updated 9:22 PM UTC, Jul 8, 2020

Chester Council approves welcome sign

by Michael G. Maness

On August 12, the city council of Chester passed the minutes of its previous meeting and its current financial statements. Council previously approved hiring part time help. While several resumes were received, the council tabled consideration for the time being.

Council voted to continue the TML Insurance for city employees.

The cleaning bill for city uniforms was discussed, as well as a new bid for services, but they tabled that, preferring that City Supervisor Dale Clamon investigate more options.

They had received bids for mowing of the city park, and thanked the Booster for the coverage that was a great help. Because of the generous help from the Tyler County Sheriff and the Gib Lewis Prison, and the help of Precinct 2 Commissioner Rusty Hughes, they decided to explore that help with greater determination. Council member Eric Holton expressed concern over times when the prisoners could not cut the grass and the field needed to be used.

Council wanted to explore the Texas 1033 Military Surplus Property Program to gain needed assets as the Tyler County Sheriff's office and Woodville Police Department have done.

Council also reviewed a design by Walling Signs for the "Welcome to Chester" sign, that was artfully decorated with a yellow jacket on the left side. Mayor C. E. Lawrence had a resource that might allow for a sign to be constructed at a greatly reduced price. After considering it at length, the council voted to approve two of the Walling Sign designs and have them make it if the mayor's other option did not pan out. They would be placed at the two entrances of the city on Hwy. 287.

After deciding that the sign needed to have the founding year of Chester, Councilmen Vincent Incardona and Eric Holton said they would help to mount the sign when it was ready.

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