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Posted by: In: Blog 31 Mar 2016 0 comments

The 77 cafe is looking for a cook. If you are interested please visit them at the restaurant, located a couple of miles north of Rosebud on Hwy 77. This is a very good place to eat, so let’s find them a good cook. 

Posted by: In: Blog 29 Mar 2016 0 comments

Once again I have to apologize for being so long between posts.
It is an exciting time in Golinda, we are about to open our new Dollar General store. That may not sound like much to most of you, but that is equal to a Wal-Mart Super Center as far as we are concerned. Please stop by and spend some money in Golinda.
We are very happy to welcome David & Christy Wolff to Golinda. They are the new owners of The Country Store. If you are in town around lunch or dinner, please give them a try. They serve some great home cooked meals.
We are patching some holes in our paved streets this week. I wish we had the money to do more, but sadly, that is not the case.
I would like to take this opportunity to thank the Ladies Club of the First Baptist Church of Golinda for preparing a meal and providing numerous hugs for our family following our son’s memorial service. We cannot thank all of you enough. Having friends such as you is worth more than anything to Mary and I. You are one of the reasons we love this community so much.
Remember the Council meets every 2nd Tuesday of the month at 7:00 p.m. in City Hall. Everyone is welcome.
We are currently working on a zoning plan for our town, I will have more on that in future posts.

Posted by: In: Blog 13 Oct 2015 0 comments

OCTOBER 13, 2015

We were not able to post this month’s council meeting agenda on the website due to computer issues. However, the agenda was posted at City Hall last week so we are legal. The October meeting will be held tonight at 7:00 p.m.

TES held their Fall clean up last Saturday and it was a huge success. Chris told me that he filled up 2 garbage trucks and a large trailer. Thank you to all of you that are doing your part in keeping Golinda clean.

While talking about the clean up, we are in the process of locating the owners of several tracts in town that have been neglected or abandoned for years. Once we locate the property owners we will send them a letter encouraging them to clean up their property.

One of my neighbors found 2 female cow dogs on his front porch this morning. This is one of the many benefits of living in a rural area, you do not have to buy a dog. Folks will bring you one. If you know of any lost dogs please contact me.

Posted by: In: Blog 22 Sep 2015 0 comments

I have several areas to address in this post.
First of all, let me tell you that the council and I were very pleased at the turnout for last months council meeting. As you recall, we were to discuss the best way forward for our fair city regarding our economic situation. I am happy to report that the general consensus was that we simply learn to operate on the limited amount of funds that are available to us at any given point in time. In other words we will operate using the theory of “poor boys have poor ways”, a principle not unknown to myself and a number of you as well, I suspect. We will continue to have our City Hall open on Tuesday of each week, this includes keeping the city secretary on staff. It will mean that we may not be able to repair your favorite pot hole immediately or cut the weeds along your street every week or so, however, it does not mean that we will never be able to perform these duties. We will all need to have some patience and understanding.

On the good news-bad news front this morning, we received our sales tax revenue check from the State today. It was for $824.00. On the good news front, Oncor dropped by this morning with their annual franchise fee check in the amount of $12,000+. This deposit will push our bank account to just over $80,000. It sounds like a nice amount but it does not go far in running our city services. It does insure us that we can continue to function as an incorporated city for the next several years, as long as we keep a tight belt.

As some of you are already aware, we have had a couple of thefts in town withing the past couple of weeks. A refrigerated air conditioning unit (compressor) was stolen from a vacant home of west Central and a go cart was taken from the side yard of a home on Elkins. If you have any information regarding these thefts, please call me at City Hall or at my home.

You have probably noticed that we mowed our streets last week. Before we could get the crew together and ready to mow, someone unknown to me, had already mowed the Woodland area. They did a very good job of also. Probably a little better than we had been doing it. Whomever you are, thank you very much. This is the kind of good neighbor attitude that will keep our city alive and going well into the future.

We did have a dog bite incident this past week. Thank goodness it did not result in any permanent physical damage. The incident was entirely preventable had the dog, one that had been reported on several times in the past year for being aggressive, been properly penned and/or restrained. I sent a copy of our animal ordinance to every address in town last year. If you do not have your copy, please come by City Hall on any Tuesday and pick up a copy. The City Council is fed up with citizens blatantly ignoring the fact that their dogs are not allowed to run free, for any reason, at any time. We do not care if you just let them out once or twice a day to do their business, they will not be allowed off a leash or other method of restraint. The city has been very lenient in this regard in the past, but because of this recent incident we will not be lenient in the future. If you have a dog or dogs and do not have a fenced yard, I strongly encourage you to build one or get rid of your dogs. Also, it goes without saying that all animals are required to have their vaccinations current and their tags displayed on their collars.

