By Tony Farkas
COLDSPRING — The Coldspring City Council passed its 2023 budget at its regular meeting on Dec. 5.
Mayor John Benestante said the $1.42 million budget has close to $1 million in grant funds in it — $631,000 for a sewer project and $240k for design funds.
Benestante said overall, the budget is $81,000 less than last year.
Additionally, there are two projects in budget; Benestante said he would like to place an electric marquee at City Hall for information for tourists and things like a fire ban, and the city will build a storage facility behind City Hall to help with its records retention.
In a related matter, the council approved a resolution supporting the Coldspring Area Library, the Volunteer Fire Department and the San Jacinto Senior Citizens Center. Benestante said the city budget will contain “rainy day” funds for these organizations, which while they are not city departments, they provided numerous benefits to the city.
In other business, the council:
•discussed operations at the wastewater plant, which is operating at 16 percent of capacity;
•discussed the specifications on construction of a concession stand;
•approved grant administration; and
•approved amending budget to purchase van for the senior center.