Houston County Courier - Local News
Stories Added - June 2009
Copyright 2009 - Polk County Publishing Company
Council seats new member, bids farewell to another
Houston County Courier - June 2009
By Daphne Hereford
Members of Crockett City Council welcomed new member Robert Meadows and bid farewell to Darius Kitchen during their regular meeting held on Monday, June 15.
City Administrator Ron Duncan administered the oath of office to Meadows who will serve in council Position 2. “It is an honor and privilege to serve,” Meadows said following the ceremony.
In a subsequent ceremony, Mayor Wayne Mask presented a plaque to outgoing member Darius Kitchen who had served in the Position 2 place.
“Thank you to everyone I served with, it has been an honor,” Kitchen said following the presentation.
In other business, Duncan made a presentation outlining the summer work program funded by a $75,000 DETCOG grant.
Duncan said the project will utilize 40 students and mentors for the program would include Joe Garms of Habitat for Humanity as well as Billy Scott and David Baxter of Crockett Independent School District.
The program that is slated to last eight weeks will incorporate the cleaning of several areas of the city and focus on leadership, volunteerism and community service.
Duncan said during the first week of the project the group would prepare for the upcoming Juneteenth celebration by cleaning the area around the Groves Foundation, I.T. Williams Park and the parade route.
He said the focus would then shift to cleaning the gateways into the community and the group would spend time in Davy Crockett Memorial Park and then shift to area Habitat for Humanity projects.
Duncan said the county received a like grant and their efforts would focus on projects in the county while the city will focus on projects located in the city.
“I think it is going to be worthwhile project. It will be good for the kids and the community,” Duncan said.
Duncan postponed the introduction of the City of Crockett Refuse Control Officer Ray Fleming to the next meeting. He said Fleming, a retired Houston firefighter, was in Laredo completing his certification for the position.
Council approved appointment of Bill Holcomb to serve as the city’s representative to DETCOG.
In other action, council approved an ordinance adopting a water conservation plan for the city. Duncan said he had consulted with Mayor Pro Tem Holcomb and they had made some working changes and added some information to the report.
“I’m satisfied with it now,” Holcomb said.
During the comment portion of the meeting councilman Ansel Bradshaw said in response to the question posed from Councilman Nathan Gardner at the last meeting about his plans to generate revenue for the city, he would request an action item be placed on the next agenda.
Bradshaw then addressed Crockett Police Chief Jimmy Fisher saying he had seen several intersections where vegetation had grown over stop signs or the sign were broken.
He asked police officers report anything they see while on patrol that appeared to be unsafe to the department. Fisher said, “I will be more than happy to cooperate. I will get on that tomorrow morning.”
Councilman Jackie Jones was absent from the meeting.