City of Pinehurst receives praise for quick action
The Pinehurst City Council opened the Tuesday meeting by issuing two proclamations. The first was the proclamation of April as Fair Housing Month in the City of Pinehurst. The proclamation states that the City of Pinehurst is fully in compliance with the principle of fair housing for all citizens as stated in the Civil Rights Act of 1968.
The second proclamation stated that the month of May will be designated as Motorcycle Safety Awareness Month. The proclamation states the need for vehicle drivers to become more aware of the presence of motorcycles and to give motorcycles the same respect as any other vehicle on the roadways.
The motorcycle awareness proclamation is a result of a campaign sponsored by various motorcycle groups nationwide. At the Pinehurst meeting there were representatives of the Red Knights, Bikers for Christ, and the Circuit Riders motorcycle clubs. Pinehurst Mayor T.W. Permenter presented the proclamation to the group.
The council went into a 35 minute closed session to discuss several issues. One issue that was discussed in closed session and acted on in the reopened session was to give City Administrator Joe Parkhurst the authority to obtain an assessment and appraisal of the old city hall building. After the appraisal is done, the council will discuss whether to lease or sell the property.
Action was taken in the reopened session on the reappointment of Parkhurst as the city administrator. City employees had been given a three percent pay raise, which Parkhurst had turned down. As a result of the exceptional job the council feels Parkhurst is doing he was reappointed and given the raise along with the other employees
In the report Parkhurst made as City Administrator he read a letter from a citizen complementing the employees of the Water and Sewer Department for their quick action in saving the citizen’s home from excessive damage during the recent deluge last Tuesday. Sewage began to back up in the home and the homeowners were attempting to fight the incoming sewage. They made a call to the city and in a short time Matt Stephens and another employee came out and pulled a clean-out plug that relieved pressure and stopped the sewage from entering the home. The letter stated that had Stephens and the other employee not have arrived so soon that they would have had much more damage than they already had. “We appreciate our citizens letting us know what is going on, whether it is good or bad. We feel that we really have a group of outstanding employees in the City of Pinehurst,” said Permenter.
Parkhurst reported that in attempt to minimize the impact of flushing the waterlines, the city is flushing lines at 9:00 p.m. on Friday nights. The city is aware of the problem of dirty water in the lines and is looking for solutions to the problem.
Several new businesses are in the process of locating in the city. Parkhurst reported that Fuzzy’s should be opened in the old Crazy Jose’s location about May 1. The new Dixie Glass business on MacArthur Drive will also be opened about the same time.
PacOil has leased the Strickland Plaza building in front of Craft Oil and will be opening a package store, and an Exxon three pump and convince store in the building.
A survey is underway to determine the status of lighting in the city. Lights that need to be repaired and replaced are being identified.
TXDOT is beginning the survey on MacArthur Drive to determine the traffic flow and to see where a traffic light may be placed. The study will also take into account the lighting along MacArthur Drive, and determine the amount of street lighting needed to improve vision.
The Spring Cleanup for the City of Pinehurst will be held on April 14 at the old Sears store in the MacArthur Shopping Center. From 7:30 to 11:30 a.m. Pinehurst citizens may bring to the collection point household garbage, wood, furniture, and appliances for disposal. Appliances must be free of Freon.
Hazardous materials will not be accepted. This includes tires and batteries, antifreeze, used oil, insecticides, any household chemicals, and no old gas containers. The city will also not accept limbs and trees.
Early voting for the Pinehurst city elections will be held April 30 to May 8 from 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m at the Orange Public Library. Regular election will be May 12 from 7:00 a.m. to 7:00p.m. at the Salvation Army Building.