By Brian Besch
An Easter celebration, road and lawn maintenance, accounting, waste management and an election were all topics of discussion at Thursday’s Goodrich City Council regular meeting for March.
The annual Easter egg hunt has been approved for April 8 at the Goodrich ISD track, 1-3 p.m. The council has planned for 6,000 eggs to be scattered across the track’s infield, and the Goodrich Student Council and Honor Society will lend their assistance. Several businesses and residents have donated funds and prizes for the event, and council will prepare hot dogs and drinks for those attending.
A discussion between Goodrich ISD and city council over responsibility of a pothole on Katie Simpson Road has the city asking for a determination of school district boundary lines.
The city abandoned a section of Katie Simpson in 1996, as Goodrich ISD constructed a new gymnasium and classrooms where Katie Simpson once extended. The city is requesting that the school district conduct a survey to determine boundary lines.
Goodrich Mayor Kelly Nelson said school district superintendent Daniel Barton has told the council if it is on school property, Goodrich ISD will repair the pothole.
“I am going to call Mr. Barton in the morning and say that he needs to get the surveyor that did the survey and mark what is the school’s property,” Nelson said.
ProStar Waste has a heavy trash day as part of its contract with the City of Goodrich, where a dumpster is placed at certain times for residents. There is an issue with the dumpster often overstuffed, and council would like to see a larger unit placed at the site to resolve the issue. Goodrich secretary Felicia Garrett said the county recently sent letters to certain residents needing to clean their property, and feels that this is been a recent factor in the dumpster issue.
The May 6 election has been canceled with no one challenging the aldermen currently serving. The incumbents whose term will begin once more in May include Nelson, Karen Hughes, Deborah Rademacher and Richard Booth.
The city has purchased ClerkBooks for a total of $10,124. Difficulties in finding a municipal accountant has prompted the move, and the purchase will include training that will allow Garrett to fill the role. A renewal for the product is $749 each year.
Tim Harrell Mowing, which is contracted as caretaker of lawns at city hall and the community center, requested a bump in compensation from $300 per month to $400. A current breakdown of the contract is $100 for city hall and $200 per month at the community center. The lawns are mowed on a bi-weekly basis.
Council felt the company has performed admirably in maintaining both locations, but has offered an additional $50 instead of the $100 the company was seeking.
Three pine trees will be removed from the community center for $1,250 with the stumps grinded for $250, to avoid the danger of limbs over the structure.
CenterPoint Energy sent notice of its new GRIP adjustments for 2023. Each year, the company sends adjustments to the City of Goodrich for providing natural gas. The current charges are $21.95 per residential customer per month. There will be a $2.98 increase per month per customer. Small businesses will see a $4.48 increase, while large volume customers will have a $24.12 increase per month.
The new City of Goodrich website is now up and running, and will receive a few tweaks in the coming days.