By Mollie LaSalle
COLMESNEIL – Colmesneil City Council held a brief meeting on Tuesday, May 14 and was given updates on the city’s Community Development Block Grant progress by Susan Stover, of David Waxman’ s firm, and Engineer Troy Whitehead.
Stover explained that by law the city is required to advertise for bids in the Tyler County Booster for two weeks. Bids will be collected for consideration by June 4, at which time council will have the opportunity to consider all bids prior to the June 11 council meeting, when the contract will be awarded. Plans are to start on the North Pitzer street project as soon as possible after that date, weather permitting.
The project will involve rehabilitating existing roadway, removing and replacing 15” RCP with 18” RCP, removing and replacing existing timber railing on the bridge south of Matthews Street, and regrading and cleaning 620 feet of roadside ditches.
A discussion was held on bringing well #3 back up to state standards. The city received several bids for the project; most were deemed too high for the work needing to be done. One company wanted over $5k just to send a camera down to look in the well.
Mayor Don Baird advised that the pump will have to pulled and plugged. After much discussion, council approved a reasonable bid for the repairs, which entail modifying the pipe, welding, and sealing it down. Maintenance will consist of sending a camera down every five years to make sure it is in good working order.
In other business, council approved the fiscal year 2018 budget, minutes from the previous meeting, and all office reports.
Baird and City Secretary Wendy Bendy wanted the council to know about Colmesneil resident Sherry Walker’s efforts in helping to keep trash picked up in the city. “She is out there six days a week on her bicycle picking up trash,” Baird said. “She also keeps the area around city hall free of trash. She is to be commended in her efforts”. Baird encouraged all who were present to follow Walker’s example and help keep the city clean.