NB Council hires new counsel, makes new committee appointments
The New Boston City Council held their regular monthly meeting on May 21, 2019 at City Hall. All council members were present, as was Mayor Johnny Branson, Chief of Police Garry McCrary, and City Secretary Sharmin Hutto. The invocation and Pledge of Allegiance was led by Pastor Ron Humphrey.
New Boston business owner Charles Patton spoke in open forum, stating that he is proud of the voters in New Boston, the schools, the police department, and 3 Bostons Museum, but he is not proud of the unmown yards and dirty streets and curbs in New Boston. He called for the city government and residents to help clean up New Boston, and offered several solutions to get citizens motivated, such as asking retired residents to help with the clean-up and recruiting the help of Telford inmates. “Doing nothing is a curable disease,” he said, and also stated that he hoped someday New Boston could be referred to as “the cleanest town in America.”
The council voted unanimously to ratify the Mayor’s appointment of legal council, hiring Texarkana attorney Wes Jordan of Jordan Law Firm. Jordan’s firm has more than 60 combined years of legal experience and Jordan himself has extensive municipal experience, having represented New Boston for more than 15 years in the late 1970’s to the mid 90’s.
David Williams updated the council on the progress of ongoing street repairs, striping projects, and grant applications for planned sidewalk projects. Williams reported that the TxDOT Safe Routes to Schools cost-reimbursement program application has passed Phase 1, and New Boston has been selected to go on to Phase 2.
Larry Henderson went in to further detail on footnotes from the 2018 financial audit, again stating that the audit was clean and the city is in “great financial shape.”
Reassignments were made, appointing council members to Standing Committees. The committees were organized as follows: Financial/Investment/Procurement: Chairman David Turner, Member Rob Carr; Administrative: Chairman David Turner, Member Neilan Hensley; Public Utilities/Buildings: Chairman Rob Carr, Member Sue Anderson; Fire/Police/Court: Chairman Neilan Hensley, Member Jackie Laney; Park: Chairman Sue Anderson, Member Jackie Laney; Library: Chairman Sue Anderson, Member Jackie Laney; Street: Chairman Rob Carr, Member Neilan Hensley; COG Representative: David Turner.
The council unanimously appointed David Turner as Mayor Pro Tem.
An agenda item regarding the opening of seizure accounts for the police department was tabled. Katie Jiminez, head of public information for NBPD, made a presentation to the council about the upcoming National Night Out, planned at Trailhead Park for October 1, 2019. Jiminez said she plans to recruit local businesses to participate and have food and activities/entertainment.
The council then recessed to closed session to discuss pending litigation regarding the City of New Boston vs. Sinha Hospitality, LLC and Sunny Sinha, but upon their return no action was taken.