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Boy Scouts attend Valley Grande Council meeting

The Boys Scouts of America attended Monday’s Valley Grande City Council meeting.

Troop 76 Scout Master Fred McCormick, Assistant Scout Masters Richard Johnson and Harold Wells brought Grant Arrington, Jack Johnson, Owen Sansom and Will Lewis for the citizenship requirement for a merit badge. They must attend a City Council meeting or Dallas County Commission meeting or any school board meeting to fulfill citizenship requirement.

Mayor Wayne Labbe, Council members Kay Davidson, Jane Harris, Bruce Hughes and Robbie Rose were present. Councilwoman Sara Day didn’t attend because she has COVID.

Labbe said the council was thrilled to have members of the local boys scouts attend a council meeting.

“Being a boy scout has its perks,” Labbe said. “What they’re doing is worthwhile.”

The other big news coming from the meeting is that the city council passed its $1.1 million budget for the 2022 Fiscal Year that begins on October 1.

Labbe said it was necessary to spend more for the upcoming year.

In other council news:

-The council approved Resolution 2021-135 Amendement for Subdivision Ordinance to amend resolution 2016-48 section 6.5  to change the size and shape of lots in subdivisions.

“It’s to keep the same width on lots, we can go deeper if the lots are more than an acre,” Labbe said.

Labbe also said that he will meet with a person on Friday about Subdivisions.

-The Tier 1 retirement plan that the city council voted for takes effect on October 1.

-Valley Grande received a final insurance check, $6,000 for park damage.

-Labbe will meet with Southeast Transportation Engineer on a TAP Grant kickoff meeting on September 28. Dallas County Engineer Heath Sexton is expected to attend the meeting.

Earlier this month, city was awarded a $506,372 grant for sidewalk improvements along County Road 16 and County Road 81. Labbe said that the city will be getting lights.

The next Valley Grande City Council meeting will be held on October 4 at 6 p.m. at Valley Grande City Hall.