The Goodrich City Council heard a presentation from the new truck stop, adjusted fees for the community center and planned holiday festivities in October’s regular meeting Thursday.
Representatives from the new On The Road truck stop on Highway 59 attended Thursday’s meeting, asking the council to consider a liquor store within the structure. The business, which opened last month, has considered other options like restaurants, but feel the space is not large enough or the right location.
Positives shared with the council is that the store would bring additional business, revenue, and create more jobs. It was said that to purchase liquor currently, one must drive 6-20 miles and those consuming would wait until they are home with the proximity.
Alderman Bobby Wright said he is not a drinker and doesn’t condone it, but that those wanting liquor would get it regardless. There are no laws in Goodrich against selling liquor.
An application will be filed and sent to Austin and the City of Goodrich will receive a phone call if a problem with the application arises, according to Wright.
The Goodrich Community Center’s rental fee has been increased. Council wanted to cover the costs for an upgrade in Internet access that is now included. The high-speed Internet runs $109 per month and what was $150 for the center per day will now increase to a $200 fee.
“They asked for Internet, so we have to go up. Not break even — the city still needs to make a profit,” Wright said. “That’s what we are doing with the water. We need to come back and look at water and sewer. We just went up on it a year or two years ago. This city has got to start making money.”
Two bids for the mowing contract were opened. Lonnie Lewis was present at the meeting and has been mowing for the city nearly 20 years. Lewis said he needed to submit a bid of $500 per month because of insurance costs. A decision bid will be awarded at November’s regular council meeting.
A Halloween drive-thru will be held Oct. 30 4-6 p.m. Over 200 children showed to collect candy last year and council is hoping for the same type of success in 2021.
Council decided they will hold a Christmas tree lighting ceremony in honor of former council member Marlene Arnold.
“I know that Mrs. Arnold, ever since she started on the city council, wanted to have a lighted Christmas tree ceremony,” Goodrich Mayor Kelly Nelson said. “She has donated a lot of Christmas decorations and ornaments.”
The time and date decided upon is 7 p.m. on Nov. 21, which falls on a Sunday this year. That date was Arnold’s birthday.