The city of Woodville held its monthly city meeting at 6 p.m. on September 8 in the city offices.
Council accepted the previous minutes and the monthly financial statement, as well as revieweing and approving the budget, which all members were in favor of.
Council also approved ordinance number 20140908, that will levy the tax rate for the city of Woodville for the fiscal year of 2014. The board reported that tax payers will not experience any tax increases with this rate.
Woodville City Administrator Risinger reported that city offices would be closed October 14 for Columbus day, and that the monthly meeting would be moved the October 15, which is a Tuesday. Risinger also reported that the work with Grant 1122 is complete. The city was able to replace an additional sewer line on Pine Street and most of that line has been completed, she said. The city is also awaiting approval to drill water plants near Pine Street from TCEQ, and engineers will begin working on bid packets for that project to be presented at the October meeting.
Risinger told Council that several cleanup letters were sent to dilapidated homes and buildings in the city. According to Risinger, the city has an ordinance against junked cars, tall grass, and general dilapidated and old buildings. The cleanup letters are handed out on a complaint basis each month.
Risinger also reported on the recent water well issues. The broken pump that caused Woodville to have an emergency water shortage in the month of September was able to receive a temporary pump and pipe and the first phase of repair is underway. The broken pump owned by the city is being sent to Houston for evaluation. After that evaluation is completed, the city will know if they can repair and use the existing pump or will need to purchase a new pump, and cost estimates are not available for the project at that time.
Risinger said that restrictions on city water have been temporarily lifted for non-essential water use. The restriction is lifted for 8 p.m. to 10 p.m. only and houses with odd numbered addresses can use water on odd days and even number houses can use water on even days.
Judge Haney also made a report to the board, and said that municipal court had 197 citations, 23 class C warrants and 49 Capias issued during the month of August. The Tyler County Justice center also had 47 instanter class C's, 10 A and B misdemeanors', and 10 felonies. A total of $21,110 was deposited from payment of fines and citation.
Police Chief Yosko addressed the council and reported that the department had one of the smoothest transitions from summer to the school year in 15 years and that the number of motorist parking incorrectly or blocking drives were kept to a minimum.
Yosko also reported that one police car experienced an engine problem, but the repair was able to be covered at a very low cost under the 100,000 mile vehicle warranty.
Fire Chief Tommy Shane reported that August was a good month for the fire department, and that there were no house fires, one grass fire that used 4,550 gallons of water, and five miscellaneous calls.
The next council meeting will be held on Tuesday, October 15 at the city offices.