The City Council of the City of Lavaca met for a regular monthly meeting Monday, August 12, 2019, at City Hall in Lavaca. Board members present were Mayor Hugh Hardgrave; Aldermen: Mike Ray, Rick Edgerton, Gerald Schaefer, Dale Teague, Lorie Robertson, Benny Hunter, attorney John Verkamp, and Recorder Shelly Hockaday. Visitors present were Steve Helms, Butch Maness, Ken VanDusen, Jack James, Lou Helms, Danny & Patti Dikeman, Randy Toon, Chris White, Paul Sanders, Jeff Hartsfield, Colby Swofford, Jake Parnell, Roy Holtz, Isaiah Schoeppey, Scott Brown, Robert & Wanda Sanders, Stacy Hardgrave, Billy & Shanda Cater, Johnny & Rita Helms, Dan Mello, Scott McDonald and Monte & Holly Hill.
The meeting was called to order at 7:20 P. M. Paul Sanders led the Pledge of Allegiance and Hugh Hardgrave said the prayer.
Lorie Robertson asked that the word dropped be changed to improved in paragraph 5 pertaining to the ISO rating. With this change, the Council approved the minutes of the July regular meeting. (Robertson/Ray) Dale Teague abstained from the vote due to being absent from the July meeting.
Council members reviewed the report from the Police Dept. The Department answered 420 calls in July. LPD issued 7 traffic tickets, 5 criminal tickets, and 8 warnings. There were 10 arrests made in the month of July.
Council members reviewed the report from the Fire Dept. The Department responded to 22 first responder calls, 2 fire call, 1 accident, and 1 road closure.
Mayor Hardgrave made a recommendation that Paul Sanders be appointed as the Lavaca Fire Chief. Steve Helms is retiring from the department after serving a total of 34 years, 14 of those as Chief. (Teague/Ray)
The Council voted to pay the bills for the month of August. (Edgerton/Teague)
There being no further business the meeting was adjourned.