BEEVILLE – The City Council approved awarding annual funding requests to two organizations providing services to the community.

Council members voted at their May 28 meeting to give the Beeville Boys and Girls Club $17,000 for the organization’s summer recreation program and provide a donation of $85,000 for the John Barnhart Bee County Library.

City Director of Finance Kristine Horton told council members that the funds had been budgeted for both programs.

Boys and Girls Club Director John Corkill said the summer recreation program already had started, and the turnout was better than expected.

Library Director Rosie Amaya reminded the council that the facility depends on funds from local governments to maintain accreditation.

She said the city, county and Beeville Independent School District provide the local funding support.

Councilmen voted unanimously to approve the requests.

The council also voted to postpone action on a request from Police Chief Robert J. Bridge to go ahead with the purchase of body cameras for his officers.

Bridge said he was ready to spend the $56,428 he would need to purchase the cameras, but councilmen still had questions about the costs of storing information from the cameras.

Mayor Pro Tem Benny Puente Jr. said he wanted to see the BPD purchase both body cameras and dashboard cameras from the same vendor so that they would not have to try to work with two different companies for the cameras.

Puente made a motion to table the matter and postpone the purchase, and Councilman Ford Patton seconded the motion. It passed without opposition.

Council members also voted to:

— Appoint Patton as the new chairman for the city’s Charter Review Committee.

— Approve the installation of two Neighborhood Crime Watch signs on North Lightburne Street.

— Authorize the BPD to hire two new police department cadets who will be starting at the Victoria Police Academy.

Gary Kent is a reporter at the Bee-Picayune and can be reached at 358-2550, ext. 120, or at