by Michael G. Maness
The Chester city park will be getting new lights soon.
The Chester city council met at its regular meeting on Monday evening, 6 p.m., Oct. 5.
Mayor C. E. Lawrence convened the council, a quorum coming to fruition after a couple of members arrived shortly after the start.
The council approved the minutes to the previous meeting and the financials for the city and Chester Gas Company and went into detailed discussions on the city park.
Entergy will not be able to rebuild the current lights on the city's own poles. A lively discussion ensued on several options. Councilman Vincent Incardona did come quick calculating on the cost of buying vs. purchasing the light poles. The council voted to contract with Entergy to install three security flood lights on the existing poles near the highway and install two additional poles inside around the walking field. Councilwoman Gale Williams will be looking at the location in consult with the others. And the all will continually assess to make the light shine on the city park.
The air conditioning out in the truck, Councilman John Wayne Davis made a heated trip Livingston to pick up the city trailer. And not a few a jokes livened up the atmosphere between him and Councilman Floyd Petri, as Petri had offered to accompany Davis. It was hot that day.
The council approved the bid by JSW Construction to remodel the concession stand according to the bid specs and after lengthy consult with Mayor C. E. Lawrence. Petri revised his motion to approve to include some hinged plywood covers to close and protect the windows when the stand is not in use.
The four playground seesaws will be renovated with brand new oak boards. The jungle gym will be renovated (or tore down) and the metal slide is coming down. They might replace the slide, but not too soon. Much more is being discussed.
Homecoming will be celebrated on Saturday, Oct. 17, starting at 11 a.m. with a parade organized by Susan Grimes. Councilwoman Charlotte Barnes had secured ten banners for the city from the same vendor as Woodville. In the Chester ISD school colors, the school's yellow jacket hoovers in a sea of a dark purple and over the city name blazoned in yellow at a 45-degree angle. They will be strategically placed throughout the city, which, Barnes noted and Lawrence has been coaxing, will be cleaned up a bit—all very proud of their beloved little town.