The Roscoe City Council voted unanimously to approve a permit for having a fireworks show July 2. Roscoe City Manager Cody Thompson said they will consult with the fire department before they make the decision to go forward with the fireworks display as the date draws nearer, but said it was best to plan as if they will be able to have the show in case conditions improve.
Thompson pointed out that it has rained during the last two July 4th celebrations, causing the City of Roscoe to either cancel or cut their show in half.
City council member, Robert McBride, pointed out that the City of Roscoe can legally hold a fireworks show no matter what the conditions, but he said they plan to use common sense when making that final decision. In addition, he said safety precautions are already in place for the possible fireworks display.
Even if there are no fireworks, there will be an Independence Day celebration Saturday, July 2 in downtown Roscoe with food, music and fun. Activities will begin at 10 a.m. with the annual July 4th parade. Line-up for the parade will start at 9:30. Performers will be invited to show their stuff on stage during an open microphone session from noon until 5 p.m.
The City Pool will be open from 1-5 p.m. for free swimming. There will also be a mud bog near George Parks Baseball Field from noon to 5 p.m., and proceeds from this event will benefit Roscoe Little League. Vendors will be downtown with food, crafts and children’s activities all day.
The bands, Lawless Flatz and Austin Allsup, will perform that evening from 6-10 p.m. on The Bricks in front of City Hall and Roscoe State Bank, where there will also be a street dance. If there are fireworks, the display will begin around 9:15 p.m. and will be shot off from the same place as the last two years, on the other side of the railroad tracks, very viewable from downtown.
Also on the agenda during Tuesday night’s council meeting, votes from the May 14, city council election were canvassed. Virg Pruitt defeated incumbent Don Graham in a run-off and will begin a three-year term as a council member. He and Graham were among five people who ran for Place 3 on the council. The others were Christi Pepper Beal, Billy Guelker and Juanita Garcia.
Pruitt, along with Helen Perry, who ran unopposed for Place 2 on the council, and Frank “Pete” Porter, who ran for mayor, were all sworn into their respective offices. Porter was also challenged during the election by council member, Ken Brawley.
Thompson updated the council on the water treatment plant. He explained that they will be testing two methods of treatment, reverse osmosis and ion treatment, both of which can reduce nitrates and “hardness of water.” Thompson said they will also consider bringing water wells back into use and restoring water storage tanks and towers with the guidance of their engineers.
Thompson reported that the city will be getting help from Nolan County to seal coat roads as part of the county’s seal coating program. This will most likely happen in mid-July.
He also reported that the city is ahead on sales tax for the year and expects a record year in sales tax revenues.
Plans are underway for the West Texas Wind Festival in the fall, and the Bellamy Brothers have been booked as headliner for that evening. More information is to come on this annual event.
To close out the city council meeting after a short executive session, the Roscoe City Council unanimously voted to purchase a lot across the street from City Hall. This lot, the Huffmeyer property, is part of what they are planning for a small park area, which has been used for city functions in the past with owner permission.