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By Tony Farkas
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GROVETON — The Groveton City Council will purchase a new home for the city library.

At its regular meeting on March 27, the council approved the purchase of the Hutson Abstract building on West First Street.

Mayor Tommy Walton said that Library Director Cathy Czajkowski discussed how the building could be modified for the library’s use at minimal cost, and pointed out that there are grants available for purchasing furniture, books and computers.

Walton said residents in attendance at the meeting expressed support for the idea, and the council members present approved the request.

Members Steve Casper and Joe Don Kennedy were absent.

In other business, the council:

•discussed the loss of Operator Mike Brown from Inframark, who had been running the city’s water and wastewater operations. Additionally, the council approved the monthly payment of $6,101.26.

Inframark representatives Liza Prudhomme-Mireles and Herbert Lyons reported that there was an average flow of 102,000 gallons per day into the wastewater plant, and a total of 2,263,000 gallons of water was pumped from the city wells. Also, a TCEQ inspection showed some potential violations and Inframark is working to address those.

•appointed election judges for the May 6 city election — Rita Danford as Judge and Sandra Feeny as Alternate Judge;

•approved $14 hourly rates for election judges and clerks for the city election ;

•discussed seeking bids for contractors to dredge retention ponds; and

•discussed Chief Justin Cowart’s report for February. The department had 31 calls for service, performed 97 traffic stops, issued 48 warnings and 47 citations, took 10 reports and made 6 arrests.

Cowart told the council they have made some headway in removing drugs from the street and making use of more reserve officers.

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