by Michael G. Maness
Colmesneil City Council was thankful to their good CISD students who helped with the city's beautification project late last month on Feb. 22, and more is planned. The city was thankful to Pineywoods Sanitation for the roll-off dumpster, and they will be providing another for car tire recycling, the city charging only $1 for each tire received.
Mayor Don Baird convened the city council at its regular time with a quorum on Tuesday evening, Mar. 8. Councilman Bubba Sheffield led the invocation.
After approving the minutes from the previous meeting, the council heard a brief overview by City Secretary Carrie Edwards on the Texas Municipal Retirement System's City Portal Use Agreement, copies of which were also supplied to each council member. In essence, the TMRS agreement stipulated how Edwards will be granted access for city business and gave legal responsibilities between the city and TMRS in boilerplate for the protection of the TMRS and the city.
The financials and water and sewer reports were approved without comment.
The office report included the attendance of Mayor Baird, councilman Billy Andrus and wife Sharon, Carrie and Todd Edwards and new city employee Dakota Pentecost to the annual Tyler County Chamber of Commerce banquet. This year it was organized by Edwards, the current president of the chamber.
On Feb. 26, Baird, Andrus and Edwards attended a TML Webinar on the concealed carry laws and how posting vs. not posting a prohibition may affect the city. The city decided to take no action, confident their current practices were sufficient.
On March 17-19, more clean up and tire recycling will be available at the city, 9 a.m. until 6 p.m. Thursday and Friday, and from 9 a.m. until 3 p.m. on Saturday.