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Grayville City Council announces preliminary budget

The Grayville City Council met Monday night for their first meeting in March. Following approval of the treasurer’s report and purchase order approvals, the Council approved the donation of $2500 from the motel/hotel tax fund to Grayville Days to assist in hiring entertainment for the Mudbug Fest in June and the as yet unnamed hog roast in August.  The fund may only be used for tourism purposes.

The Council unanimously approved a TIF agreement with Westwood Equities for the Rest-Up Campground.

Affordable Gas and Electric was given approval to act as an agent of the City to procure electrical rates in an effort to take advantage of lower prices.

A contract with CMS for 65 tons of road salt was also approved unanimously.

The preliminary budget was presented, and many City departments will be operating at a deficit.  The budget will be on display at City Hall for thirty days and a public hearing will be held on April 23rd at 6:45 pm prior to the Council meeting.

Compensation for City Commissioners was set at $150 a month plus $75 for each regular meeting the Commissioner attends.  The mayor’s compensation was set at $350 a month and $162.50 for each regular meeting attended.  There will be no compensation for special meetings.  The changes will go into effect in May 2019 when a new Council is seated.

The Council received an update on the well monitoring system and the need to repair the telemetry system.  Action will be taken at a future Council meeting.

In the February Police report, Grayville officers answered 209 calls for service during the month, opening 30 new case files.  19 arrests were made, 49 citation and 54 warnings issued, and two crash reports were filed.

The meeting adjourned at 7:38 pm, and the Council next meets on March 26th at 7 pm.