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Amplified music in park discussed; updates given

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By Chris Edwards
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WOODVILLE – Amplified music and updates were among the items on a short agenda for the Woodville City Council at its regular monthly meeting held Monday night.
Kendall Coleman made a request to have amplified music at the city park during a community-wide event on Sunday, May 26 for Memorial Day weekend. City ordinance does not permit amplified music of any kind in the city park, unless the council permits it.

Woodville Chief of Police Scott Yosko said during discussion of the item that state law caps amplified music in residential areas at 80 decibels and said that his department had received several noise complaint calls from past events.

The item was approved with the stipulation that the police department has discretion to control the volume if complaints are received.

During her monthly report to council, city administrator Mandy Risinger gave some updates on grant monies the city is due to receive. She said that the city is awaiting the General Land Office to send contracts for the $2 million grant it was awarded in February through the GLO.

The funds from this grant will go toward street improvement projects in the southwest portion of the city.

Risinger also gave information about the program that Woodville ISD is entering in with Stephen F. Austin State University and Lamar Institute of Technology. The program, which is operating under the name Deep East Texas College and Career Alliance, will allow area high school students in grades 9 through 12 the opportunity to receive dual credits for classes. The classes will take place at the old Angelina College teaching center in Jasper.

Risinger said she met with WISD Superintendent Glen Conner, who presented her with information about the program. She said it looks to be a great benefit for high school students in the area.

In Muncipal Judge Judith Haney’s monthly report, she said that the bugs have been worked out of the COPSync software, which Woodville police officers have in their patrol units.

The software, which connects law enforcement officers nationwide, allows for instant access to warrants and other information when a stop is made.

Error-free operation of the software will allow for collection of more fines, Haney said, as the amount from fines deposited from October to April was $160K, which should have been closer to $300K, she said.

Haney also said in her report that out of speeding violations recorded in April, the average speed over the limit was 20.8 miles per hour.

During her remarks of community interest items, Mayor Paula Jones read a proclamation to denote May as Motorcycle Awareness Month in Woodville.

The proclamation made notes of the danger faced by motorcyclists on the road, and urges the community to be aware of those dangers and to share the road with motorcycle riders.

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