, city employee Anvil Mosher said that the sprayer is currently broken. He said he will look into the possibility of fixing it as soon as possible.
Many possible fixes were discussed concerning the vegetation control issue, and Alvarez instructed Muñoz to send out another set of letters to let people know there are consequences for not taking care of their property. If landowners continue to refuse to comply, the city will mow the lots or lawns and bill landowners for the cost.
Another problem along that same line was addressed by Councilwoman Irene Graham. She said that someone is dumping their trash in the alley behind the TDCJ Bachelor’s Officer Quarters in Loraine. She said she will call the prison and let the warden know about the illegal dumping.
“We do not need trash in our alleys,” she said. “It’s just lazy.”
One of the obstacles in getting citizens to comply with city ordinances in Loraine is a lack of code enforcement personnel. It is an issue being addressed now by the council. A committee of two councilmen and the mayor will be interviewing applicants for the positions of code enforcement and animal control sometime this week.
The positions will be filled on a contract basis. Those awarded the contracts will be paid $200 per month and will set their own hours.
Once a code enforcement employee is hired, he or she will help the city enforce ordinances already on the books. The animal control employee will do the same.
Commendations by the council went to the two city employees in the water department. Mosher and Nolan Cornutt gave the report for the water department, which included seven leaks fixed, mowing of the city park and around the water tower, installing a new meter at the football field and several other items.
Besides the day-to-day operations, Cornutt and Mosher played a big part in working on the lift station. As of the time of the meeting last Thursday, the men said the station is pumping and working like it should.
“You have been doing a good job, guys,” Mayor Alvarez said. “They worked a lot at the lift station.”
Water adjustments were approved as presented. Loraine citizen Bessie Garcia was granted an adjustment for garbage services. She reported that she hasn’t had a dumpster in the last several months, but she has been getting a bill for the service.
Also, several property owners in Loraine attended the meeting to notify the council of huge water bills that were mailed out for last month. Melinda Pfeuffer said that there hasn’t been anyone water the lawn at her son’s home in September, but she received a bill for $480.
Apparently, several Loraine citizens noticed the same thing on their bill. Alvarez suggested that a three-month average use be calculated and new bills sent out with the adjusted totals. City Secretary Muñoz said that she will make the adjustments.
Trink Saulters from A&J Howco Services was in attendance. Following a public hearing about the city’s block grant, Saulters spoke to the council to see what projects might be needed. A&J Howco Services helps write grants and has worked with the City of Loraine on several grants over the past 20 years.
Saulters said that there is a $275,000 grant available to aid the city with water projects. If Loraine is awarded the grant, the matching amount would be $12,500. The council agreed to apply for the grant, with a deadline for application set for February 7, 2015.
Requests from Max Tillman and Rafael Acevedo to bring in manufactured housing were approved. Both will have to adhere to the city ordinance which sets specifications for set up of the homes. Tillman did not vote on the issue.
The city’s ordinance addressing the sale and consumption of alcohol was addressed. No changes have been made to the document since citizens voted to legalize the sale of alcohol county-wide. City Attorney Jeannie Fuller said she will look at each clause in the ordinance, make changes and bring it back before the council next month for approval.
A city-wide cleanup date was agreed upon by council members. The cleanup will take place on Saturday, November 1st from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. Dumpsters will be provided. Watch the Colorado City Record for more details on the cleanup.
The possible demolition of a building connected to the new Rockin’ H Bar & Grill was discussed. The property belongs to Stephen Drinnon, an attorney in Abilene.
The ceiling of the building has collapsed and is now pulling on the shared wall of the bar and grill. Brenda Linam, mother of Chad Harmon, the owner of the bar, addressed the council. She said that Drinnon has been contacted numerous times about the condition of his building.
Initially, he said he wanted to trade his building for one of the city-owned buildings. The council found this proposal preposterous. Linam said that Drinnon has stopped returning calls.
The council approved the demolition of the collapsed building, but it is not an undertaking that will begin soon. Gas lines run between both buildings, and they share a weight-bearing wall. Drinnon will be notified of the city’s decision.

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