by Michael G. Maness
Mayor pro tem Gale Williams convened the Chester Council shortly after 6 p.m. Monday, Feb. 2, in the absence of Mayor C. E. Lawrence who was recovering from some minor surgery.
The minutes from the previous meeting were read by City Secretary Annette Hickman and approved.
The financial statements and bills for the city and the Chester Gas Company were discussed. Hickman reported that the insurance payment was up by $200, and she paid the bill in good faith, per Lawrence, rather than call a special council meeting for such. Councilman Floyd Petri made the motion to approve the financials and the good-faith payment for the insurance, and it was passed.
Employee insurance was vigorously discussed. Given that the city contract comes due this year, Councilman Vincent Incardona wanted to talk to the insurance carriers, and Williams and Petri were desirous, too, to review. Hickman mentioned the severe losses to coverage that would incur if they lost their current policy with the Texas Municipal League, and the penalty of coming back to TML if they went another route and wanted to return to TML. Hickman was encouraged to set up a meeting in the coming months.
Councilman John Wayne Davis asked about the city park and cleaning. Williams jibbed that perhaps a fire truck hose could be used, to some laughter. They city will be looking at options on cleaning.
On the part-time position, the city had received several more applicants, and—given the insurance question—wanted to make sure all was well before they hired another. The council plans to look at applicants and possibly interview at the next council meeting.