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Morris resigns after 10 years on council, Valdez appointed
By Elizabeth Tanner
After 10 years of service, Councilwoman Anita Morris, Ward 5, has resigned from her seat on the Post City Council.
Morris announced her resignation during the Aug. 11 City Council meeting.
“It’s been a wonderful 10 years,” Morris said, “but I have health issues that I need to focus on.”
Mayor Marvin Self and the rest of the council expressed their gratitude for Morris’ service throughout the years.
“We’re going to miss you,” Self told Morris. “Thank you for all the work you’ve put together.”
The council appointed Fire Chief Jimmy Valdez to represent Ward 5 until the next election.
“We’re excited to have someone from the fire department on the council,” City Manager Deana Smith said.
Public Works Director Mike Colvin informed the council that the city has repaired eight water leaks in the past month, with a total of 64 repairs so far this year.
The city has received multiple complaints from citizens about the corroded lines and stained water, according to both Morris and councilman Jeff Hood.
“We need to start thinking about this sooner than later,” Hood said. “We need to do something as soon as possible.”
The lines, which are 60 years old, are currently being flushed on schedule throughout certain areas of the city. The city has additionally prioritized replacing lines that are four inches and below, Smith said.
Colvin and Smith informed the court that grants are being researched to help the city water line replacement.
In order to qualify for grants, the city must raise water rates, Smith said. The council agreed to review surrounding city rates at the September meeting in order to establish a reasonable raise.
Also, in city repairs, Colvin announced the city will begin sealcoating the roads in October.
More and more citizens continue to sound off about the poor upkeep of the streets, said Councilwoman Pixie Grisham. Sealcoating will help resolve some of the issues such as weeds and cracks within the pavement.
The council also approved an application for a zoning variance from residential to commercial located at 214 W. 15th St.
Owners Raquel and Randy Britton plan to use the building as a bait and tackle shop.
Previously, the building was owned by Raquel’s father, the late Charles (Carlos) Martinez, who operated a barbershop in it when it was moved here 28 years ago. Wanting to repair and repurpose the building, Britton suggested they open a bait and tackle shop as many Post residents have to travel to surrounding cities to purchase bait.
Although located in a residential area, Randy assured the council that the bait and tackle shop would not cause related congestion or noise issues. Randy also told the court he has a company in Oklahoma that will be supplying his bait, which will include live minnows, liver, frozen shad and more. The shop will be available 24/7 by phone.
“We want to benefit people,” Britton said. “I think it will be good for our community.”
Britton said he has already repainted and installed new flooring in the building and plans to open by Sept. 1.
Sheriff Terry Morgan reported that police calls are up. They responded to 652 calls in July with calls to the lake up by 150 percent.
Municipal reports are also up with deputies feeling more comfortable making traffic stops, Morgan said.
“COVID-19 has changed everything,” Morgan said, “including how we conduct traffic stops.”
Morgan also said there were no arrests at the Post Stampede Rodeo.
A Lubbock man was recently arrested who had tested positive for COVID-19, Morgan said. Although seven staff members were quarantined, none tested positive.
Morgan also updated the council on his health, saying he has finished radiation and the spot of brain cancer is now only the size of a pinhead.
“We are on the road to recovery,” Morgan said.
The next regular city council meeting will be held at 5:30 p.m., Tuesday, Sept. 8.