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Council takes steps to remedy road conditions

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PAYNE SPRINGS–Payne Springs City Council members again heard complaints about the condition of roads 2854 and 2852 at the Feb. 19 meeting but not without making steps to  help remedy the situation.
Concerned citizens brought up many issues about the pothole-filled roads including the roads being “almost beyond repair.”  Ambulance transport and daily wear are making it difficult to travel to houses on the road without health (especially infants in car seats) and car damage. Residents said the roads are crushing up due to the rain and constant travel and the fact they are not being repaired correctly.
One citizen said the county will not fix the roads as they are within the city limits. The city stated they do not have the money to fix all the roads as it is a million dollar project. Council members sympathized with citizens and Mayor Renberg said between the rain and the cities old equipment they are facing big obstacles.
Several citizens asked for de annexation so they will not be the cities responsibility and can go back to the county to ask for help.
One citizen asked if the city could borrow or rent the equipment needed.
After citizens were done speaking, council members looked at a long list of roads needing repair in the city and took action on two bids regarding road repairs. Council members accepted a bid from L and S Pavements for $42 a ton with the city paying for sand and oil.
The city also approved the purchase of a 1999 International Dump Truck from Murchison Fire Department. The city will buy the used tanker for $2,000 and will need to add a dump bed. The truck is diesel with 250,000 miles.
Council members also decided to table a decision to fine those businesses not paying their business permit fees by the due date of Dec. 31. Options they are discussing is a one-time fine, issuing citations and/or using a multiple fine system.
In other business, council members:
• approved the January treasurer’s report by Dick Hoffman stating the total income for January was $186,638.68 and total expenses were $193,481.31. That leaves the city in a negative balance of $6.842.63. That balance is due to $136,564.47 for grant expenditures. City Secretary Karen Juica gave the court report of $24,557.75 income and $30,201.89 expenses.
• heard the public release for the new website will be Monday, March 4. The website is www.paynespringstx.com.
• approved an ordinance to give the mayor authority to sign to hold an election for street maintenance sales tax.
• tabled a discussion to allow the Henderson County Fire Marshal to conduct fire inspections inside the city. Council members decided to table the item to acquire more information on which businesses to include in the agreement.
• tabled the purchase of police software which will make the racial profiling report quicker and easier to put together.

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