Corrected: Woodville Council approves 60 foot tall, double wide sign for new business

Correction: 1-17-2013

It was orginally reported that a Shell Conveience Mart and Wendy's Restaurant was coming to Woodville. In fact the restaurant that is coming is a What-A-Burger.

by Tina S. Richards

The City of Woodville held its regular monthly meeting January 14, 2013 at 6:00 PM. The Council's agenda included consideration for approval: monthly reports, building setback requirements, variance for new signage, designating an official newspaper for the City and upcoming local events.

The skyline on Highway 69 will soon have a new obstacle to behold. Council approved a variance to the City's sign ordinance. The Council approval clears the way for the installation of a 60 foot high, double-wide, non-LED advertising sign. The new signage will herald the future opening of the franchise combo of a Shell Convenience Mart and What-A-Burger Restaurant. The owners of the new businesses are hoping to be opened for business within seven to eight months. The land has already been cleared at the corner of Willow Street and Highway 69.

Buford Chapman was appointed as the City's new Building, Plumbing and Electrical Inspector with Mark Elliott serving as his back-up.

The Tyler County Booster was designated as the official newspaper of the City of Woodville for the current fiscal year.

The Council amended the current verbiage pertaining to the setback requirements for new building construction. Previously, the ordinance seemed to be applicable only to residential buildings. With the new amendment the ordinance clearly reads the setback requirements, of at least 25 feet from the curb, applies to both residential and commercial buildings.

City Administrator Risinger's report included news that the water meter replacement project had commenced this month. She noted there would be numerous construction projects commencing in and around town over the course of 2013 due to grant monies the City has been awarded through State and Federal agencies. Please keep an eye out for construction crews while they are working to improve our city. Their safety is of upmost importance so drive safely.

Bills from the City of Woodville will have a different look starting this month. Postcards will now be mailed to notify customers the amount they owe for services such as water, gas and sewage, rendered by the City of Woodville. Previously the City's billing system consisted of an envelope containing a bill in letter form. The new postcard system will reap considerable savings on postage for the City and possibly save a few trees due to less paper usage.

City offices will observe Martin Luther King's Day by closing on January 21, 2013. They will also be closed Monday, February 18, 2013 in observation of President's Day. The next regular scheduled Council meeting will be February 11, 2013 at 6:00 PM at City Hall.

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