By Mollie LaSalle
COLMESNEIL – Colmesneil City Council held their regular monthly meeting Monday evening, and quickly tackled all agenda items. Mayor Duane Crews attended via teleconference from home, and welcomed Lesley Waxman, who was on hand to advise council that the city has been approved for the grant that they applied for in 2021, for the Pitzer Street improvement project, in the amount of $350K, with a match of $175K.
Waxman said that the city has signed contracts with the engineer, and the admins, and is waiting to get the signed contract from the state to proceed, and once that happens, the process can proceed.
Once they have all the contracts signed, Waxman’s firm will meet with the engineer, and she will facilitate a sit -down meeting with the engineer, the city of Colmesneil and her office to get the ball rolling.
Crews wanted council to acknowledge former mayor Don Baird’s 95th birthday, which is Saturday, Feb. 18.
He proposed council to get together and send him a card of thanks for his many years of service to the city of Colmesneil.
Council approved gifting the former mayor and his wife Barbara with a gift card to spend at the restaurant of their choice.
Baird was mayor of Colmesneil for 19 years before stepping down in 2021, due to ongoing health problems.
Before adjourning for the evening, council member Gene Allen proposed changing their meeting time from 7 p.m. to 6 p.m.
Councilmember Billy Andrus seconded the motion, and Crews made it official. Council will begin meeting at 6 p.m. beginning in March.
With no further business to discuss, council adjourned for the evening.
Colmesneil City Council will meet at their new time, 6 p.m., on March 14 in the conference room of the Colmesneil City Hall.