Citizens of Sulphur Springs are urged to be aware and support fair housing laws as a result of a proclamation read by Mayor John Sellers Tuesday night January 2, 2018 during the regular session of the council. April is Fair Housing Month. Housing and streets were the primary focus for the council as they met in the first session of the New Year.
Members of the council approved designated signatories for documents pertaining to a Texas Community Development Block Grant. They also approved establishing policies needed as a part of responsibilities in taking the grant. The grant will provide $275,000 for a rebuild of Sunset Street. That amount is to be matched with $135,000 by the city. Council Member Place 1 Craig Johnson questioned how long the city would be bound by the policies required. City Attorney Jim McElroy responded that the city is already bound to the policies by state and federal law and the policies approved would add no new burden on the city.
Bids and contracts for paving were also approved. Paving materials were the primary interest. Planned street work in December was not accomplished due to the lack of materials. Additional streets are also on the list as the city moves toward spring street work. A low bid of $287,276 by Texana Land and Asphalt was approved.
Council approved the second and final reading of an ordinance authorizing the execution of a special warranty deed conveying certain property of the city on Main Street to Billie Ruth Standbridge. The property will be developed as retail and residence.