By Tony Farkas
TRINITY — Christmas came early to the Trinity City Council in the form of a $275,000 no-match grant that will help replace some aging infrastructure.
At its regular meeting on Nov. 12, the city discussed a grant that Police Chief Steven Jones said was initially denied.
“Council Member Bubba Smith and I were in Lufkin to discuss it, and we were told that we did not get the grant,” Jones said. “… I got a call out of nowhere recently that said we did get the grant, and we have a confirmation email.”
Engineers will now begin work on replacing a sewer line that runs between Trinity Memorial Hospital and Rockdale Street. He also said it has zero match.
In other business, the city:
- •approved the canvass of votes in the Nov. 3 election of city officials, and swore in returning council members Smith, Clegg DeWalt and Chris Dennis, Mayor Wayne Huffman, and Municipal Judge Lyle Stubbs.
- •re-appointed Billy Goodin as Mayor Pro Tem;
- •approved changes to persons allowed to handle the night depository bag;
- •approved $1,500 in Hotel/Motel funds for the Christmas at the Crossroads event; and
- •approved receipt of the city audit for the 2018-19 fiscal year. Auditor Dianne Sollock informed the council that the audit has an “unmodified opinion,” which is the best outcome, and also said that the city’s financial picture is improving year to year.