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Woodville City Council meets to discuss city business October 11

by Darby Kethan

Following the opening of the meeting with prayer, pledge, and welcoming guests, the council got down to business. Chaired by Janice Wilson, Mayor Pro Tem, acting in place of Mayor Russ Nally, the council passed a consent document of approval of minutes and monthly Financial Statements was approved.

Unanimous approval for street closure from 10 a.m. until 8 p.m. (S Charlton to W Wheat Saturday, November 12) was granted to The New Life Outreach which will be sponsoring a Day of Prayer, with music as well as food.

The council all approved permission for the use of City of Woodville resources (street cones and barricades and police traffic assistance for a Community Walk for Diabetic Awareness on November 19, 2016, from 9 a.m. until 5 p.m. Streets involved will be S Charlton, W Wheat, S Reid and W Live Oak. All proceeds will go to the American Diabetes Association.

Council members unanimously approved the selection of an Engineering firm for the FY 2017; bids were requested and the city received four responses. KSA firm was selected based on the council's evaluation collected through rating sheets. Members also approved the Administration Firm for 2017, having received one response to requests for bids. David J Waxman, Inc, with whom the council has worked successfully, was chosen.

City Administrator Mandy Risinger's monthly report of activities noted that 85 percent of the new Industrial Park Well is complete, and that the city received a grant to reimburse money spent on recent culvert damage repairs.

The prison well has been repaired and insurance is expected to provide coverage for expenses.

Well construction is underway at the Pine St. Water Well and the Industrial park well is available to serve as back up as necessary.

Sanitation Department Leaf and limb policy letters have been sent out to citizens and required personnel safety training has been provided and annual personnel meetings held for city employees as required.

The National Night Out event with police and neighborhood residents attracted 300-400 people and was deemed a great success.

Planned expansion of 287 N. to facilitate traffic from the Port of Beaumont to the D/FW Metroplex was discussed, and upcoming meetings will be coming.
A scarecrow challenge for downtown merchants is underway, and October 28, local merchants hosted local school children as they trick or treat downtown. Early voting in the Nutrition Center begins October 24. City offices will be closed November 11 for Veteran's Day.

Judge Haney reported 214 citations issued and one show cause hearing in September. Other actions included three felony warrants, and emergency protective orders for family violence. Fines collected totaled $23,402.00. The top offenses for which citations were issued include speeding, public intoxication; open containers, Wal-Mart thefts, and running stop signs.
Police Chief Yosko reported that officers interrupted a burglary attempt at Monk's car wash with subsequent arrest and others pending. Other activities where he reported good police work was the arrest of a local drug dealer, the confession of a child abuse perpetrator, and the confession of a thief who robbed Sonic. The council commented positively several times on the fine work done by the local law enforcement officers.

Judge Haney reported on upcoming community events: Jamming at the Emporium continues, on Friday evenings, music, with all invited to listen, to play and to participate.

Christmas planning meetings continue; those interested in participating should call for more information. October 24th is Red Ribbon day, with activities planned; October 27th, at TCAL, Chuck Royston will discuss writing the novel, Black Chip, and those attending will be able to meet him and obtain a copy of his book. October 29-31 is Haunted House activities at the Emporium. November 12 is National Day of Prayer as well as the Tyler County Child Welfare Board Silent Purse Auction, at the Catholic Church, to raise money for foster children. November 8 is Election Day.

Fire Chief Tommy Shane reported a "good month", with three house fires, few other incidences, and seven calls total, with a water usage of 400 gallons. October 9-15 is Fire Prevention Week.