City of Pampa Commissioners approve Pampa EDC report

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The City of Pampa Commissioners met on Monday afternoon over Zoom for a regularly-scheduled meeting.

During the meeting, the Commissioners were presented with the Pampa Economic Development Corporation 2019-20 annual report.

Pampa EDC Board President Glennette Goode gave the report and Mayor Brad Pingel asked her about the projects the Commission is working on.

“In this fiscal year, we funded the Clarendon College skill-box training equipment,” Goode said. “We funded a grandstand improvement for the baseball team. The Resound Network building remodel for $250,000. We did an awning for the tennis team. The COVID-19 grants were a big thing thanks to the money the City provided from the fund in Amarillo.

“We had very few complaints about who was unable to get it and Clay was able to explain. Then, obviously, the Keystone Project.”

Pingel asked if everyone was current, and if they weren’t, where they were sitting.

“The current assets we have out right now is $1.4 million,” Goode said. “Probably the biggest one of this group is Country II. But they are working on their forgiveness for employment and they had over 26 employees and should be able to get what they needed for forgiveness. 

“RenewTest is one that’s been non-performing for some time, but he is in wind energy and is testing small wind turbines and is going to start getting contracts for them.”

Executive Director of the Pampa EDC Clay Rice added that the Resound Networks renovations downtown has been a positive addition to Pampa.

“We’re located in that building and the building looks great,” Rice said. “They brought 30 or so people downtown. This addition makes the downtown area even more prosperous.”

Commissioner Matt Rains offered praise for the Pampa EDC for their hard work closing out 2020 and is looking forward to next year.

The Commissioners approved the annual report.

The Commissioners also approved the High Angle & Confined Space Rescue Program Agreement between Proman USA (Pampa), LLC and the City of Pampa.

The agreement allows for Proman, who is formerly G2X, to have confined space and high angle rescue capabilities.

“The City has the ability to do that but we would need new equipment and have our firefighters trained and certified in that,” City Manager Shane Stokes said. “It’s basically a five-year agreement. Proman will pay the City of Pampa for the equipment and training. And they will pay a $5,000/year maintenance fee to keep the equipment up.”

Fire Chief Greg Lee said they have trainers scheduled to come to Pampa in March and April and about the equipment needed.

“Number one we need a trailer with an in-line system with compressed air for the in-line SCBA packs,” Lee said. “Instead of an air-pack with 30 to 45 minutes of air, they are tied into an air hose into a tank with two or three hours of air in it. We’ll have to have the ventilation system with in-line spaces, ropes and packaging boards we need.”

Commissioner Jimmy Keough asked if the cost of the equipment is covered in the agreement and will come at no cost to the tax-payers.

“The way we have it broken down is everything they give us over the next 18 months will provide for all of the equipment and they will give us a $5,000/year payment to maintain the equipment,” Stokes said. “So this will come at no cost to the tax-payer.” 

The Commissioners also approved the following items:

• The minutes of the Nov. 9, 2020 Public Hearing/Regular Commission Meeting as presented.

• Excuse the absence of Commissioner Karen McLain from the Nov. 9, 2020 Public Hearing/Regular Commission Meeting.

• Reappointing Glennette Goode, Tanya Larkin and Troy Newton to the Pampa Economic Development Corporations Board of Directors for a two-year term with terms beginning Jan. 1, 2021 and ending Dec. 31, 2022.

• Adopting Resolution No. R20-029, a Resolution by the City Commission adopting Executive Order GA-32 and extending to Dec. 4, 2020 the City of Pampa’s Declaration of Local Disaster.

• Adopting on second and final reading Ordinance No. 1741, an Ordinance by the City Commission approving a rezoning request from Darlene Pero and CJ Real Estate to rezone from Single Family 2 Residential to Commercial, Lot 5, Block 40, Fraser Addition of the City of Pampa, Texas commonly known as 1617 Coffee. The purpose of this rezone request is for the construction of a new coffee shop.

• List of Disbursements dated October 2020.

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