Pinehurst Receives SRA Funds
The Sabine River Authority of Texas presented the Pinehurst City Council a check for $20,000 for disaster recovery at the regular city council meeting Tuesday, October 28.
The Disaster Recovery Assistance Fund program of the SRA provides funding to local water districts and municipalities that were hardest hit by Hurricane Ike.
Two citizens, Betty Burns and W. B. Matthews, Sr. appeared before the council and addressed concerns that the drainage in the Whippoorwill Street area will be affected by the construction of the new elementary school that borders the area’s main drain ditch.
Mayor T. W. Permenter replied that the city is aware of the problem with drainage in the area and that a survey is ongoing to study the situation.
The city has had to demolish several structures and the council is taking under advisement ways to recover the demolition and municipal court costs from the owners of the properties.
John Beeson and Shawn Sadaruddin appeared before the council and made reports on their efforts to repair their properties.
Both men stated that Hurricane Ike had caused problems with them being able to comply with deadlines given by the city to make the necessary repairs. The council gave both men extensions to show acceptable progress on the repairs before the next steps are taken which could lead to condemnation of their properties.
The council voted unanimously to reappoint Debbie Cormier as the City Secretary for a one year period.
In other business the council voted to reschedule the next workshop and regular city council meeting jointly. The meeting will be held Nov. 13.