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Council discusses removal of stop sign

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Proclaims May Motorcycle Safety and Awareness Month

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MABANK–The Mabank City Council met in regular session April 9 and discussed the removal of a stop sign on County Road 4022 by Country Club Drive.
Code Enforcement Officer Tony Jenkins told the council that the request to remove the stop sign came from residents on Splitrail Dr. There is a stop sign for east bound traffic on CR 4022, but not for west bound traffic coming from U.S. Highway 175. There is also a stop sign on Country Club Dr. for vehicles turning on to CR 4022.
After much discussion of safety at the intersection, taking into consideration the golf carts traveling in the area, the council approved not removing the stop sign, but adding one for west-bound traffic, creating a three-way-stop at the intersection. No date was discussed for installing the sign.
The council also proclaimed the Month of May Motorcycle Safety and Awareness Month in the city, advising citizens to share the road safely with motorcycle drivers who are more likely to be injured or killed in a collision.
Several riders from area motorcycle clubs were present to witness the proclamation and thank city leaders for their cooperation and concern.
The council also approved EDC financing projects for expansion of Story Electric. The city is required to review any project in excess of $10,000. The EDC financing included a $9,500 façade improvement grant, a $9,500 new building grant and a $40,000 no-interest loan to be paid back within 24 months.
Mayor Jeff Norman told the council that the business plans to improve signage and lighting, build a 40-foot by 60-foot building and purchase additional inventory to meet increased demand.
In other business, council members:
• approved the purchase of a Case Backhoe in the amount of $79,750, coming from the Water/Sewer budget.
• reviewed and approved the 2017 City Final Audit and the 2017 EDC and Hotel Final Audit
• approved the Interlocal Agreement with TML Multistate Intergovernmental Employee Benefits Pool and Cobra Continuation of Coverage Administrative Agreement.
• heard various staff reports from public works, fire department, police department and library.
• After an Executive Session, council approved the purchase of 3.5 acres behind the City Warehouse with frontage property on Business 175 for warehouse expansion.

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