By BRIAN SMITH
Weatherford City Council members approved an increase for Texas Gas customers during Tuesday night’s meeting.
The item had been tabled at the June 10 meeting so negotiations with the company could take place. According to a staff report, the average customer uses about 3,900 cubic feet per month, which will result in an increase of about $2.48 a month, according to Finance Director Dave Croff. Texas Gas had petitioned for an increase of $4.25 a month, Croff said.
Negotiations between the company and city staff brought the increase down. The city had to take action on the request by June 30 or the increase would have taken effect automatically.
The increase takes effect with meter reads done at the end of July, Croff said.
In other news during the 40-minute meeting:
• The city’s first dog park will be named after longtime animal advocate Patsy Hooks following unanimous council approval. Assistant City Manager Sharon Hayes said city staff had received a number of requests to name the park, which will open July 18.
Hayes said the city developed a policy for naming facilities in 2008 with the “need for significant contributions at the local level” being a key part of the process. Hooks, who passed away in December, has served on the Weatherford/Parker County Animal Shelter Board and was a shelter volunteer for many years.
“What the shelter is today is due in no small part to her,” Hayes said.
Council member Waymon Hamilton says he knew Hooks for more than 30 years and said he believes “she is very deserving of the honor.”
• Veterans of Foreign War Post 4746 members expressed their displeasure with the recent council decision to not allow smoking in their facility.
The council had agreed to consider revoking the ordinance but e-mails from other VFW members wanting to keep the facility non-smoking swayed the council to keep the non-smoking ordinance intact.
Spokesperson Roger Blair said he is unsure of where the e-mails came from or if they were from members at all.
“Smoking is the least of our medical concerns,” Blair said. “We went over and fought so you could sit where you are right now.”
Member John Beauchamp said what the city did reflects on the county and its 162,000 residents. A.J. Glock said the council “was becoming dictators over this.”