The Lumberton City Council began the evening of Monday, July 24 with a public hearing to discuss some zoning requests. Once that hearing concluded, the Council convened for their regular meeting.
One of the first items on the agenda was the discussion and possible action regarding the adoption of a Resolution recognizing the need for a nursing home facility in Hardin County. This was discussed in-depth at the last meeting along with a presentation by Jeff Rhodes, of The Rhoman Group, Inc. The company is interested in building a nursing home facility somewhere in Hardin County in the next few years.
“This type of service is critical to citizens,” stated Mayor Don Surratt. The Council passed the adoption of the resolution unanimously.
The zoning requests that were discussed during the earlier public hearing were brought to the Council for votes.
A request was submitted by Bryan Case to encroach upon his front setback line to build a garage at his property in the Greenwood Subdivision. The request as unanimously passed by the Council.
Next was a request submitted by Steve Syvertsen of America’s Roadside Media, Inc. to place a billboard approximately 875 feet from Walton Road. The property is located at 618 North LHS Drive. The city ordinance calls for the distance to be 1,000 feet. The request was unanimously denied by the Council.
The last zoning request was submitted by Chuck King to approve the final plat of Woosley Palms Phase Two-B. Councilman Dan Bell noted that there have been some revisions of the plans since the preliminary plat was approved. He asked if those changes are included in the final plat. It was confirmed that those revisions are included in the final plat and the request was approved.
City Manager Steve Clark said he was meeting with someone who was recommended by the Texas Department of Transportation for street repairs. They will be looking at streets in Lumberton that are in need of repair.
Council woman Sharon Spears asked the Council to recognize the efforts of Lynette Barks for her part in organizing the second annual Back the Badge event that took place on Wednesday, July 19 at the Lumberton ISD Performing Arts Center. That request was met with applause from council members and attendees.
Lumberton Chief of Police Danny Sullins had some news regarding a grant that area law enforcement received. He recently attended a planning commission meeting and said the three-county region including Hardin, Jefferson, and Orange received a grant of $1.07 million to fight terrorism over a period of three years.