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TRINITY — The Trinity City Council bought some and fixed some of its aging equipment and fleet at its Thursday meeting.

The council OK’d the purchase of two Chevy Tahoes for the Police Department, and a sewer machine, lawn mowers, a tractor, a backhoe and two trailers for the Public Works Department.

City Council Member Scott Womack said the purchase carries a $300,000 price tag which will be paid over five years.

Additionally, the council approved the purchase of a dump trailer for heavy solid waste hauling at a cost of $12,500, which Womack said will bring the city into compliance with the Texas Commission on Environmental Quality in regard to hauling trash.

Also trash-related, the council approved $33,000 in repairs on two vehicles used in daily trash pickup, which will give the city two front line and one backup trash hauler.

However, the council tabled measure to hire Trinity Muffler to perform regular maintenance on city vehicles in order to get bids from all shops in town.

In a separate matter, the council discussed options on adding Back Porch Bar to city utilities.

Womack said all options were discussed, but the matter was tabled until discussions with TCEQ can be had.

Womack said the bar’s pre-treatment system is not sufficient; in addition, the bar is 1½ miles outside of city limits.

In other business, the council:

•contracted with County Elections Administrator Priscilla Rasbeary for a May 2023 city election;

•named two private streets Foley Street and Netta Street;

•set the date of July 1, 2023, for the city’s Fourth of July celebration, and approved spending $10,300 for fireworks; and

•approved the annual audit performed by Dianne Sollock, which was presented with an unmodified opinion.

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