Council Approves EDC Grant

APPROXIMATELY 670 World Class Shooters converged on Caney Creek Lodge and Shooting Sports for the 2014 NSCA South Central Regional Championship and the North American FITASC Championship held March 19th – 23rd. Caney Creek Lodge and Shooting Sports plans to host many similar shooting events in the future. Shooters shown above are pictured participating in the 5 Stand event.

Teague City Council members approved a $40,000 grant from the Teague Economic Development Corporation to help with the extension of city services on the north-west side of Hwy. 84 East towards Fairfield, while meeting in regular session on Wednesday evening, March 19th at City Hall. The motion was approved by a 4-0 vote by council members Greg Johnson, Ron Rasbeary, Marie Hertenberger, and Marilyn Michaud. The grant is the second grant given to the city to help expand Teague?s water and sewer services in that area. The first grant issued to the city by the Economic Development Corporation was in the amount of $100,000.

EDC Executive Director Bill Elliott said the $40,000 grant will be used in Stage 2 of the Highway 84 Project and will be funded out of next year?s EDC budget. Elliott reported the EDC Board of Directors had approved the money for the project prior to the City Council meeting.

City Council members also approved a grant from the EDC to Gonzalez Dentistry on the amount of $1,811 for the facade program offered by the EDC to Teague businesses. The facade program has been in effect for several years and helps business owners with expenses for improving the exterior of their buildings. The grant to Gonzales Dentistry was also approved by a 4-0 vote.

Council members approved a motion to reconnect the lights at the soccer field at Jefferson Street Park. Alderman Rasbeary questioned why the lights had been disconnected in the first place. Mayor Pack reported that the action to disconnect the lights was taken by a previous administrator. Council member Marilyn Michaud reported that she understood a group of soccer players were coming to Teague from the Houston area on weekends and had been tearing things up at the park and running the lights when they were supposed to be turned off. Mayor Park responded that if this happens again in the City Police Department can enforce the rules of the park. The motion to have the lights reconnected was approved by a 3-1 with Johnson, Rasbeary and Hertenburger voting for and Michaud voting against.

A request from Darlene Childs who lives in the Parkwood Subdivision to move an easement running through the middle of her two lots was approved by a 4-0 vote. The motion to move the easement has the property owner playing for all costs involved.

City Council members went into executive session to discuss several items. Upon reopening the meeting to the public the council approved the following actions:

Public Works Department applicant Jack Tate was approved for employment.

Employment was terminated immediately for Public Works Department Employee Jason Fisk.

Teague Public Librarian Melissa Satterwhite and Assistant Librarian Diane Willis switched positions and salaries following a request by Satterwhite to allow her more time off.

No action was taken at this time on an evaluation performed on Police Chief, Dennis Cox.

An easement was granted to Bobby Brown and Clint Skinner on the approximately 2.81 acres of land they purchased at the City Lake. It was noted all city property under the easement will remain city property.

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