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groveton texas city limits 250TCNS staff

GROVETON — Finances and fire trucks were the order of business for the Groveton City Council.

At its regular meeting on Jan. 23, Groveton Volunteer Fire Department  Chief Glenn Hammond gave the council his 2022 incidents and discussed the new fire engine.

Mayor Tommy Walton said the engine, which the department received in 2022, is in place and working well, and an old fire engine was sold to Pennington Emergency Services District.

Hammond also told the council the department is working on old tanker in an attempt to upgrade it.

Additionally, the department has received a couple of nice donations that has allowed the GVFD to purchase a generator for the fire station.

In a separate matter, Walton said the council received a very favorable report concerning the city’s financial condition, based on an audit of FY 2021-2022 prepared by Todd, Hamaker and Johnson LLP.

In other business, the council:

•approved a general election for May 6;

•discussed the police department calls for service for December, with 53 calls for service, 79 traffic stops, 33 verbal warnings, five reports, 46 citations, five county assists and five arrests. Chief Justin Cowart presented a calendar that he will make available to the Sheriff and Dispatch so they will know when the department is on call.  With the Chief, one full-time officer and one part-time officer, along with reserves, the city has all days with an officer on duty; and

•discussed the sewer and water systems and approved payment of $7,826.39. Mike Brown reported an average flow of 104,000 gallons per day of sewer, and total water pumped for the month was 3,127,000 gallons.

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