The Lumberton City Council convened for a regular meeting on Monday, May 14 at City Hall. The first items up for discussion and possible action were two Proclamations that were approved by the Council.
The first Proclamation recognizes May 2018 as Mental Health Awareness Month. A representative from Spindletop Center was in attendance and expressed appreciation for the support from the City of Lumberton. Council Member, Lynette Barks read aloud the Proclamation.
The Proclamation recognizing May 2018 as Motorcycle Safety Awareness Month and representatives from the San Jacinto High Rollers were present to receive the Proclamation. “We’d like to thank the City of Lumberton for participating in the Motorcycle Safety Awareness Proclamation campaign,” said a representative. She also noted the motorcycle accidents/wrecks that have occurred recently in Hardin County. Council Member Sharon Spears read the Proclamation.
Council Members Steve Templeton and Sharon Spears along with Mayor Don Surratt took the Oath of Office given by City Attorney, Curtis Soileau.
For the rest of the meeting, the Council quickly moved through their agenda items. The Library Advisory Board members were appointed.
City Manager Steve Clark requested that the Council approve his intention to seek bids for a sanitation provider for the City of Lumberton. They discussed setting a date for the deadline for bids and determined that date would be June 19. They plan on placing a notice in local publications shortly. The request was approved.
Clark asked for authorization to seek Request for Qualifications related to Hurricane Harvey for Grant Administrative Services to assist in the pre-award and post-award of Hazard Mitigation Assistance projects. That includes grants from the Texas Division of Emergency Management, Texas Water Development Board. Other sources to support City projects may include Hazard Mitigation Grant Program, Pre-Disaster Mitigation, and/or Flood Mitigation Assistance. The Council approved the authorization.
A similar request by Clark to seek Request for Qualifications related to Hurricane Harvey for Engineering Services to assist in projects was approved by the Council.
The Lumberton Police Department recently received an honor from the Department of Public Safety. The DPS Region 2 Director informed the Lumberton Police Chief Danny Sullins that his department has won the Director’s Award for exceptional assistance and commitment to serving others during the catastrophic flooding brought on by Hurricane Harvey. There will be a ceremony on May 30 in Houston.