Wolfforth city attorney dies unexpectedly

After the death of Wolfforth’s city attorney, the City Council voted 3-0 to continue allowing his law firm to represent it.

Attorney Jean Shotts died unexpectedly after a heart attack in February. Shotts was a partner in the law firm of Shotts, Trevino and Guevara.

“We’re going to miss Jean,” said City Manager Darrell Newsom to the council in its Monday meeting. “He was partial to Wolfforth.”

“He always helped us get the job done,” said Mayor L.C. Childers.

Newsom said Shotts’ firm has his files and his laptop computers and have already responded well to the city’s calls for legal aid.

The council voted 3-0 to continue with Shotts, Trevino and Guevara.

Council members heard from Wolfforth Area Chamber of Commerce and Agriculture President Cindy Stephens regarding its barbecue cookoff in Patterson Park.

Following the first cookoff last year, Stephens said the Chamber would like to expand this year’s cookoff, scheduled for July 29-30, to include a country music concert.

Stephens said the Chamber is working with the Wolfforth Economic Development Corporation to get funding for a 25-foot by 25-foot pavilion in Patterson Park which could be used for the concert, as well as other events such as the Harvest Festival and the city’s Fourth of July celebration.

The William Clark Green Band is under contract to perform at this year’s barbecue cookoff, Stephens said, and the concert will be opened by the winner of Lubbock’s Battle of the Bands.

By hosting music in the park with the barbecue event, Stephens said the Chamber would be opening up the ability to bring alcohol to the general public. The city council voted last year to make an exception to its non-alcoholic stance by allowing only the barbecue cookoff participants to bring their own alcohol to Patterson Park.

Stephens said the city’s only hotel, Holiday Inn and Suites, had agreed to provide special rates for those coming in to the barbecue cookoff.

“We believe (the cookoff) will put heads in beds in our hotel,” said Stephens.

Stephens said the Chamber would like to work with Wolfforth Police again to provice security at the event, and Chamber member Shawndelle Kreger noted that the chamber may need a loud speaker permit for the event.

City Secretary Debbie Youngblood said the Wolfforth EDC has not yet approved the Chamber’s request for funding for the pavilion, noting that they are waiting on approval from Texas Parks and Wildlife first. She said nothing could be placed in the park that would interfere with installations already there, such as the track.

Childers said from his standpoint, the city is mostly concerned about the location of the proposed pavilion.

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