Darla Daigle of the Southeast Texas Suicide and Rape Crisis Center appeared before the Pinehurst City Council and thanked them for issuing a proclamation in support of Sexual Assault Awareness and Prevention Month. “Sadly and unbelievably in our area we had a sexual assault charge filed on someone who had molested a three day old baby girl. We also had a case of an assault on a 90 year old woman in a nursing home. It is a problem that will not go away and we need to keep awareness of the problem in the forefront. We thank Pinehurst and the other cities in our area for supporting us and issuing these proclamations”, said Daigle.

City Code Enforcement Officer Harry Vines and property owner jay Deville appeared before council and reported on Deville’s request to convert a mobile home park on Raven Street to a multi housing complex. The proposal is to remove all traces of the mobile home park and rebuild with duplex units. Each unit would be about 544 square feet. They would have kitchen, bath, and laundry hookups in each unit. Most would be one bedroom, but there is a possibility of two bedrooms in some units.

“As proposed, the housing complex complies with our city ordinances. Since it does comply, I am recommending that Mr. Deville be allowed to proceed with his plans to convert the property from mobile homes to the duplex units”, said Vines.

Deville presented a small plat of the complex and two sample floor plans to the council for their information.

“I am not pleased with the way the property looks now. I want to remove all the old mobile homes and build nice housing that will be a credit to me and to the city. It will not be Section 8 housing. It will be affordable for single parents or older citizens needing a nice, affordable place to live,” said Deville.

Several comments were made by council members in support of the complex. Deville will be able to start the project in the near future.

Vines in a later report stated the Planet Fitness is hoping to open for business by April 18.

Ditch cleaning of 41st and Whipporwill Streets is progressing as the weather allows and residents on those streets are reporting that drainage is improved with the current amount of cleaning.

Discussion and action on consideration of a contract with the current ambulance service was tabled until the next meeting.

Photo -​ Darla Daigle is presented the proclamation supporting April as Sexual Assault Awareness and Prevention Month by Pinehurst mayor Pete Runnels.