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Coldspring fi re chiefs express appreciation
San Jacinto News- Times
COLDSPRING – Coldspring Volunteer Fire Chief David Buhman presented city council members with a plaque Monday night thanking them for their support and informing them about the success of a recent fundraiser held at the four-way in Coldspring. As Buhman presented the plaque to council members, Coldspring Assistant Volunteer Fire Chief Billy Vestal Jr., held up a new fi re jacket and pants recently purchased with money the City of Coldspring presented to the fi re department. Grant money in the amount of $8,400 from the Texas Forest Service and the city’s money enabled the VFD to purchase six sets of new fi re fi ghting gear, according to Buhman. “The price of the coat and pants is $1,800,” Buhman said. “We got the best we could afford.” On Saturday, March 26, the VFD collected money at the four-way in Coldspring to help an employee of the San Jacinto County Sheriff’s Department whose 15-year-old daughter, Sarah, was accidentally struck by a vehicle while trying to cross Hwy. 156 during spring break March 16. “We have a city ordinance against collecting on a city street and had several complaints,” said Coldspring Mayor Pat Eversole. Eversole explained that the city had to pass the ordinance because of the number of children in the past who were in the streets collecting funds, creating dangerous situations. “We do appreciate the fi re department,” Coldspring City Councilman Frank McMurrey said. “Anytime something is going to take place inside the city limits we need to be told about it,” Eversole said. The city ordinance known as the Public Event Ordinance, was passed in October of 1992. “I didn’t know about the ordinance and I doubt that the sheriff knows about it,” Buhman said, assuring the council that they would be notifi ed of any fundraising activity within the city limits in the future. The volunteer fi re chief answered several question council members had concerning the VFD’s budget and how the San Jacinto County Emergency Services District (ESD) distributes county tax money it collects for the county’s eight or nine volunteer fire departments. Buhman said the Coldspring VFD requested a budget amount of $33,000 from the ESD for this year but received only $17,000. The previous year the VFD received a budget amount of $15,000 and ran out of money before the end of the year, he said. “That amount doesn’t include replacement of equipment such as the jackets and pants,” Buhman said. In other business, council members approved a request from the Coldspring Merchant’s Association to host the Second Annual Car and Bike Show in downtown Coldspring on May 28. Two committee members were appointed to assist Billie Trapp with a city ordinance stating any remodeling on existing buildings or any new construction around the town square or signage should conform to existing façade of the original buildings. The appointment of Barbara Shelton was approved and the appointment of Margaret Lynn is pending upon her notification and acceptance. Council members voted to cancel the 2011 Coldspring City Election because the three city councilmen up for reelection are all running unopposed.