By Brian Besch
The Goodrich City Council met Thursday to discuss an alderman seat, private railroad crossing and a culvert during July’s regular meeting in the community center.
Council discussed the possibility of replacing Alderman Richard Booth, who suffered a stroke recently and is now resting under hospice care near family in Arkansas.
“I am asking you all to keep their family in prayer,” Mayor Pro-tem Bobby Wright said. “This position, we just have to play it by ear, and maybe we can talk to some people and let them know that this is what we are going to do in the future.”
Without suggestions, council tabled the item until the August regular meeting.
The application to Union Pacific Railroad for a private railroad crossing at Garner Road has been submitted by Goodrich City Secretary Felicia Garrett. The road gives access to the city’s sewer plant. No one has returned information to the City of Goodrich since the application’s submittal.
The city approved building permits for ProStar Waste. With increased construction in Goodrich, the company has a contract to provide waste receptacles.
“We know that we are having houses come in and people are building,” Wright said. “Sometimes they get their own big trash dumpster. We have a contract with ProStar Waste, that if they have any renovations or tearing down structures, they would use ProStar Waste for the big dumpsters. The owner would have to come into city hall for a permit, letting us know that they are getting ready to build or what kind of construction they are getting ready to do. She (Garrett) would inform them that they would have to use ProStar Waste (for dumpsters).”
Finally, council discussed the continuing problem at Sam Loggins Road, where flooding is an issue after heavy rains. A few years ago, the city put in a large culvert to help the flow of water, yet flooding persists.
A six foot culvert has been discussed to be placed near the one already installed. With large amounts of rain, city contractors say water will reach around waist-high levels, dangerously close to an electrical box that sits nearby. The price for the culvert is expected to be around $5,000.