Tax rate to remain same for Diboll

RICHARD NELSON
editor@dibollfreepress.com

Diboll City Council members approved a proposed tax rate of 56.74 cents per $100 property valuation for fiscal year 2013-2014 – the same rate as last year.
However, the rate will bring in more tax revenue due to raises in appraisals.
Public hearings on the city budget and tax rate will be held at 5:15 Aug. 22 and Sept. 9. Council will vote on the budget and rate Sept. 16.
Council put the rubber stamp on several expenditures Monday during their regular August meeting.
The newest expense was $37,750 for sand trap rehabilitation at Neches Pines Golf Course. Golf Course manager Jimmy Mettlen explained staff could have done the work, but it would have kept them from performing regular course maintenance duties.
Sanders Golf of Cardova, Tenn., will do the work.
The sand trap project follows cart path rehabilitation; a new irrigation system; and upgrades to fairways tee boxes and greens. The vast majority of the cost of the course upgrades has come from T.L.L. Temple Foundation and Keeler grants.
Council members officially awarded the Old Orchard Park restroom project to Timberline Construction of Lufkin. A Keeler grant will pay for $80,000 of the project, and the city will pay $36,000.
Council members also officially awarded Phase II of a street rehabilitation project to Drewery Construction of Nacogdoches. Phase 1 rehabbed Lumberjack Drive. Work is expected to begin Sept. 1. Streets included are:
* South First Street from Boles Lane to low-water structure;
* South First Street from Boles Lane to Maynard;
* South First Street from Maynard to Elm Street;
* South First Street from Elm Street to Martin Luther King Jr. Street;
* Elm Street from Ash Street to South First Street;
* Beech Street from Ash Street;
* Beech Street to Lynn Street;
* Persimmon Street from Beech Street to Robert Nash Street;
* O’Hara Street from Cross Street to Office Street;
* Pine Valley Road from Borden Drive to County Road 64;
* Pine Valley Drive from North First Street to Third Street;
* C Street from North First Street to Third Street;
* B Street from Second Street to Third Street;
* Third Street from Pine Valley Road to B Street;
* Second Street from Pine Valley Road to railroad crossing;
* Second Street from railroad crossing to A Street;
* Hines Street from Booker Avenue to Thompson Street;
* Martin Luther King Jr. Street from South First Street to Neil Pickett Drive; and
* Arrington Road from Lumberjack Drive to Wells.
In other business, council authorized city staff to register surplus equipment with renebates.com to be auctioned off. The items include a 1993 John Deere boom mower; 2006 Suzuki motorcycle; two 1979 JD tractors without front loader; 1980 JD 310 backhoe; FMC 200-gallon pull-behind ag sprayer; and FMC 300-gallon pull-behind ag spayer.
Next meeting, Aug. 22, council members will recommend Diboll residents to serve on the Planning and Zoning Commission and the Charter Review Committee.