I mentioned at our last meeting how much we, the council, appreciates all of you for keeping and maintaining your yards and property so nice. A large number of you mow your yards right up to the street and this saves us a lot of money when it comes to the city doing the mowing. Keep up the good work it has not gone unnoticed.

Update on our new Dollar General store. They are waiting for final approval from the DOT for their driveway plan. The Golinda Water Corp. is waiting on their payment for a meter to begin installation of the water meter. It is getting closer, I believe we will see it open before Christmas. Cross your fingers.

The Council did not make their annual contribution to Meals on Wheels at our last meeting due to the fact that we do not have anyone in town receiving the meals. It seems to me that there is surely someone in our town needing this service if we only knew who they are. If you, or if you know someone, wanting to use this great service please contact Meals on Wheels or one of us at City Hall.

Posted by: In: Blog 25 Aug 2015 0 comments

The Golinda City Council has called a public meeting to be held on Tuesday, September 8 at 7:00 p.m. to discuss our town’s current and future financial goals.

As you all know, Golinda does not, at this time, levy any property taxes on our citizens. We have always relied on sales tax revenues from our local businesses. The sales tax revenues averaged around $8,000.00 monthly, however, in the last quarter of 2014 our revenues fell to an average of $800.00 per month and continues to be within that range. The city expenditures average $6,000.00 per month with some months as high as $18,000.00 or a low as $3,000.00. Of course, this depends on how much work is done on our streets and in cleaning up our roadways. As you can see, city services will have to be cut dramatically if we continue to have these shortfalls. Our base expenses, salary for the city secretary, electric bill, phone bill and park maintenance runs around $1,500.00 per month. Add to these the costs of association memberships, training and supplies and we currently operate at least $1,000.00 in the red. This is if we do not provide any type of services whatsoever. Of course, at this rate it is inevitable that we, at some point in time, go completely broke.

We have called this meeting in hopes of getting a large turnout so as to discuss our current situation and how and what may be done to improve our financial condition. There are several things that we will discuss. Among these will be the possibility of assessing a city tax. As a General Law city we can, if approved by our citizens, levy up to a 1.5% city tax. This would be based on current appraisals. We will discuss staying the course by providing minimum services, as has been done in the past, and staying afloat with the aid of fund raisers and help from our citizens. We will discuss abolishing our corporate existence (this requires a petition and an election) thereby opening up the possibility of annexation by one of our neighbors. If this is the route chosen, we would then become dependent on Falls county to provide our services. As we all know, Falls county is not in the best of financial circumstances themselves.

As you can see, there is a lot to discuss and thrash over. I look forward to seeing all of you at this meeting. Everyone is invited and all ideas will be welcomed.

Doyle Parks – Mayor

 

Posted by: In: Blog 30 Jun 2015 0 comments

I have called a special meeting for Tuesday, June 30th to address residential concerns about recent flooding in our community.

I received several calls from both Briar Lane and Brooks Circle voicing concerns with flooding or potential flooding. My visit to the area resulted in the belief that something needs to be done about the lack of drainage facilities in Golinda. It is my hope that we can get enough concerned citizens involved so that we may not only visit about this issue, but take some definite steps to improve the current situation. This will probably result in some ditching, culvert cleaning and/or replacement, performing remedial land work to eliminate current drainage blockage, resulting in small lakes of water with limited drainage. This can not only result in potential flooding but also enhances the mosquito environment.

Please join me at city hall at 7:00 p.m. on the 30th to help your city council find the necessary remedies for this situation.

In other matters, it has been brought to my attention that we have several citizens using a garbage pick-up company other than TES. TES holds an exclusive contract with the city and is the only trash pick-up company authorized to operate in Golinda. They pay a rebate for this right and it is not fair to use a trash company that does not pay the city a fee nor have a contract to operate here. If you have been using someone other than TES, please stop their pick-up. If you want to subscribe to a trash pick-up service, please call TES and get set up for service.

The Golinda Volunteer Fire Department is holding a fund raiser by selling fireworks at the fire station now through the 4th of July. Please come by and support your local fire fighters.

Mayor

Posted by: In: Blog 05 May 2015 0 comments