It is nearing that time of year when spring storms and tornado season starts. We would like to encourage you to register for CODE RED. This is a free program that notifies you of any emergency in your specific area. Emergencies such as weather, Amber Alert, Silver Alert, and any problems with the city water system are samples of the type of alerts you would receive. You do not have to live in the city limits, anyone in Grayson County qualifies for this program. You will need to go to the Grayson County Web site, www.co.grayson.tx.us and go to the directory, click on Emergency Management and click on registration. If you have a problem doing this, call 903-813-4231. Your safety is important. Also, Fire Chief Dockery would like to remind you that the Red Cross has made available free smoke alarms thru their department. These are at the Fire Department and available upon request.
Council has approved an lnterlocal Agreement with VATSD regarding a School Resource Officer (SRO). This is a joint effort between the Police Department and the ISD and is financially supported by the school. The hiring process has started with the minimum requirement being 2 years experience as a police officer, preferred SRO experience. The officer will be first and foremost a law enforcement officer. Other news from Chief Barnes is that his department has received a grant from the governor’s office for 9 ballistic bulletproof vests.
Library Director Judy Kimzey announces that Ashley Ramon, Library Circulation and Admin. Assistant is the proud mother of a handsome boy. Mother and son are doing fine, proud father is still walking on air.
Council approved contracting with Vale and Associates, P.C. for an lnternal Control Audit that will be for the Administration and Public Works Departments. The cost will be $10,500.00 for the Administration Department and $17,000.00 for the Department of Public Works.
Downtown striping for parking will be done in March. Striping will be on Preston from Cooper to Fulton, on Marshall from Main to Waco, on North Main from Cooper to Marshall , and on Jefferson from Waco (Hwy.5) to Main. All parking on Jefferson Street will be striped for parallel parking.
Council has approved the 2018 scheduled cost for street repairs that are to be done by the County. Scheduled on Dallas Street is from Hynds to Fulton, on Kelly from County Line to Houston, on Valley from E. Jefferson to City Limits, on E. Shreveport from John Douglas to Sherman, on Austin from Main to Sherman, and on W. Fulton from Wilkins to Dallas.
March 5th is the starting date for Van Alstyne’s Part-time Interim City Manager Lane H. Jones. His prior experience includes work as Deputy Assistant Chief of Staff, Business Operations for Marine Corps Community Services, Marine Corps Base, Camp Pendleton where he served for 20 years. He was employed as City Manager in Healdton, Oklahoma before accepting a position here.
CITY EMPLOYMENT OPPORTUNITIES – Applications are available online and at City Hall.
Administration-Full time Utility Billing Clerk
Fire Department- Full-time fireman
Police Department-Three openings for full-time police officers
Department of Public Works- Wastewater Operator. B license required.
The next regular City Council Meeting will be March 13th 6:30 p. m., Van Alstyne Community Center.
Teddie Ann Salmon, Mayor Pro Tem