by Michael G. Maness
Mayor Don Baird convened the Colmesneil City Council meeting at its regular time at 7 p.m. on Tuesday, Aug. 12.
After moving quickly through standard agenda items, and approving the joint agreement between Colmesneil and Tyler County for election contracting, they proceeded to the financials.
City Secretary Carrie Edwards reported that all monies had been transferred to new accounts at the new Colmesneil branch of Citizens State Bank.
Discussion ensued on how to spread their capital around, and the council approved a business saving account and two 12-month certificates of deposits. Other common options for cities, like TexPool, were not as viable now according to the expert advising the city, Edwards said.
Baird expressed a desire for the city to purchase more tables and chairs for their civic center, and Edwards reported that renting of the facility was in so many words steady. Some landscaping timbers were purchased, but their crews were waiting for the mowing season to stop before they installed them.
On July 31, Edwards participated in an Economic Development Seminar sponsored by Entergy. Entergy's customer service representative Sam R. Bethea organized this seminar to focus upon Entergy's "Texas Site Selection Center" (EntergySiteSelection.com) which was described by Bethea as a web-based site that "allows the user to input pertinent data about raw land, developed land and existing buildings which could be attractive to a business that is contemplating an expansion, re-location or development of a new site in our area." The training was planned to give those present hands-on instruction on how to add properties to the site. It was held in the computer lab of the Lamar Institute of Technology. For those interested, give Bethea a call at (409) 981-3805.