By Mollie LaSalle
COLMESNEIL – Colmesneil City Council held its regular monthly meeting last Tuesday, August 9. Council quickly approved all minutes from the previous month’s meeting before addressing the new agenda items.
The first agenda item was to approve holding a general election November 8, 2022. The city then approved the resolution to hold a joint election with the county, and both were approved in short order.
The next item up was the permanent removal of the Check Free Bill Pay service that the city has been providing to customers for several years. They have to notify the public 31 days in advance that it is being terminated; the mayor advised that they have begun this process.
As of August 9, they hadn’t heard anything from the owner of the hardware store about taking this over as a service provider.
Mayor Duane Crews and councilmembers are still considering the purchase of a new truck for the city; the one they currently utilize is in the shop for repairs. The mayor has been shopping around various dealerships and other sites and has yet to find anything that council members would deem acceptable to purchase. This matter has been in discussion for the last few months.
Ultimately, the city will have to purchase a truck (either new or used), but they want to wait until they can get a vehicle that will serve the needs of the city for years to come.
City Secretary Wendy Bendy inquired about the status of the Fall Festival which the city has hosted for the past two years; it was decided to go ahead with preparations for this year in light of the success of last year’s event. The festival would be held the week prior to Halloween. Per Bubba Sheffield, Homecoming will be September 16, and he has not heard of any plans to have a parade this year.
The city has hired Sherry Brown as part-time office help to assist Wendy Bendy. She has already started in her position and is only working three days a week for now. With no further business to discuss, council adjourned at 7:23 p.m.