By Valerie Reddell
City officials approved a proclamation honoring the American Red Cross Monday in a City Council session presided over by Mayor Pro Tem Joyce Wilson.
Wilson commended the Red Cross's efforts to alleviate human suffering in the face of emergencies as well as the agency's 24-hour support of the military, veterans and their families.
John Goodman addressed the council during public comments and advised the council of a planned celebration for Armed Forces Day.
Goodman has organized similar events in the past and he said the owners of Elijah's Café have agreed to allow him to use their property from 8:30 a.m. to 10 a.m. Saturday, May 19 to recognize current members of the military and veterans.
Recruiters, ROTC cadets and representatives from the Veterans Administration will be on hand for the event.
Moving through a brief agenda, City Administrator Mandy Risinger reported that city offices will be closed March 30 for Good Friday.
Work is complete on the two water well projects funded with disaster recovery funds. Crews replaced the starter on the Pine Street water well and once samples are tested, the contractor will submit a final pay request and final documentation will be submitted.
Risinger reported that no new permits have been requested through the Code Enforcement office during the preceding month.
Members of a group seeking to building a packing house in Tyler County are continuing their search for a site. The city has executed a memorandum of understanding to accept wastewater trucked in from a rural site should those services be necessary.
Municipal Court Judge Judith Haney reported that 144 citations were processed through her court. A total of 86 arrest warrants were issued.
One hearing was held on a juvenile matter with the minor sent to a detention facility.
The court collected $28,064.59 in fine revenue during February.
Police Chief Scott Yosko reported that officers have responded to a few unusual incidents in recent weeks.
Among those was a number of car burglaries in the Chesswood subdivision.
Yosko issued a reminder to all city residents to lock their vehicles.
"It's rare to have anything happen in Chesswood, but it appears the suspects walked from house to house trying the doors of vehicles in that neighborhood.
"They got into those that were unlocked and took a few odds and ends and left," Yosko said. "If the door was locked they just moved on."
Woodville police also arrested man who was reported driving erratically.
"An ex-deputy spotted him and the driver ducked down into Chesswood. He turned into a house that he said belonged to an old friend, but he wound up getting stuck in the yard," Yosko said. "It turned into an expensive incident for him. He got four tickets and a $75 wrecker bill."