By Mitchell Woody
Special for messenger
GRAPELAND – Hello Grapeland, we had our monthly board meeting on February 8; Here are the main points of this meeting.
Currently we do not have a Building and Standards Commission manager. The Building and Standards Commission is an entity that helps enforce the cleanliness and safety of your city. If you are interested in being the manager, please contact City Hall at 687-2115. You must live within the city limits to qualify.
Council has approved the go-ahead to begin the process for a debt consolidation loan from the city. This will free up funds over the next few years to improve our infrastructure.
The council voted to adopt the Houston County Risk Mitigation Plan. Adopting this plan makes the city eligible for FEMA grants and funds related to preparing for a multitude of natural disasters.
The deadline to add your name to the ballot for a seat on council or mayor’s office ended at 5 p.m. on Friday, February 18. The position of mayor will not oppose, so the current mayor will remain for another term. There are three candidates for two council seats. The names are Justin Lumbreraz (incumbent), Bobbie Jo Woody and Jack Coleman. Councilor Eddie Childress will be stepping down and we are very grateful for his service to our community; we will miss him.
This is an “At Large” election; meaning the two candidates with the most votes win the council seats. We don’t have neighborhoods like other cities. Please, I implore everyone to vote in your city’s election on Saturday, May 7th. The vote is your voice in a democracy; never think your voice is too small.
“A drop of water seems like nothing, until the ocean speaks.” Mitchell Woody.