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News December 13, 2011  RSS feed

Centerville City Council swears in new members

By Sherry Matney


Mayor N.R. Goolsby swears in new council members Hilda Adams and Tony Boykin. Seated are Council members Warren Baillio, Bobby Walters and Tammy Mason. 
Sherry’s Shots Mayor N.R. Goolsby swears in new council members Hilda Adams and Tony Boykin. Seated are Council members Warren Baillio, Bobby Walters and Tammy Mason. Sherry’s Shots The Centerville City Council began its December by swearing in newly-elected Council members Hilda Adams and Tony Boykin. The action provided Centerville with a full Council for the first time since last fall.

Following the swearing in ceremony and reading of the minutes, Laura Bloss with Texas Municipal League (TML) presented retiree options for the coming year. Retirees are currently offered the same medical coverage as employees. The Council voted to leave as is with the option to change on an annual basis.

Anthony Mills with Texas Municipal Retirement System (TMRS) presented the Council with a letter showing how much money needs to be paid into the retirement plan to keep it fully funded. The Council had budgeted 7.5% but Mills advised that the City should pay 2.79% and the fund would be funded properly. Mills said, “If there was a poster child for a healthy retirement plan, Centerville’s would be it.” The Council agreed to go with Mills’ recommendation.

Under old business Tammy Mason said she had received a call which said the caller had read where the City had committed to give money to help save Fort Boggy State Park. Hilda Adams added that she had read it in both Buffalo Press and the Buffalo Express.

The account was reported in the Commissioners’ Court report in last week’s papers when, according to those papers and the Jewett Messenger, Park Ranger Wesley Hamilton told the Court that he had a verbal commitment for half the needed funds from the City of Centerville and was asking for the other half from the County.

Mayor N.R. Goolsby reiterated that as much as the City would like to help the park he had been advised by the City Attorney that they could not contribute for operating funds. Tony Boykin had told Hamilton in the November meeting that he could probably find some investors to build some cabins if Hamilton would get back with him with an investment rate. According to Boykin he has not heard from Hamilton.

The Council tabled action concerning public hearings, notices and letters to Tampico, L.P. and Al Singleton concerning properties which need to be cleaned.

City Secretary Lindsie Wood reported that Amy Hennard with engineer firm Jones and Carter, said TXDOT is currently reviewing the work for the Steve Torno property and there doesn’t appear to be any problem. Hopefully the work can be completed shortly.

The Council agreed that the City offices will be closed from Thursday, December 22, through Monday, December 26, for the Christmas Holidays.


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