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Mann appointed to fill Branch’s council seat

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Woodville City SealBy Mollie LaSalle

WOODVILLE – Woodville City Council held their regular monthly meeting last Tuesday, and prior to the meeting being called to order, David Waxman spoke about the CDBG Grant money the city has applied for. Three million plus has been allocated for Woodville, with no max required. The total amount of the CDBG grant is $3,325.000.00. Waxman stated that a portion of the funds have to be used for low method of distribution, or approximately $1,163,750.00 of the grant. 

The Texas General Land Office concentrated on towns by zip code that sustained the most damage from Hurricane Harvey, and Waxman added that most of the damage was 100% in the city of Woodville. 

Per Waxman, the deadline to apply for the grant is Nov. 15, 2022, with letters of awards going out sometime in April of 2023. 

Council voted to fill the unexpired term of Alderman Herbert Branch, who recently stepped down from the council. Joyce Wilson nominated Lee Mann to serve the remainder of Branch’s term, with Kelly Dillard seconding the motion. The board must meet to approve Mann’s appointment, and should he be approved, Mann will be sworn in at the next council meeting on Nov. 14.

City Manager Mandy Risinger acknowledged Woodville native Kim Cruse’s success on the NBC show “The Voice”, having all four judges turn their chair around at the audition. 

Cruse is the daughter of Ramona and Bobby Cruse of Woodville. Bobby Cruse was a longtime employee of the city for 25 years, and was “a joy” to be around, said Risinger. 

Risinger also mentioned events coming up in Woodville; the Lion’s Club held their Chili Lunch on Friday, Oct. 14, the Harvest Festival took place last Friday and Saturday at Heritage Village, and the Rotary Club’s annual Gumbo Dinner is slated for October 28th at the Fire Station in Woodville. 

The annual “Red Ribbon Day” for the schools (Just Say No To Drugs) is scheduled for the 24th, and the Tyler County Child Welfare Board’s 14th annual “Adopt An Angel” Holiday Tea and Purse Auction is going “live” again (after a two year online auction) at the Family Life Center of Our Lady of the Pines Catholic Church, on November 12, at 10 am. 

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