By Michael G. Maness
CHESTER – Chester City Secretary Balela Mahaffey reminded the council at their Monday evening council meeting, June 5, that Mayor Robert Poynter, Councilman Chris Cocco, she will be meeting again on Wednesday with Grantworks to look at another grant to replace gas piplines.
The council tabled an agreement drawn up between the city and Tyler County under the auspices of Commissioner Doug Hughes to get help from the county for roads and emergencies. There were a few questions on minor details, but in general the city was welcome to access the county heavy equipment at a nominal cost.
Councilman Bryan Davis asked the council to give Director of Public Works Ivan Coronado a bonus for taking a recent needed initiative on the city park, and the council unanimously approved.
Poynter broached the question of getting Mahaffey a new desk more suitable for her manifold needs, and the council talked about several options.
In a pleasant surprise, Poynter presented Mahaffey with an “Employee of the Year” award for her untiring work in all the transitions and upgrades that have come fast this last year.
The city park playground equipment will be installed soon, and Poynter tendered his desire for a modest celebration.