By Chris Edwards
WOODVILLE – On a three-item agenda, the Woodville City Council heard reports of some activities coming up for the public to enjoy and approved a couple of items of city business at its Monday night meeting.
The council began with the approval of a new clerk for the city’s municipal court. Mayor Paula Jones appointed Rebecca Chastain to serve in that capacity for the city.
Municipal Judge Judith Haney spoke about the process of recommending Chastain for the role. She said that both she and Jones have observed Chastain in interviews and shadowing for court tasks and agreed that she fits the dynamic of the court. Haney added that given Chastain’s experience, which includes 30 years working in the medical field, in municipal courts and in law enforcement, she will bring “a deep depth” to the city’s court.
Chastain currently lives in Galveston and has a weekend home in Warren. With the appointment, Chastain will move to Tyler County.
Councilmember Herb Branch motioned to approve Chastain’s appointment and new councilmember Cliff Wright seconded Branch’s motion.
Next on the agenda was an item dealing with an unbudgeted expenditure for the city. City Administrator Mandy Risinger said that the city’s animal shelter is needing a new, taller fence, as some of the dogs held in the facility have gotten away.
Risinger presented one quote for the project from Ronnie Hensarling of Twin Fencing in Woodville for $7,800.
Councilmember Tony Greer suggested, in the name of fairness, to go out for competitive bids on the fence. Risinger agreed and asked for council’s approval to go ahead and proceed if a bid is the same or lower than the one quote received.
The council approved the expenditure for the shelter fence rebuild, with the competitive bids made.
Under items of community interest, several upcoming activities were reported.
Haney filled in the councilmembers on a series of shows booked for the Emporium Stage in the coming months. Haney said she and Sam Haney are working with the Texas Country Music Association to book acts into the venue, and the first show will be a duo act, Amy N’ Me, scheduled for Saturday, Jan. 22.
Risinger spoke about next week’s citywide Martin Luther King, Jr., Day parade, which will begin on Monday, Jan. 17 at 10 a.m. at the city park and conclude at the Kirby Gym.
Dorian Maloy will be the guest speaker at the event, with the program beginning at 11 a.m. at the gym, and refreshments to follow. This year’s theme is “It Starts with Me.”
Councilmember Wright reported on a couple of things to get the community members involved.
One event coming up is the second city park clean-up day, which will begin at 8 a.m. and last until 12:30 p.m. on Saturday, Jan. 29. Anyone can volunteer, Wright said.
Wright also spoke about a co-ed softball team he is looking to get together for Sunday afternoons, which he said will allow community members some fun and fellowship.