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June 5, 2014

Muenster elected officials take oath of office

Muenster — The oath of office was administered to reelected Muenster City Council members Jewel Otto, Greg Bohl and Pat Stelzer, according to the June 2 unofficial minutes.

Otto, Bohl and Stelzer were uncontested during the May 10 election.

Council members honored Betty Felderhoff for 40 years of service at the Muenster Library. Muenster Mayor Joey Anderson read a proclamation recognizing Felderhoff’s 40 years of volunteer work. She plans to continue volunteering. A June 21 reception is planned from 10:30 a.m. To 2:30 p.m. at the library. The public is invited to attend.

Bid proposals were submitted for street repairs and paving projects and council members unanimously approved Bolen Construction’s proposal B: Second Street from Walnut to Hickory streets, Third Street from Walnut to Sycamore streets, Sycamore from Cross to Eddy streets and various patch areas at a cost of $177,700.

An employee pay raise for Jean Holder was approved. Holder obtained a water operator’s license. City policy rewards employees a $50 monthly salary increase for each license obtained.

Council members discussed a parking issue in the 100 block of Main Street. Bohl stated that there is a truck and trailer parking issue in the 100 block of Main Street across from Doc’s Bar and Grill. Trucks with trailers extend too far into the street or double park, creating a dangerous pedestrian hazard and other potential problems. Bohl commented that there is plenty of trailer parking on First Street and recommends utilizing signs or stripes to prohibit trailer parking.

Police Chief Blankenship recommended using both signs and striping. Endres stated that TXDOT will not stripe roads and Leo Lutkenhaus stated that the city does not have the proper equipment for striping streets. Bohl recommended presenting proposals for striping at the next meeting.

Endres reported the following:

The city pool opened May 24 and everything is running smoothly.

TXDOT provided a feasibility study of adding another traffic signal to Highway 82 at Mesquite Street and reported that one is not necessary at this time.

According to the Greater Texoma Utility Authority and Texas Municipal League, Muenster’s water and sewer rates are below the state average.

In the Cooke, Grayson, and Fannin counties, Muenster ranked 10th lowest in water rates and 13th lowest in sewer rates.

Vessels Construction plans to start construction on the sewer block grant on July 1 and should be completed in two months.

Council members approved May’s expenditures that totaled $134,669.90. Alderman Jack Flusche abstained from the vote.

Anderson read a proclamation that declares June as Domestic Violence Awareness Month. Abigail’s Arms representative Kelly Fiore-Watson provided information about the shelter for victims of domestic violence. She stated that the shelter receives 30 to 45 new clients monthly and has numerous programs to assist victims of domestic violence. They also have programs for bullying and group therapy for perpetrators.

 

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