By Mollie LaSalle
Colmesneil City Council ordered a general election for Nov. 7 to fill the expiring terms of the mayor and two at-large council seats.
The council unanimously agreed to hold a joint election with other entities in Tyler County and contract with elections administrator Donece Gregory.
Mayor Don Baird noted that if no one files for the positions of mayor and the two at large council seats, the city would save $2,500.
Repairs to City Hall were discussed, stemming from damage that occurred April 7, when a postal vehicle ran into the front of the building.
The city accepted a bid from JSW Construction of Chester to do the repairs to the building. No set time has been chosen for the work to begin.
A comment was made about repairs to Pitzer Road, and Baird reiterated the fact that the city has applied for a grant in regards to repairs, and that the Colmesneil is in the top 20 cities to receive funding.
Concerns over the age of the water and sewer lines in the city were discussed at length by council members.
The current system was installed in 1973, and council members noted that these systems are only designed to last 30 to 40 years.
City secretary Mandy Pattillo reminded everyone present that the deadline to file to run in the upcoming election is Aug. 21.
Pattillo assumed the position of City Secretary on July 25, after the resignation of Carrie Holson, who had held the position since 1996. Carrie has moved to Albany, Texas with her new husband, and we wish her all the best. She will be missed.
In other business, the council renewed the contract with Citizens Bank.
Financial reports for the city were tabled until next month, as bank statements had not come in the mail in time for the meeting.