by Tina S. Richards
The City of Woodville convened the regularly scheduled monthly meeting on September 9, 2013 at 6 pm. The Council's agenda included approving next year's budget, levying a new tax rate, election decisions, and amending the City's ordinances concerning dogs and cats.
Council members approved levying a new tax rate for the tax year of 2013. The new rate will be 0.37909 percent. Members also approved the proposed budget, compiled in recent workshops, for the upcoming fiscal year, beginning October 1, 2013 and ending September 30, 2014. Copies of the new budget can be viewed at City Hall.
Acting on City Administrator Mandy Risinger's request, Council approved canceling the City's current contract with Coastal Securities and entering into a new contractual agreement with U.S. Capital Advisors. Jim Gillery, long time financial advisor for the City, will retain that position, since he has recently been employed by U.S. Capital Advisors.
City Council elections, scheduled for November 5, 2013, have been canceled due to the uncontested positions of the two council members that were up for election.
In an effort to clarify an existing ordinance establishing limits on the number of cats and dogs allowed by any one residence within the city limits, Council members approved the rewording of the existing ordinance, The ordinance limits a residence, within city limits, to a maximum of three dogs and/or maximum of three cats at any time. The only exception is the temporary presence of a litter of puppies or kittens, under the age of three months.
In other business, Judge Judith Haney reported collecting $21,134.64 in fines for the month of July and over $207,000 for the year-to-date. She noted of the 189 citations issued the past month, 110 were for speeding. It seems drivers, reluctant to slow down from 75 miles-per-hour when entering the city limits, have been keeping the local law enforcement officers busy. Police Chief Scott Yosko reported the arrest of the persons responsible for the recent round of counterfeit tens and twenties that were circulating in and around Tyler County. His department has also been approved for a grant that will install new video equipment into the current patrol cars. Assistant Fire Chief Jimmy Tucker reported the fire department had eleven fire calls with two of those calls being house fires.
The Council enjoyed a brief presentation by a group of actors, in the Renaissance Period attire, representing the upcoming Ren Faire to be held November 9, 2013 at Camp Niwana. This is a family oriented event and promises to be entertaining for all.
The city offices will be closed October 14, 2013 in observation of Columbus Day. The next regularly scheduled council meeting will be Tuesday, October 15, 2013 at 6:00 PM. The public is always welcomed.