By Tony Farkas
GROVETON — The Groveton City County gave its approval to close the downtown area for a homecoming celebration at its regular meeting on Sept. 26.
Groveton Mayor Tommy Walton said that Tim Coker with the Groveton Ex-Students Association asked the council to close downtown Oct. 21 for a street dance after the football game, something that is done every other year at homecoming.
The group also asked to allow consumption of alcohol, which also was approved; the Council asked that Porta Potties and garbage receptacles be provided and that cleanup occur afterwards.
The city will provide security.
In other business, the council:
•discussed an issue involving animals;
•discussed information from Chief Justin Cowart, who showed that in August the Police Department had 44 calls for service, 44 traffic stops, 14 verbal warnings, took 10 reports, issued 30 citations and made 3 arrests. Additionally, the department is making use of reserves and requiring 16 hours of on time with the city per month;
•discussed an Animal Control report, showing there were 22 calls and 14 dogs and eight cats were transported to shelter;
•approved payment of $5,437.50 to Inframark for sewer and water services. Mike Brown reported an average flow of 63,000 gallons per day of sewer and total water pumped was 3,500,000 gallons for August;
•approved and ordinance declining rate changes for Entergy;
•approved a resolution to make available $100,000 from savings for street paving;
•adopted Trinity County News-Standard as newspaper of record;
•adopted Citizens State Bank as depository;
•adopted a tax rate of .9479 per $100 property valuation, which is same as last year; and
•adopted the FY 2022-23 budget of $1,777,046.