by Tina S. Richards
The City of Woodville Council gathered for their regularly scheduled monthly meeting on Monday, January 13, 2014, at 6 p.m. The agenda included monthly reports from the City of Woodville's Administrator, Woodville Police Department, Woodville Volunteer Fire Department, and Municipal Court.
City Administrator Mandy Risinger reported there had been a glitch in finishing the meter change-out project by the end of 2013. The contractor is currently on-site and is being strongly encouraged to finish the project. Bids were opened and awarded on January 9, 2014, to begin the first phaseout of three, for the Pine Street Project. Corner Post Services dba Iron Environmental will perform the demolition and clearing of 600 Pine Street for approximately $26,000. This is a joint project between the City and ETEC. Risinger informed the Council that the new construction in front of Wal-mart will eventually be a car wash.
Officer Jathan Borel reported for the Police Department. He noted the department is continuing with their crackdown on speeders. He commended Officer Arin Dees on her record number of 102 citations issued last month. The department issued a total of 271 citations. The need of the department's crackdown is quite obvious when one knows that 91 of those speeders were traveling 11-19 mph over the speed limit, and 44 of the offenses were for speeders clocked at 20-29 mph over the speed limit. There were even four drivers in the 30 mph and over category. Thankfully, the Police department is trying to slow down the driving population on Woodville's city streets.
Judge Judith Haney reported for the Municipal Court. She reported last month as busy and profitable, due to the Police Department's activities. She noted $28,952.93 in fines was collected. This was the largest amount deposited in the last four years.
Fire Chief Tommy Shane reported Woodville's Volunteer Fire Department was extremely busy for the month of December. Out of 15 calls the department answered six house fires and an assortment of other fires. They lent assistance to the Colmesneil, Ivanhoe and Livingston communities. Their total water usage was 13,000 gallons.
In other business, the Council designated the Tyler County Booster as the City's official newspaper for the fiscal year of 2013-2014.
The City's offices will be closed February 17, 2014, in observation of President's Day. The next regularly scheduled Council meeting will be Monday, February 10, 2014 at 6 p.m. The public is invited to attend.