City council honors state medalist

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After holding a workshop the previous week, the Mineola City Council breezed through their May meeting with the swearing in of returning councilpeople and recognition of a state medalist.

The first order of business was the recognition of Mineola High School freshman Abby Kratzmeyer for winning state in pole vault at the University Interscholastic League 3A in Austin earlier this month. The diminutive Kratzmeyer stood and beamed as Mayor Kevin White read the recognition plaque to her.

Returning council members Sue Jones, Ward 1; Jayne Lankford, Ward 2 and Novada Bigham, Ward 3, were sworn in by City Secretary Cindy Karch.

Also in last Monday’s meeting, the council agreed to a three percent rate increase on the solid waste collection fees for residential and commercial. That would be a 31 cent increase a month on residential trash collection.

The council also approved adding David Madsen, fire marshal, as a signatory on the city’s bank accounts upon the recommendations of the city’s auditors. The meeting included the appointment of Pam Hamlett of Mineola to the Wood County Industrial Commission Board to replace Janna Castloo.

City Administrator Mercy Rushing informed the council of a Suddenlink rate increase of which the city was informed as a courtesy of the company that is now owned by Altice.USA. A letter from the company said efforts were being taken to ensure no customer’s bill increases by more than $8.25 a month.

The meeting included the reading of a thank you letter to the city from Broad Street Church of Christ Secretary Jean Delafield for use of the nature preserve. “God blessed us with perfect weather and the pavilion and amphitheater were the ideal gathering places for our group. The view from the pavilion was amazing! Mineola is blessed to have this beautiful place. And we appreciate the city for making it available for us to use at no charge,” the letter said.

Rushing also made a point of thanking two street department employees Charlie Marquez and Jose Maldonavo who had been instrumental in helping with getting the depot ready for the Mineola Model Train ceremony earlier this month. She also noted the previous week had included a big day at the nature preserve as five or six busloads of students from different schools had gone there for a special field trip.

All council members were present for the May meeting.

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