“Because what concerns my neighbor concerns me also,” he said, speaking to citizens in general. “We appreciate you.”
Also during the meeting, Mayor Therrell Thomas expressed condolences for the loss of longtime Councilman James Yelverton, whose services on the council spanned 12 years.
“We appreciate Mr. Yelverton's service to the community, of giving of his time and efforts and energy,” the mayor said. “His spot is missed on the council but not in our hearts.”
In other business, the council:
• APPROVED an airport land lease for a hangar by Johnny Haley.
• APPROVED a resolution to accept a finance contract with the Government Capital Corporation for the purpose of procuring various essential equipment. The agreement calls for five annual payments beginning October 15, 2014 in the amount of $49,756.43 with an effective interest rate of 3.20 percent.
• APPROVED a budget amendment for fiscal year 2013-2014 to increase retail fund revenue.
• APPROVED a budget amendment for fiscal year 2013-2014 to increase retail fund maintenance and repair / building of a Sanderson Farms structure.
• APPROVED an expenditure of $19,450 for roof repairs at the Palestine Mall.
• APPROVED an expenditure of up to $150,000, potentially, for computer and software upgrades for the City of Palestine and various departments.
• APPROVED an expenditure of $37,823.10 to rebuild the rotation assembly and replace the gearbox for the centrifuge at Town Creek Wastewater Treatment Plant.
• APPROVED an ordinance granting a specific use permit request submitted by David Parker for an automotive repair facility at 601 N. Church St.
• APPROVED a residential replat combining lots 11, 12 and 13 of the Twin Oaks Addition into one single lot being Lot 11-R. The property is located at 707 Alpine St., at the north east corner of the intersection of S. Loop 256 and Alpine Street.
To wrap up the meeting, council members Vickey Chivers and Vernon Denmon spoke favorably of Black History Month, taking place this month, and encouraged the public to attend a program sponsored by Palestine Walmart Supercenter celebrating black history and promoting “justice, equality and opportunity,” Chivers said.
Councilman Will Brule will speak during the event, which will take place at 7 p.m. today at Palestine Walmart.
Chivers also noted that First United Methodist Church, located at 422 S Magnolia St, is looking for individuals who need minor repairs to their home. Interested parties can contact Chivers or church member Danny Smith. The church's phone number is 903-729-6205.