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coldspringcityTCNS staff

COLDSPRING — The Coldspring City Council gave its blessing for Mayor John Benestante to enter into talks with the Coldspring Community Center.

Benestante said that at the Feb. 5 meeting, the council approved his discussions; he said he put out the idea that the center come under the city umbrella to help it with some of its problems. The center was looking for additional funding from the city.

The building is showing signs of wear, has some mold issues and could use expansion; Benestante said the made the suggestion for the center’s board to looking into designs for a new structure.

Additionally, the council discussed the purchase of some property, which Benestante said could play into the center’s expansion.

In other business, the council:

•approved hiring Axley & Rode for the 2023 fiscal year audit;

•authorized Benestante to meet with the Coldspring Library for an event to be held at a city park;

•discussed the renovation of the property at 201 Highway 150, the former Boles supermarket, which will be dismantled;

•discussed the removal of trees at the Methodist Church, which were starting to drop limbs on to parked vehicles. The city is working with TxDOT to remove trees, after which the city will change the parking scheme to help the area;

•discussed violations of unauthorized and off-premises signs, and the city is sending notices to all violators

•discussed the electronic sign for the front of City Hall; and

•discussed changing the rate structure for multiple sewer taps on commercial properties and dropping to a flat fee for single family houses.

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