City of Amarillo

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Amarillo Mayor Paul Harpole announced Tuesday that he will not be seeking re-election.

In a press conference Tuesday, Harpole said he felt it was time he stepped down to allow for new leadership.

As The Amarillo Globe reports, Harpole made the announcement, which has been expected for several months, that he would not seek a fourth term in May’s election.

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The Amarillo City Council recently voted to purchase Roberts and Ochiltree county water rights for about $1.5 million reports the Amarillo Globe-News.

The final purchase price will be based on how much water is found says City Manager Jarrett Atkinson.

The 5,000 acres of water rights were sold by the McCattle Company and the M&D McLain Family partnership.

The council also voted to pay $116,000 to Lee Wilson & Associates to complete a hydrological survey of the property.

The city owns about 10,000 acres of rights near the proposed purchase. 

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Amarillo city commissioners recently voted unanimously to accept a deal between the Amarillo Economic Development Corp. and Coca-Cola Refreshments to move the beverage company to a new location.