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Council To Use Reserve Funds for Water/Sewer Project

City Council members approved a motion to appropriate money from the city?s reserve fund and amend the budget for the new Hwy. 84 water and sewer project, while meeting in regular session on Tuesday evening, January 21st.

The project would extend city services to property that was annexed into the City limits a number of years ago on both sides of Hwy. 84 East. Cost of the project is approximately $554,000 and can be funded entirely by reserve funds the city has on hand. Teague Economic Development Corporation has pledged $100,000 to the project, leaving the cost to the city at approximately $454,000. Mayor Earnest G. Pack reported that the new project would save approximately $5 million from a similar project started and then scrapped by the city council last year, which called for the issuance of $2.5 million in bonds.

With the new project still in the preliminary stage, funding may be spread out over this year and next year. Mayor Pack added that some $70,000 for the project is included in this year?s budget, lowering the amount needed for the project from reserve funds.

Council members tabled action on reviewing nominations to fill two vacancies on the Teague EDC Board of Directors following a request from EDC Executive Secretary Bill Elliott. Mr. Elliott said the EDC Board wanted to meet with their two nominees before submitting them to the council for consideration. Nominees from council members will also be considered to fill the vacant positions.

Chief of Police Dennis Cox requested the council to table possible action on the departments plan and cost estimates to move the police station from city hall to 315 Main Street. Cox said he was still waiting on a bid to be submitted on part of the renovations to the building.

A motion was approved to pay back the United States Department of Agriculture some $32,361 in left over Rural Development Fund loan money advanced for the City?s 2008 Wastewater Treatment Plant Improvement Project.

Council members approved appointed Code Enforcement Officer Rick Vincent as the City?s Safety Instructor and implement the city?s safety program. The council approved a $3 per hour pay increase for Vincent for the added responsibilities.

Mayor Earnest Pack called the City of Teague Municipal Election for May 10th, 2014.

Council members met in Executive Session and conducted employee evaluations of Public Works Director Gus Ramirez, Chief of Police Dennis Cox, and City Administrator/Secretary Judy Keally. Council members also discussed the Chlorinator accident involving Brad Cox and Mike Powell. Powell returned to work on January 21st.

Council members returned from Executive Session and hired Jason Morgan as a patrolman for the police department.

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