by Michael G. Maness
Mayor Don Baird convened the Colmesneil City Council on Tuesday evening, April. 18.
In the public comments, citizen Wayne Dykes asked the council to allow him to repair the bridge that he struck damaged by accident. Baird requested two councilmen serve on a committee to oversee the repair, and Dykes' request was approved.
Council approved a resolution of support for Entergy, and they approved a proclamation designating April as Child Abuse Prevention month.
The audit for 2016 was performed by Todd, Hamaker & Johnson LLP of Lufkin, and the council approved it, Baird complimenting the city on a "clean report."
The council approved a reduced rate for use of the community center by Lake Amanda Water Conservation and Improvement District for weekday use only.
On April 7, after the city employees returned from lunch, they noticed items in the front of the building were out of place. Someone had run into the building. The postal carrier had run over the curb and hit the City Hall, cracking the brick on the building and causing interior damage. City secretary, Carrie Edwards, reached the driver's employer who provided insurance information, and Farm Bureau will be handling the claim.
On the lighter side, Councilman Billy Andrus congratulated Edwards on her marital engagement to Brian Holson and asked if she would be leaving the city. She responded, "We discussed relocating, however, we have decided to reside in Colmesneil." The council members gave her a round of applause, especially Baird who has consistently applauded Edwards' care for the city's affairs, allowing the council to adjourn on a very happy note.