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Mayor's Minutes

By Ricky White

Greetings! I would like to begin by giving thanks to every veteran, past and present, for their dedication, commitment and most of all, their sacrifice serving this great country to preserve our freedom.

The city office is undergoing a major face-lift and if you have been to the city office recently you know what I am talking about. Once completed the office will look fantastic. Patricia, Pam, Rosa, Maria, Jennifer and Judge Campbell are doing a great job handling the city’s business with limited computers and printers. Hopefully, within the next two weeks, the office will be completed and everything will be back to normal. Due to the limited resources, all of the information I normally report in the Mayor’s Minutes did not get collected. We will do better next month.

Chief Jimenez and the police department responded to 306 calls for October. There were a total of 161 stops made, 120 warnings issued and 46 citations handed out. There were a total of 23 arrests, 11 for no drivers’ license, five warrants issued, one for assault family violence, one for driving with license invalid, two for possession of controlled substance, one for possession of marijuana, one for criminal trespass and one for unauthorized use of a motor vehicle. The police department is fully crewed and doing a very good job. The officers drove a total of 5878 miles in October protecting our city.

The city’s accounts payable totaled $171,104.84. The money spent covers all of our bills and keeps the city in good standing.

Darla Bracken and the library staff have done an excellent job and we thank each of them for the job that they do. The library has been accredited for another year following the filing of the annual report with the Texas State Library and Archives Commission. This means that the library will be eligible to participate in the TexShare card program, the TexShare databases, statewide interlibrary loan program and the federal E-Rate program. Also, the library will be eligible to apply for grants. In October, 1212 patrons visited the library an average of 64 per day and was open for business 19 days. There were a total of 84 new items added and there were 680 items discarded.

The Emergency Medical Service responded to 41 calls in October. There were nine calls for 911, 18 calls for transfers and 14 calls ended with a no transport. There was a total of $22,456.11 collected.

The Volunteer Fire Department responded to six emergency calls. There was one house fire and five wrecks in October. We appreciate the job that the volunteers do. They are on call 24 hours a day and do a great job responding quickly to every emergency call.

We appreciate their commitment, dedication and the caring desire to assist in all emergency situations involving our citizens.

The city pumped 12,990,300 gallons of water in October, sold 10,041,000 gallons of water and billed $54,745.17. There were 16 new accounts added.

The public works employees are busy assisting in the renovation of the city office and keeping up with their daily job activities. We appreciate their help getting this project completed as quickly as possible. They will continue repairing the potholes so if you have any issues with potholes in your neighborhood please contact the city office.

Your Mayor