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    Left to right are Wes Bloxham, Mayor Pro-Tem Alice Sain and Eddie Nowak. Bloxham returns to serve a second two-year term and Sain and Nowak have each served nine terms, for a total of 18 years, on Graford’s City Council.

Graford city council sworn in

Graford’s Mayor Pro-Tem Alice Sain took the helm at the June 14 meeting at Graford City Hall, in the absence of Mayor Carl Walston and council member Greg Dunn.

Council member Eddie Nowak nominated Alice Sain for another term as Mayor Pro-Tem, David Carlyle seconded the motion and it was agreed that Sain would continue to serve as Mayor Pro-Tem. She has served on the Board since 1996 and been Mayor Pro-Tem for nine terms, for a total of 18 years.

Sain administered the oath of office to returning council members Nowak and Wes Bloxham.

Nowak has also served nine terms, for a total of 18 years, as a City Board member. Bloxham is entering his second two-year term.

The council heard the second reading of an ordinance establishing a reduction in the proposed speed zone on U.S. Highway 337 at the four-way stop at Graford, and approved unanimously to sign the ordinance to lower the speed limit to 60 miles per hour beginning two-tenths of a mile in either direction from the four-way stop intersection. A fine was imposed not to exceed $500 dollars.

In other business, the council approved an interlocal agreement for the assessment and collection of property tax with the county tax collector. The county receives one percent of those collected taxes.

There was some discussion about unkempt properties within Graford city limits, concerning grass and trash on properties.

City Secretary Cynthia Perry said Walston asked to send out four letters giving property owners two weeks to get grass mowed and trash cleaned up and, he wanted to know what else the council would want to do, what further action it might want to take.

Carlyle said an abatement could be placed on the property; basically, the county would come and clean it up, charge the property owner for services and then, if the owner does not pay, place a lien against the property. 

City Superintendent Wiley Francies reported on the status of the water treatment plant.

“It’s coming along,” Francies said. “We’re waiting on the final two parts to come in. The aerator came in yesterday.”

Carlyle asked if the recent rains had hampered progress. Francies said the contractors, Jacob and Martin, LTD, Architects and Engineers, insist they will still be able to finish on time, by Oct. 12, otherwise they would have to pay $500 per day.

The Graford City Council generally meets at 6:30 p.m. the second Tuesday of each month at Graford City Hall, located 424 East Lee Ave. For more information, contact City Secretary, Cynthia Perry, 940-664-2125.

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