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By Albert Trevino
SJNT correspondent

COLDSPRING — The City of Coldspring council moved forward with upcoming holiday-related resolutions during its meeting on Nov. 7.

The Highway Department has reportedly approved the city’s request this year to close Highway 150 and FM 1514 for the annual Christmas on the Square activities.

The council expects Letecia Matticks to present a formal request for the City to close Cedar Street between the San Jacinto County Courthouse and Annex for a street dance from 7-10 p.m. after the Christmas Tree Lighting on Nov. 26.

Additionally, the city has adopted its 2023 city holidays/city council meeting dates, which are lined up with the county’s dates for next year.

Officials will be set to review an ordinance regarding public events in order to properly update the long-standing ordinance.

In other business, the council:

•approved continued participation in the statewide Opioid Settlement Initiative. The account and fund are used to manage payments received by the state from settlements against opioid manufacturers, distributors, or other parties subject to violation of state or federal laws on the manufacture, marketing, distribution, or sale of opioids;

•approved an increase in funds to help support the annual Dolly Parton Imagination Library program for the Coldspring Area Library;

•discussed revising bids for the ballpark restroom/concession stand and sewer project;

•discussed making an offer to buy back a portion of the Mary Elizabeth Reynold 20-acre property that was originally owned by the city;

•approved a new RV park ordinance with changes to be finalized next month;

•discussed wastewater plant production which is reportedly operating at 25 to 30 percent of capacity; and

•discussed the 2023 budget to be proposed in December.

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