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The Mayor's Report
By Byron Richards
Dear Citizens, "The First Hundred Days": Your city ended 2016 on sound financial footing and your council's agenda is to continue projects and seek grant funding for infrastructure upgrades that will modernize our city. For four years grant applications have been submitted to TxDOT for sidewalks, curbs and lighting for our business district. In May we will again summit an application for $650M construction grant. The importance of this endeavor requires our concerted efforts until this objective is achieved. The second annual Civil War reenactment with the increased participation of visiting students, reenactors and the public supports our belief that this event will grow and afford Groveton positive recognition throughout East Texas and hopefully beyond. Another plus for our community is the Bear Chase Marathon on April 8th. The events plus our July 4th celebration and Christmas on the Square are indicators that we are receiving name recognition for our city. Community support is vital and any progress, so get aboard and be a volunteer in community activities. The current upgrading of service lines on Hwy 287 East will close our major water project. The upgrading of service lines on Hwy 94 to the city limits should be finished by the end of summer. The airport runway lighting system grant is proceeding with construction to be completed within 2017. April is "Groveton Clean and Green Days" so established to honor Brett Byers 1957-2012 on his own initiative with no reward or recognition, dedicated hours to the collection of litter on the street and highways of the Groveton area. The container, located across from Piney Woods Health Care, for big items will be delivered Friday the 21st and retrieved on the 24th. Please pray for our country, city, leaders, first responders, our military men and women and for friends and neighbors who have special needs at this time.