By Mollie LaSalle
COLMESNEIL – The Colmesneil City Council held its regular monthly meeting last Tuesday and packed a lot of information into a short period of time.
Mayor Duane Crews was excited to announce that the city has (finally) purchased a new truck. After months of looking and stressing the need for one, Mayor Crews found one at Weaver Brothers in Jasper, a 2022 Dodge Ram. The total cost for the new vehicle was $33,569 and the city got $2,000 on trade in for the old truck. Council voted to transfer funds from the general account to the water and sewer account to cover the purchase of the truck. Mayor Pro-Tem Billy Andrus congratulated Crews on all his hard work in getting the new vehicle.
Two agenda items dealing with ordinances # 124 & 125 were approved in short order. Ordinance#124 was the declining of the rate change request by Entergy and ordinance #125 was the cancellation of the November 8 election for the city due to no opposition. Entergy’s rate change request is declined every year by the city.
Council opted to approve the purchase of a new ice machine for the Community Center at a cost of $469, and City Secretary Wendy Bendy reported that August 19 was the last day that the city offered the check free pay service. To date, no other business in town has expressed an interest in taking this service on. Bendy also reported that the city has four CDs which will mature Oct. 7, and after that date, she has 10 days to decide if they want to keep them where they are (Citizens Bank) or try to get better interest rates by moving them elsewhere. She also announced that the Fall Festival will take place Oct. 29 form 6-8 pm. This will be the third year, and it just keeps getting better every year; the last two years were well-attended, and a good time was had by all; this year promises to be bigger and better than ever.
Colmesneil held a parade prior to last week’s homecoming, and judging by some comments from council members, everyone had a great time.
After approving all reports and minutes from last month’s meeting, and discussing all agenda items, council adjourned at 7:25 p.m. Colmesneil City Council will meet again on Oct. 11 at 7 p.m.