By Chris Edwards
WOODVILLE – At its regular meeting on Monday, Dec. 14, the Woodville City Council gave a go-ahead to a project that promises to add some visual stimulation to the city park.
City Administrator Mandy Risinger brought up the topic, and said that several years ago, the idea of painting a mural on the park’s retaining wall was proposed. Risinger said the Tyler County Art League was also approached about helping with the endeavor.
Municipal Judge Judith Haney, who also heads up TCAL, spoke about the project, and said that the organization had looked at grant funding sources in the past to help make the mural a reality.
Haney said ideally, it would be nice to have the wall painted in time for Dogwood Festival next year and suggested soliciting community involvement. Any kind of slogans or concepts that represent the community would be fair game for the mural.
She said that in the future, the Art League would be glad to help maintain the mural.
Risinger said the addition of a mural “would be a really nice addition” to the park.
The council approved TCAL to move forward in getting information out to the public about the project and getting the community’s involvement.
Prior to the meeting, a swearing-in ceremony took place, with Haney administering the oath of office to Clifton Wright; Joyce Wilson and Herbert Branch.
Wright, who began his term as Alderman, Place 3, takes the place of longtime councilmember Janice Weatherford, who opted to not run for re-election.
Wilson and Branch are both returning to serve new terms, and Wilson was also chosen at the meeting to serve as Mayor Pro-Tem.
• Council approved an addendum to its co-op gas supply contract.
• Risinger reported to council on the upcoming Martin Luther King Jr. Day parade, which is scheduled for Jan. 17, 2022.
• The city has begun its annual audit, Risinger said.
• City offices are closed Dec. 23 and 24 for Christmas and on Friday, Dec. 31 for New Year’s Eve.