By Tony Farkas
TRINITY — The Trinity City Council, after meeting with town residents, will begin forming committees to help clean up the town as well as plan and execute a sesquicentennial.
Council members heard complaints as well as ideas during a special meeting on Thursday.
Mayor Billy Goodin said his purpose for planning an anniversary celebration was to help the city and its residents embrace cleanup, and not just for the event; he would like to see the committee stay in place to keep things tidy year-round.
“I feel that if people drive through our city and want to shop here, or if people want to move here, if people want to start a business here, we need to do this,” Goodin said. “Most of all, I want to instill pride in the community. I think things have gone on so long that people don’t care anymore.”
While numerous residents came forward with complaints about neighbors and certain areas of the city, and questioned why the city did not enforce its ordinances, City Manager Steve Jones said under previous councils, the city couldn’t enforce anything as council members were in violation as well.
Goodin said the city also is going through all of its nuisance ordinances to see what’s in place, and with recommendations from the Texas Municipal League, the council will revise the ordinances to current standards and start enforcement.
Moreover, now that the city finances are in good shape, the city plans to hire more Public Works employees to make sure all things like trash pickup and road work are completed.
Goodin said that the committee can be a line of communication to the City Council about problems the city face.
An organizational meeting will be held Thursday at 6 p.m. at the Trinity Community Center, where volunteers will sign up for committees and create mission statements. Goodin said that anyone visiting, shopping or spending time in Trinity is welcome.