By Valerie Reddell
City officials announced last week that March 17 will be a citywide cleanup day throughout Woodville. Volunteer teams from local businesses and civic groups are being asked to choose an area of the city that they will clean up — either an area near their location or adopt an area that needs extra attention. The goal is to have the city looking its best for the 75th annual Dogwood Festival.
The city will accept heavier items that residents need to dispose of at the city warehouse from March 5 to 16. Although hazardous waste such as chemicals, tires and batteries can't be accepted, this will be an opportunity to dispose of items that don't fit in the trash can, City Administrator Mandy Risinger said.
Council members also approved a request from Sam Haney to block off a portion of Village Street adjacent to Emporium for the Arts on March 24 from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. Tents will be placed in the area to allow artists space to demonstrate and sell their work during the Festival of the Arts.
City officials have also been meeting with representatives who are considering locating a packing house south of Woodville.
"They asked the city to take their sewerage, which would be trucked to the wastewater plant," Risinger said. "We proposed a couple of other sites nearer the city that have utilities available. They are looking at those."
The investors are considering opening a packing plant because there are not many beef packing plants left in Texas, they told Risinger.
An internet search revealed two packing operations in East Texas that primarily process wild game.
Current city projects
Risinger announced the new industrial park water well is now online. The Pine Street water well has a few minor items on a punch list that need to be completed as of Tuesday.
The city has submitted all records for public assistance projects in the wake of Hurricane Harvey.
The roof damage at city hall has been repaired under the terms of the warranty given when the roof was installed.
"The interior damage doesn't meet the threshold for a public assistance project," Risinger said. She will work with a contractor to repair drywall and other damage.
Public Works Director Charles Maclin will retire at the end of February after 20 years of service with the City of Woodville. He worked with the City of Diboll prior to Woodville. Risinger said Charles Odom will be promoted to the position after Maclin's retirement.
The next city council meeting will be March 12. City hall will be closed Feb. 19 for President's Day.