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Woodville names new fire marshal

by Tina S. Richards

Woodville City Council convened for their regularly scheduled monthly meeting on June 10. The Council's agenda included appointing a new Fire Marshal, recognizing 50 years of service by the Better Business Bureau, and adopting a multi-jurisdictional hazard mitigation plan.

By accepting the resignation of Forest Archer as the City's Fire Marshal the Council was faced with appointing a new Fire Marshal. The council appointed Chuck Marshall as our new Fire Marshal. Fire Chief Tommy Shane assured the Council, that while the new Marshal is receiving needed training, the city's Fire Department will be able to call upon the State Fire Marshal Services if a Fire Marshal is needed. The Council extended its' thanks to Mr. Archer for his many years of service. Next time you see Mr. Marshall be sure and welcome him to his new position as "Marshal Marshall!"

The Council recognized the Better Business Bureau's (BBB) 50 years of service in Southeast Texas by acknowledging their services and issuing a heart felt thank-you.

Council approved a request by Entergy Texas, Inc. to deny a request to modify Entergy's interruptible service rate schedule. The modification would have only affected six industrial customers and would have had no bearing on current Tyler County customers.

In continuation of previous business, the Council agreed to authorize procuring the services of an engineering and consultant firm in order to establish the feasibility, estimated cost, and possible return profits in a proposed extension of city services on Highway 69 South. The firm's consultations and reports will cost the City an estimated $5,000 to $10,000 dollars. The request for the expansion of city services was proposed by Otis Fortenberry and has been discussed at recent Council meetings.

In other business the Council approved adopting the Tyler County Multi-Jurisdictional Hazard Mitigation Plan insuring that the City of Woodville will be in-sync with other Tyler County Emergency agencies and regional groups in case of a disaster. Also, approved was an access easement for maintenance and operations of a reclaimed water pump station at the wastewater treatment plant.

City Administrator Mandy Risinger reported the Nellius Street project had been completed and the replacement well had been installed at the prison. She also noted that the remainder of "Kree" t-shirts had been donated to area schools. Judge Judith Haney reported the collection of over $20,000 in fees. Judge Haney and City Hall also hosted over 80 fourth graders as they toured City Hall and then participated in a mock trail in the City's courtroom. For the readers' information, in the case of the State of Texas versus Jack in the Bean Stalk Jones, the accused was found guilty of breaking and entry plus theft charges by a jury of his peers. He was fined and ordered to serve community service. Way to go Fourth Graders!

The City of Woodville offices will be closed July 4 in observation of Independence Day. The next regularly schedule council meeting will be Monday, July 8 at 6 p.m.

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