KEMP–Kemp City Council members approved of Ordinance 19-03, which clears up zoning aspects regarding mobile home parks. The ordinance states what will and will not be allowed in planning and developing mobile home parks in the future in the city of Kemp.
The council also approved 19-04 which will allow for a general election May 4. Resident Shannon Prox is challenging incumbent Mayor Laura Peace, Place 4 Christi Neal is being opposed by Mark Meadows and Place 2 Barry Lummus is being challenged by Rick Faircloth.
The council voted to contract with Velvin and Weeks as consulting engineers to prepare a hydraulic model for the city’s water system and will also be consulted on other water-related projects as needed.
While on the subject of the new water system project, the council said the surveys have been completed and the new building is still slated for May 2020. The new building will be constructed first and then the old building can be taken offline. This will keep the entire system running smoothly with no down time for residents.
Kemp residents should be comforted that the project is moving right on schedule, even if it is at a slow pace. The council discussed the condition of the 100-year-old water pipes that have never been replaced since their installation back in the 1920s. The pipes are intact and remain in working order. The engineer who is working on development of the new system allows for growth in the plans for the new system.
“It is happening and we get new information every day,” City Secretary Regina Kiser. “Some lines will be replaced and some will be moved. It takes time to get all of this finalized.”
Kiser also said water is the priority and the water crew also works on the roads so they can work on one project or the other but don’t have enough people to work on both at the same time. “Our crew is holding the system together very well,” Kiser said.
Kiser says once the plans are finalized and the work begins, people will be able to see the progress.
The council heard the Racial Profiling Report by Chief Suzanne Martin. Between Jan. 1, 2018 and Dec. 31, 2018, the Kemp Police Department issued 1,699 citations, searched 159 vehicles and no physical force resulting in bodily injury was used during stops.
Only 26 incidents of race or ethnicity were known prior to 2,514 stops and 1,971 of those were moving traffic violations.
In other news, council members:
• heard Court Clerk Tori McMinn accept a Community Service award. McMinn delivers Meals on Wheels and when she found out Meals on Wheels didn’t deliver on Thanksgiving, she made Thanksgiving meals for all of the Meals on Wheels patrons.