At a regularly scheduled meeting this past Monday evening the Rocksprings City Council started off with a heated argument over a resident’s water bill. Resident Cirilo Ruiz stated his past few bills have increased or are too high and that he is certain there are no leaks at his home. Public Works Director (PWD) Rudy Ramirez and city employee Jerry Gonzales (hired back approximately a week ago) explained to Council that this has been an ongoing issue and a new water meter has been installed at the Ruiz residence and it shows the same data: more than usual water use and some other charges/unpaid fees. Councilmen Ray Franco, with a different angle, suggested that maybe not all city water meters are being checked or checked regularly, citing that at his own residence he blocked access to his meter and knows for certain it has not been checked nor has he been contacted by the Public Works Department about obtaining access. Ramirez fired back stating that his meter not being accessible on purpose is Franco’s own fault. Several times throughout this public forum Councilmen Andrew Barnebey stated that the volume level and intensity of this discussion was unnecessary and needed to calm down. The three observed Barnebey’s directive and Ruiz and Ramirez agreed to be in personal contact to find the solution to Ruiz’s service and charges in a respectable manner.
Edwards County Horse Club hosted a 4 play day series in July 2020. The entire series was a great success! There were various levels of riders in every age group, but everyone had the same goal... to enjoy their time in the arena. Beginners were able to go at their own comfortable pace and even get some tips and help from the more experienced. Some riders were working with a new horse, and they too found opportunities to improve their horsemanship over the series. Everyone, no matter the skill level of horse or rider, seemed to have great experiences throughout the series.
Thirty athletes participated in the first workout of the 2020 football season. Players and coaches attacked the field with great enthusiasm that made for a terrific first day. Practice will continue all this week and next at 6 p.m. Monday-Friday.
There have been several fires in Edwards County this last week. Rocksprings Edwards County Volunteer Fire Department responded to two calls at the same time on the evening of Friday, July 31st. One was a fire on County Road 450 off of 377 South, and the second was a fire on 55 North in the area of the old 4 Square Ranch. The first fire extinguished with rainfall as the fire department arrived on scene, and the second was caused by a gentleman burning brush piles.
The Rocksprings Independent School District procedures for beginning the 2020-2021 school year update are as follows: