About $300,000 of the amusement permit money was set aside to fund a future City Hall. No city taxes would be used for the construction.
Mayor Larry Jochetz said the land for the future City Hall would be donated. He said the city is just waiting for the transfer of the property’s deed.
The current City Hall is an old bank building on the town’s square, where the city government and its services has operated from more than 25 years.
The building has water damage from the roof, and its air conditioning and heating unit, which has been repaired twice, is about to quit.
In addition, the council chambers is a small space that is not accommodating to residents. The city council moves out into the main lobby when large numbers of residents attend the meetings.
The council unanimously approved advertising for bids to construct a new City Hall.
“I’d like bids from three or four people,” Jochetz said.
The council also approved committing game room money to build the future City Hall.
Elix Ortiz made the motion and Debra Bolcik seconded. The vote was unanimous.
Also from game room money, the council approved transferring $100,000 from the general fund amusement permit money fund to the Enterprise Fund and committing the money to the sewer plant bank account.
The money would be used to purchase a filtering rake for the sewer plant that would take out rocks and rags and other debris that causes the system to break down.
Jochetz said the council will go out for bids for the device, which is expected to cost around $90,000.
The council also approved half the purchase—$8,824—of an RC Honda gasoline 2 tool twin pump from Advanced Rescue Systems. The tool is used like a Jaws of Life and will be part of the Woodsboro Fire Department’s equipment.
Jochetz said it is hoped that the Refugio County Commissioners Court would approve the other half of the cost for the life-saving tool. Again, the money is coming from amusement permit money.
Also, the council committed $16,000 from the game room permit money to the purchase of six fire hydrants for Wranosky Road. Currently, no fire hydrants or on the road except for one near Woodsboro ISD.
Also, $2,000 of the game room money was approved for the Refugio County Community Development Foundation.
RCCDF board president Ann Fierova said the foundation can help get grants toward the new City Hall, as well.
And Juanita Freudiger, of the foundation, said the organization will work to find and retain new businesses.
In other business, the council approved a $30,000 fire contract with the Woodsboro Volunteer Fire Department.
Also, the council approved the purchase of 50 tons of coal mix at $73 a ton from Vulcan, totalling $3,650.
The council also approved changing its March meeting from March 4 to March 3 at 7 p.m.
The council also voted to accept the Jan. 30 resignation of Police Chief Joseph Roberts. No reason was give for the resignation.
And the council voted to advertise for the police chief position.