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New Dugger Town Marshal voted in; boil order in effect



The new Dugger Town Marshal Phil DeLaGarza (left) is sworn in by clerk-treasurer Mendy Smith.

The Dugger Town Council voted in a new town marshal at Monday night’s meeting.

Phil DeLaGarza, a former deputy, is now the new Dugger Town Marshal.

“I’m excited to keep working with the town,” DeLaGarza said to the residents in attendance at the meeting.

The former town marshal, Justin Todd, will still be part-time as a deputy.

“He (Todd) will help with the weekends,” DeLaGarza said.

The town will pay DeLaGarza $28,922 annually for his position after a vote from the council.

During the meeting, the council also discussed the possibility of a new vehicle for the officers who work in the town.

“There is a grant we can apply for to help buy a new police vehicle,” Council President Bill Pirtle said.

The grant is a fund matching grant that will pay for part of the purchase.

The water in Dugger will be shut off from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. on Thursday and Monday. The town is on a boil order until further notice.

In other business:

Pirtle addressed concerns from residents about the holes in their yards.

“I called Joink about the holes left when they worked in town,” Pirtle said. “They will be in town first thing next week to fill in the holes.”

The locks were officially changed for the Dugger Community Building.

Three people were hired for seasonal labor for the town.

The town is looking into upgrades for the water station, which include a new air conditioner for around $3,000.

A census meeting was held Tuesday at the town hall. Pirtle said that by completing an updated census, it could help the town when applying for grants.

Residents asked about if the council would enforce other residents not caring for their lawns and unsafe houses in the city limits.

Pirtle mentioned there was a lawn ordinance but the council did not vote to look the ordinance over and/or to enforce the current ordinance.

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