The regular meeting of the Lumberton City Council on Monday, May included a proclamation citing May as Mental Health Month.
Reading from the proclamation Councilman David Maniscalco stated: “prevention is an effective way to reduce the burden of mental health issues.”
Every citizen shares the burden of these problems, he read, adding the month of May was recognized as the month for mental health awareness.
Lane Fortenberry, Public Relations with the Spindletop Center, approached the council to acknowledge their support.
“I just wanted to thank the city for recognizing May as an all mental health awareness month,” he said.
The Spindletop Center has a Coffee Talk Support Groups meeting at the New Deliverance Church in Silsbee.
“These are for folks who have gone through an emotional trauma with Hurricane Harvey, and things like that,” Fortenberry said.
They meet at 5:30 p.m. on the first Monday of every month, and interested people should check the Spindletop social media page.
In matters on the consent agenda, the council agreed to make Steve Templeton, mayor pro tem for the year 2019-2020.
Additional items that passed including two zoning variance requests were granted for building setback lines to construct building access areas.
The first lot requested by SMW Projects is located on 570 North LHS with the second property located on 6580 Columbus Circle as requested by DJM Contractors.
A final replat item in Beaumont Colony passed to divide property on 180 Southland Drive.
Several members up for re-appointment to the Library Board were passed by council in the affirmative.
Finally, a discussion of the use of gray pipe in new construction subdivisions for the purpose of drainage was raised.
City Attorney Curtis Soileau reviewed the context of the existing ordinance for the council said: “it is for developers on new construction.”
There has been some confusion about private homeowners connecting backyard drainage pipes to storm drain pipe.
Those are issues of the HOA of any subdivision, and not, the purview of city ordinance.
Soileau explained that the ordinance relates to pre-construction requirements for contractors.
“If it’s a part of the drainage structure, we are not going to allow anything inferior,” Councilman Dan Bell said, regarding city-wide drainage.
The existing ordinance calls for materials and overall drainage construction to come up to code.
Soileau stated that it was enough that the city council discussed the matter without a vote.